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Over the last week or so the social media has exploded over a picture of a Filipino boy who has to do his homework under the light of a McDonalds.
He sits outside and with a pencil and a make do desk he studies. This is an inspiring picture as he is a 9 yr old homeless student determined to better himself.
His hard work has paid off, as Samuel has been offered money and and help as he has touched the heart of so many.
Local politician Samuel Pagdilao, of the Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement & Support (ACT-CIS) party, awarded Daniel an unspecified “scholarship grant”, also the local Police have raised funds for his family to have food.
The story reminds me of a young man I met many years ago who lived on a small jungle clearance with his mother and farther growing coconuts and rice. He wanted education, but his father could not support him financially and also used violence to stop his son from going to school.
Harold (the young man) ran away from home, got on a coconut boat and got to Manila and begged for a job washing dishes. He saved his money and bought a book to educate himself. He was later employed by McDonalds and managed to get a free entry to strain for years as a nurse. He still worked through the night and school during the day for years.
He eventually passed all his exams and launched his new life. He spent years trying to get a well paid job in nursing and could not. So, he joined MacDonald again as a manager and within two years managed to work aboard and now has a successful life financially.
As I write this I see Harold is on a visit to Australia where he has been reunited with his sister after many years and yesterday climbed up the Sydney Opera House. He travels to many countries and owns a car and has the most expensive phones. But, despite that he still misses the Philippines.
Harold and Samuel are glowing examples of the Filipino wanting to achieve more than he is told he can. They pushed past the poverty and the lack of support and the harshness of the streets. They are not the norm. Most people in the Philippines who are not rich and reluctantly find themselves in the circle of poverty as all the role models are the same as them or out of reach celebrities.