Moving underprivileged youth to a SHINING life through college scholarships

A Day in the Life of Josie…

Hello! Today we went to check out Josie’s college campus. She is studying Elementary Education at The National Teacher’s College, a 30 minute train ride from her slum village in Manila. She was standing so proud in her uniform as she ushered us into the grounds of her school…


This is where Josie has some of her classrooms…


This is the library where Josie told us she spends all her time studying (wink wink)…


This is one of Josie’s best pals in school. They live near each other so they can take the train each day. She said she dreams of becoming an elementary school teacher.


After class ends each day, the girls told me they go out to the street for a ‘merienda’ or snack. Their favorite choice? French fries!


I asked them to pick me out a local favorite to try. Can you guess what this is?


How about now?


Alright, here it is…deep fried sweet plantains! (healthy right?)


NingNing helpers Alfredo and Nonie had their pick of merienda too…


It was so fun to see Josie in her university setting. As she was showing us around, I couldn’t help but wonder what she would be doing if she weren’t in school. Would she be a scavenger on the streets like so many from her community? Perhaps she would be working with her mother as a maid? Or even worse, maybe she would join the ranks of young teen mothers scraping by in the slums of Manila.

But thanks to YOUR support, the NingNing Philippines Education Fund was able to grant her a college scholarship to give her a chance at a brighter future. Her uniform…school supplies…lunch money…transportation allowance…tuition fees are taken care of. I got to witness firsthand today what a real, tangible difference it is making.  So much joy and meaning have been added to Josie’s life as she pursues her dream of becoming a pre-school teacher. With each passing day, she is one step closer.

Thank you again and please keep Josie in your prayers as she continues to work hard to bring up her grade in English. Her classes end in November and Josie will have completed her first semester as a college student – hooray!

 

 

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