Hello. I’m Rocel Ann Vinluan, a junior high school student at St Augustine School in the town of Tagudin, province of Ilocos Sur, in the Philippines. I am one among several kids who come from disadvantaged families being helped by SAS Alumni International (SAS Ai) finish high school. Beginning this school year 2014, three more kids – bright kids – are starting high school under the same financial aid program I am in.
My father left us several years ago to work overseas. We never heard from him again. He never sent any money to support us. My mother hired out as a maid for a family in the city, leaving me and my siblings to live with my grandmother. My grandmother has a junkyard and she sells old tires, engine parts, and used corrugated roofing. I help her out by cleaning the house, doing the laundry, baby-sitting my younger siblings and doing the janitorial work around the junkyard. I earn my keep and grandma is very happy with my work.
My mother tells us she sews dresses at night for extra income. I get a daily allowance of PhP5.00 (five Philippine pesos, or 12 cents USD). It’s enough for a small sandwich for my lunch. Daily I walk the 2 kilometers to school and back. I cannot afford the tricycle fare. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to attend high school.
SAS Ai relies solely on public donations to fund our schooling. They need financial donations badly to keep the program going. Any amount you wish to donate helps. Your donation of $50 dollars (USD) pays for a month of high school for one student. To donate please click this link DONATE NOW. Thank you..