Last year, I went on holiday at my hometown in Naujan, province of Oriental Mindoro in the Philippines and noticed that many public school students who live in the coastal areas are going to school by foot. During low tide season they walk by the coastal areas instead of taking the road by the hills as it will be a farther distance. I can estimate that some of them go as far as 3 to 6 kilometers away in the morning and the same distance back home at late afternoon. There were very few of them during my grade school days about forty years ago. During that time they used to stay with some relatives who live near the school so they go home only during weekends. So seeing them walking in groups on weekdays made me realize the hardships they go through even at a very young age so that they can have better lives (hopefully) in the future.
I have contacted my former schoolmates, some of them already teachers in the public school, to help me identify these students so that we can assess the most needy of them and deserve support. We want to provide them bicycles so that they can be inspired to study well by making it easier to go to school.
I am currently working in Singapore, earning better than I would have if working locally, so I am willing to top-up the needed amount to help more students get funded to get their own bicycles and, hopefully, even support in their school supplies.
I have dreams for them. I hope you can dream with me and someday wake up to that future where they live better lives and they themselves dream for others.