Rapper J. Cole once said: “There’s no such thing as a life that’s better than yours.” Many would disagree, but many would also say that it couldn’t be further from the truth.
Anywhere, poverty will always be encountered. These people struggle more than the average individuals, financially.
Those who live below the poverty line need to put in more efforts to accomplish their goals in life, and are fortunate to even be able to put their children through school.
In Cambodia, a child caught the attention of the Netizens. Sophous Suon posted photographs on facebook of a kid carrying a bag that his father made for him.
The bag is woven from raffia strings and is colored in blue. It has two straps and a buckle. The finished product is cleanly done and is durable enough to carry several books.
Netizens admired how the bag came into being since they found out that real story behind it. The father only made the bag because he couldn’t afford to buy a brand new one for his son.
“I want to buy a bag for him to know where he is. Thank you!”
“Very touching… the bag is the most valuable gift ever from his father for him to go to school. He will understand his father when he grow older. Good father !!! “
“Simple but beautiful”
“Touching! Thank you for showing a great example.”
“sells no less than $8, foreigners are valued on craft goods”
Some people have the unfortunate mentality that when a Pinay has a relationship with a foreigner, said Pinay is only doing so as a way to get out of poverty.
A model and a travel vlogger named Patrice Averilla posted on her Twitter account how she reacted when she overheard a father telling his kids, “Isa na naman pinay ang naka ahon sa kahirapan,” while looking at her.
Seeing the man looking at her while saying those words, Patrice wasn’t able to hold herself back and she confronted the man and said, “Sorry po, pareho kami di ganun kayaman dahil sponsored kami pareho dito.”
She also advised the man not to teach his children that having a relationship with a foreigner means a quick way out of poverty.
“Tsaka wag mo turuan mga anak mo ng ganiyan baka magkajowa din sila ng Afam.”
Averilla is in relationship with Martin Solhaugen who is a Norwegian YouTube vlogger. Both love doing travel blogs and already have thousands of subscribers on their respective YouTube Channels.
This wasn’t the first time that Averilla was the subject of such prejudice. Every time she is with her boyfriend, a lot of people would stare at her with the same knowing looks.
This is not the first time this happened. I get a lot of stares whenever i’m with Martin. I know sa sarili ko that we ALWAYS SPLIT THE BILL pero syempre di nila nakikita yun. Di ko sure dahil babae ba ako or kayumanggi ako eh mukha na ko golddigger?
Daming tao Grabe makahusga
— Patrice Averilla (@avelovinit) May 31, 2019
Because of these experiences, she believes that a lot of Filipinos need to change their way of thinking that a brown-skinned girl going out with a foreigner is automatically a gold digger.
Minsan talaga kailangan mo lumaban sa matanda para matauhan eh.
Pero syempre, always say “po” and “opo” pa din kahit galit ka na. Ok?
— Patrice Averilla (@avelovinit) May 30, 2019
On an episode of GMA Network’s variety show ‘Wowowin’ aired on April 25, an old man revealed that he collects grains of rice everyday just to be able to eat.
The man was invited to the stage as a member of the studio audience. He revealed that he is living with loneliness and that his wife died of leukemia and has no children.
In addition, he also said that he picks up grains of rice from the market just to feed himself which really made the crowd emotional. His usual routine would be picking up grains of rice when the stores in the market are about to close.
One guy from the crowd named Hendricks, who according to him is a call center agent, got so emotional that he started shedding tears.
“Yung sitwasyon niya nagpupulot ng bigas, tapos tayo marami tayong reklamo, maraming hinahanap, nakikita natin kung gaano tayo ka-blessed. Dapat magpasalamat tayo kung anong sitwasyon natin na binigay ng Diyos at mag tiwala tayo sa kanya,” he said in an emotional tone. He then thanked Willie for providing people, including him, happiness through the show. They hugged it out and Hendricks was given the usual presents.
The old man said that it is an honor for him to be at the show and claims to watch the show and is big fan of it. He was then given the usual presents along with the other contestants.
The video of this has over 1.3 million views on YouTube. Netizens showed their sympathy towards the old man and hopes that programs would help out the old man in his struggles in life.
Watch ‘Wowowin,’ weekdays on GMA Network before ’24 Oras.’ Hosted by Mr. Willie Revillame with co-host Sugar Mercado.
Knowledge is the only legacy that parents can give to their children that no one can take away. And parents are willing to do everything just to give good education to their children.
Though life was hard, a daughter graduated from her college degree and honored his father who worked hard as a “kargador” just to let her finish her college education and have a better life.
Manilyn Esquelito Akoy comes from a poor family and her father works as a “kargador” in a construction site. Seeing her father’s hard worked motivated her to fulfill her dreams of graduating from college, so she can provide her family with a better life in the future.
