In just our second year of being an internationally recognized non-profit organization, we have been fortunate enough to receive tremendous support both from our volunteers and our donors. This month we were pleasantly surprised to receive a gift from a GoFundMe account that had been set up for us by a young man in the Philippines. We were extremely touched by his story and his generous heart.
Here is what Jacob had to say:
“Hello. I am a 16 year old, Grade 11 student from the Philippines. I come from a family that can live comfortably here in Manila. The thing is here in the Philippines, when you come from families with medium to high wealth, more often than not their children are shielded from the harsh reality happening around the country. The harsh reality where poverty-stricken families worry about what they’re going to eat the next day. The harsh reality where crime is very common and money is hard to come by.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, 26.3% or around 1 in 4 of Filipinos were living in poverty in the 1st semester of 2015.
For my birthday this year, I want to mix things up a bit. Instead of me receiving the gifts, I want others to be able to get something that they themselves cannot get.
This all started a few days before my birthday. I honestly do not know what made me think of it but I got thinking that what if this year I would donate all the gifts (usually I get money) i receive to a charity. On the day itself I did my research and it was then when I found the Education Foundation of the Philippines, a charity based in the US but benefits children here in the Philippines. They help underprivileged children get the education they need through their various fundraisers and the donations they receive.
Among their projects are supporting a school in the Subic Bay area, which is west of Manila, Philippines. They have also partnered with a teacher that teaches underprivilaged children also in the Subic Bay area and many more organizations and charities around the country.
These have inspired me to do more than just donate my gifts to them but i didnt have anything more to give then I thought that what if my family and friends also wanted to give to others but didnt just have the opportunity. It was at this point that I decided to create a Go Fund Me page that’ll receive donations which it will then donate, 100%, to the charity.
Through this page I want to raise around $1000 by the end of the year to help the projects of the foundation. According to their website, $100 will fund an entire department of a school so $1000 will go a long way. This amount of money is a lot… thats why I need YOUR HELP to spread the word and hopefully find more donors to help this cause.
This will certainly make my day but the money you guys will be donating will really go a long way into helping the education of underprivilaged Filipino children.
You can check out their website at edfoundationph.org if you want to learn more about the Education Foundation of the Philippines.”
Throughout the year we work tirelessly to raise funds, purchase supplies, and put together boxes to help provide for students in the Philippines. What we did not notice (or give much thought to) was that in this process, not only are we making a difference in the lives of those students who receive our gifts, but we are making a difference in the lives of everyone who hears about us (or in Jacob’s case – who stumbled across our website). By supporting the Education Foundation of the Philippines, know that you are truly making a difference in the world and are setting an example for others and our future generations.
With that being said, we are truly grateful for Jacob and for each person who donates, volunteers, or spreads the word about the work we are doing. Because of your generosity, the Education Foundation of the Philippines has not only been able to touch the lives of hundreds of Filipino students, but has also made a lasting mark on those who see, hear, read about, and believe in our mission.
Thank you, Jacob, and thank you to all our Visionaries!
If you would like to visit Jacob’s GoFundMe page, click HERE.