About the Charity
"Piso Mo Kinabukasan Ko" means "Your Peso Is My Future." The concept of this project is "GIVING BACK" and it somehow deviates from the norm of focusing mainly on the intellectually gifted,we would like to help the non academically gifted students who are determined just to even short-term vocational courses.
We are located in Vigan City, Philippines, the name of the school is Ilocos Sur National Highschool.
I was blessed to be where i am now and have been given the opportunity to serve the less fortunate members of the community as a medical doctor but because of my work on helping the poor, I have first-hand and intimate knowledge of the communities I have served here in Ilocos Sur and the issues that I experienced growing up as a child with meager resources and furthering my education with the help of everyone around me.
Again, I can say I am blessed. For most of the children in our schools now who's intellectual capacity far exceeds their financial resources, their future is bleak without our help. Kids with potentials, whether intellectually gifted or gifted with special skills are destined into nothingness. These same children will be sitting on our chairs someday, and if we do not do anything about them now, all the hard work that we have done to make our communities a better place to live in, can possibly revert back to where we started when Ilocanos would seek elsewhere to stake their future simply because there is “nothing left to start with” in the first place.
I believe it is time to give back. Why? Because we have so much. Just like most of you, I did not reach my goals in life without the help of the institutions that have been there for us. The schools are the primary institutions for learning and it is where I am directing my energy now in “giving back”. We also have so much more experience, intellect, financial resources and technical skills that we can give to our less fortunate.
We all have stories to tell about our own hardships growing up and seeking a higher education knowing that a college education widens our opportunities and consequently, elevate our social status. But looking back now at the children I see everyday, I think I am in a position to help and it would be unconscionable if I didn't. By helping, I am “giving back” what I received from these institutions who are led by dedicated individuals but lacking in resources and guidance in making sure the children in these schools increase their chances of making it well when they graduate and join our work force.
When we pass, we will not always be remembered by the things we have done but we will always be remembered by how we made others feel. All the things that we own now will belong to someone else and the only legacy we leave behind are the things that will last way beyond our great grandsons/daughters. How do we want Class 72 to be remembered? We need to give something that will last and perpetuate itself in the long run and not fade away with the seasons of time.
We interested in doing the following:
Create and sponsor a school body to identify the poor students' interests and strengths, create an academic path to pursue this field of interest and support this student financially at least through high school.
While supporting intellectually gifted individuals financially have always been the norm, I am also interested in providing the efforts of non-academically inclined individuals destined to join our blue collar work force who, without help, will never graduate even in a two-year vocational course.
We can not do this on our own, so we are asking for your help to help these students with their financial needs. When we give, we get more back. If we don't, we will never get anything. The secret in having more is giving more. We cannot give what we don't have but we have so much. Let's “give back”. Someone we know "gave back" making us who we are now.
Seeing the smiles in these children is priceless, don't you think?