“Lahat ng hirap na pinagdaanan ng mga magulang ko ang syang nagsilbing inspirasyon ko para pagbutihin ko ang aking pag-aral. Dahil si Papa isang kargador samantalang si Mama naman ay syang nag-aalaga’t nagaasikaso sa aming magkakapatid.”
With their family’s situation, they managed to live in a squatter’s area while enduring sleepless nights during the rainy season because their place was always flooded. There was also a time that their house was included in a fire and her mother acquired burns on her arms to save them who were inside the burning house.
“Naalala ko pa noon, halos 10 years kaming nanirahan sa squatters area ng minsang masunog ang aming bahay. Hindi alintana ni Mama noon ang maiwan sa loob ng lumalagablab naming bahay, mailigtas lamang kaming magkapatid, kaya nag iwan ito ng malaking marka sa kanyang braso.”
Despite her young age, Manilyn did not leave all the responsibility to her parents. While studying hard, she also tried her best to earn extra income and instead of using it for her extra-curricular activity contributions in school, she would rather use the money she earned to buy their food.
“Upang makatulong ako sa aking mga magulang, nagtututor ako, gumagawa ng mga project ng mga tamad na estudyante, nagpapaketi ng chicharon sa aming kapit bahay. naglalako ng gulay, namumulot ng plastik, bote, bakal at minsan ding naging working student ng sa ganon may pangbaon at pambayad ako sa mga babayarin ko sa paaralan.”
Schooling wasn’t that easy for her. Because of poverty, she had to stop for a year after she graduated from high school. But then it did not stop her and Manilyn was able to obtain a scholarship from TESDA, taking up Computer Literacy at the Nuestra Seniora de Candelaria Parish Church in Sultan Kudarat.
And when she passed the entrance exam at Sultan Kudarat State University-Tacurong City Campus, she immediately enrolled for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. To pay her enrollment fee, her mother loaned from a ‘5-6’ shark, and which meant her father needed to work even harder to pay the loan.
Many even doubted and mocked their family for being too ambitious in sending Manilyn to school.
“Marami ang nakapagsabi na hindi ako makaka-abot hangang 4th year college dahil hindi na raw kakayanin ng aking mga magulang ang magiging gastusin sa paaralan. Hanggang 1st semester lang daw ako dahil si Papa isa lamang kargador na kung tutuosin kulang pa ang kayang kinikita sa pang araw-araw naming gastosin dahil lang sa kakaramput nitong kita.”
But then, she used those words to make her strong and persevere in graduating from college, proving them all wrong. She also fulfilled her dream of giving her parents a better life. Because of her perseverance, she was able to obtain a CHED scholarship and an academic scholarship for being a Dean’s Lister. Indeed, God is really good.
Her father would always remind her to study very well and promised her that she would continue her studies while he still has the strength to work. For her father, she was the only hope of the family who can give them a better life. And she should not be ashamed that her father was a “kargador.”
“Bilin ni Papa lagi sa akin: ‘Anak, mag-aral kang mabuti dahil hangga’t may lakas pa akong magtrabaho, makakapag-aral ka. Wag mo akong ikahiya dahil isa lamang akong KARGADOR. Ikaw nalang ang magiging pag-asa namin ng Mama mo’.”
It was hard for Marilyn seeing his father carrying forty-kilo sacks of cement every time she went to school. Sometimes, he could not recognize his father because his body was covered with cement powder under the heat of the sun. She is so proud of his father, despite walking with a limp after breaking his leg when he was hit by a bus. He still continued to work for his family.
“Alam kong hindi biru ang magiging isang kargador. Masakit makita ang iyong ama’y nahihirapan sa kanyang trabaho. Napapaluha ako sa tuwing nadadaanan ko si Papa kanyang pinagtatrabahoan papuntang paaralan. Buhat-buhat ang halos 40 kilong sako ng semento, na halos hindi ko na makilala dahil sa alikabok na babalot sa kanyang katawan at nakabilad sa ilalim ng tirik na araw.”
Although Manilyn would not receive an award for her coming graduation, she wants to share her story as an inspiration to all the youth who also experience poverty. That all it takes is a lot of courage and perseverance, and most of all, trust in God in facing all the challenges and trials. Now, with her head held high, she proudly says my father is a “kargador.”
“Kahit hindi man ako Cum laude, at hindi rin ako honor student at wala man akong matatanggap na kahit anong award at kahit audience nanaman ang lola nyo sa nalalapit na parangal, masaya ako na ilahad ang aking kwento hindi para may maipagmayabang dahil malapit na ako sa katotohanan ng tagumpay, kundi para maibahagi ang kwento kong ito para magsilbing inspirasyon sa mga kabataang katulad ko na salat sa buhay, na anak ng isang kargador, na kahit anong hirap ay kayang lampasan lahat ng pagsubok, mapagpursige at mapagsumikap na anak at isang istudyanteng kailanman hindi nauubusan at nawawalan ng tiwala sa Puong Maykapal.
