Ina Gabaldon


Ina Gabaldon with her parents

Ina Gabaldon with her parents

Four years ago, we processed Ina’s application for financial aid to attend and finish high school at St Augustine School.

We investigated her family’s financial need, made certain of her parent’s commitment to allocating time for her to study, and inspected the general condition of her home and immediate surroundings.

The second part of the qualification process was Ina’s academic preparation, proven by her elementary school grade point average and the strength of her home room teacher’s recommendation.Gabaldon

Ina met both basic requirements to apply for financial aid consideration. In the following pre-tests, one-on-one interviews and essay writing phases, Ina did very well. She made it to the final list of scholars that year.

Four years have passed since Ina first signed her high school contract with SAS Ai. Here’s Ina (right) beaming with pride as she walked across that graduation stage to receive her high school diploma.

We join Ina in feeling proud of her accomplishment. We thank our many benefactors, generous donors who give to the high school fund. It is solely through your generous donations that we can continue to help bright students like Ina, who come from disadvantaged families finish high school.

 

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We Beg You


We are on our knees

We are on our knees

“If you want something bad enough, you can endure rejection; begging is not demeaning.” We are begging for help. For the sake of our kids’ schooling we are down on our knees.

Registration day 2014 is upon us. The registrar tersely reminds us we can’t enroll our kids without the tuition paid up front. We want nothing more than to enroll our kids for school year 2014.

Please help us with the tuition. You can open a $10 dollar monthly allotment – a sum that won’t break the bank. Go to our DONATE NOW page and transact your $10 dollar monthly allotment.

We are at the 11th hour of our fund-raising drive. Please be generous.

A Call for Help


Rocel Ann

Rocel Ann Vinluan – SAS Ai

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..