Hi! I am currently a senior student at the University of the Philippines and I am down to my last semester in college. I have been struggling to survive in college for the past 3.5 years, especially because of our financial situation.
My dad is already 61 years old and he is over-aged for employment, while my mom makes a meager and unstable income from selling sticky rice delicacies in other provinces (~$72 per month).
I am living on about $10 a week. I pay for everything in school, including my own dorm rent. From time to time, I also send to my family a part of my allowance (to cover for other expenses, especially since water and electricity are cut because we cannot pay the bills on time).
I am knocking at your kind hearts to help me survive my last semester in college. I am a very diligent student - a consistent honor student since I was a freshman, in fact. Despite the financial struggles, I am doing my best in my academics; however, expenses are piling up especially since it is graduation in about 4 months and I cannot afford to shoulder everything all alone.
Please help me survive this last semester! Please help me graduate! I am down to my last semester and I badly want to finish college on time so I can help heave my family out of poverty as soon as I can. I am sending my gratitude to everyone who will help make things much easier to bear for me.
(Main campaign photo is our house in the province. My dad sleeps on the floor and we have no toilet facility at home.)