Dahil kung ikaw ay may hangarin maaabot at maaabot mo ang iyong mga pinapangarap. Dahil ako? HINDI AKO NAHIHIYANG IPAALAM NA ANG TRABAHO NG AKING AMA AY ISANG “KARGADOR.”
TAGS: Bachelor of Arts in Economics, CHED, kargador, Manilyn Esquelito Akoy, Nuestra Seniora de Candelaria Parish Church, poverty, Sultan Kudarat, Sultan Kudarat State University, Tacurong City Campus, TESDA
Everybody knows how dangerous smoking is to one’s health. Even secondhand smoke can be fatal. However, smoking does not only take a toll on one’s well-being, it can also put your family, especially your kids, in the poor house.
A study in the U.K. revealed that 400,000 children live in poverty because their parents smoked. The study, which was published by BMC Public Health, showed that the children had at least one parent who smoked.
When a parent smokes, there is a financial burden in the household as parents would tend to forgo other basic household needs and necessities in order to satisfy their cigarette addiction.
In the Philippines, around 17.3 million adults smoke. According to the 2009 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), 48% of adult males and 9% of adult females in the Philippines smoke. About 23% of the population are also daily smokers. GATS also revealed that an adult male smokes an average of 11 cigarette sticks daily and women smoke seven sticks. For the price of a pack of cigarettes in the Philippines (which ranges from P38 to 62 for regular cigarettes and an average of P 1.90 per stick), a family with a smoker would actually spend about P 600 monthly to sustain their cigarette addiction.
For a poor family in the Philippines which earns about P 6,000 monthly, about at least 10% of their income is reduced if one parent is a chronic smoker. The expenditure for cigarette is almost doubled if both parents smoke.
On a final note, smoking is not just putting a risk to our health, it also decreases the quality of life that we can provide for our family.
Itching to smoke one more stick? Think about your family.
A man from Gujarat in Western India is willing to sell his kidney just to fund the medical treatment of his three morbidly obese children.
His kids, 5-year old Yogita Rameshbhai Nandwana who weighs 34 kg, 3-year-old Anisha who weighs 48kg, and 18-month-old Harsh who weighs 15kg, are probably among the heaviest toddlers in the world.
Everyday, sisters Anisha and Yogita consume eight pieces of Indian bread, three bowls of broth, 2kg of rice, five packets of biscuits, six packets of crisps, one dozen bananas, and one liter of milk. Meanwhile, Harsh drinks eight glasses of milk daily.
Despite having a menial job and earning only Rs 3000 or roughly $48 a month, Rameshbhai spends Rs 10,000 or $160 for his kids’ food.
“I cannot leave them starving. If I don’t have the money, I borrow it from my brothers and friends but I make sure I feed my children when they need,” he told The Mirror.
Meanwhile, Rameshbhai’s wife Pragna Ben is almost always in the kitchen since she needs to cook for her constantly hungry children.
“They demand food all the time and cry and scream if they’re not fed. I am always in the kitchen cooking for them.”
Aside from the three kids, the couple has a 6-year-old daughter named Bhavika, who weighs normally at 16kg.
But it was only after their son Harsh gained too much weight after birth that the couple realized that their children could be suffering from a disorder.
They consulted many doctors but ended up getting referred to specialists in much bigger hospitals. This is something that they can’t afford.
For the past three years, Rameshbhai has already spent Rs 50,000 or $802 for his children’s medical treatment. However, their condition has not improved.
With their health condition, the children are unable to move on their own. In fact, they can’t even go to school.
“They cannot walk; they cannot do anything on their own. Selling my kidney is a desperate measure but I’m now desperate to get the right help for my children,” said Rameshbhai.
Some local doctors including Dr. Akshay Mandavi of Mandavia Children Hospital believe that the children are suffering from Prader–Willi syndrome, a rare genetic condition that sometimes leads to chronic feeling of hunger leading to life-threatening obesity.
After taking photographs of what seemed to be normal daily activities in North Korea, renowned travel photographer Eric Lafforgue was banned from visiting the rogue country.
From children pushing carts to kids using computers without electricity, the photos were forbidden to be shown outside North Korea.
According to the French photographer, visitors must only take photographs with the consent of state-approved tour guides as soon as they arrive in Pyongyang.
“They insist that you don’t take photos of anything to do with the military and anything that could suggest poverty – even when you explain to them that it exists all over the world and even in France,” he said in an interview with The Daily Mail Online.
Without the knowledge of the guides, Lafforgue was able to save some of the photos he took in his memory card.