RHOZEL lives at the garbage dumpsite of a large city. His father is deceased and his mother is a garbage scavenger with 14 children in the family. Rhozel, age 16, is behind in school because until he was sponsored 4 years ago, he did not go to school. The pastors and teachers have spent extra time with him tutoring him and helping him. They are hoping to help him advance to a higher grade. At night he and his younger brother, John Paul, age 11, go to the streets of the city checking trash cans to find anything they can use or clean up and sell. They often do this until midnight. Then they wake up early to go sell what they found so they can buy rice for breakfast for the large family. Despite the late nights and early mornings, they are eager to go to school because as they say, “education is the only way we can get out of poverty.” They are thankful for the sponsors who help them because they know they could not go to school without the help. Rhozel is never absent from school or church even when he is sleepy. He hopes to be a policeman some day. We are excited about his progress.
Comments from Rhozel: I was one among the first 12 scholars from the garbage site in Iligan City. If not because of your help, going to school would be impossible for me because we are many in our family. My family priorities are not education, but food for survival. Thank God to the sponsors, the Fullness in Christ and the church all my fees for my school are paid.
Note from JAYLORD: Dear Sponsor, Thank you for the (Christmas) gift you give to me. I am so blessed. I’m very much lucky because I belong to FCM family. My family is very poor. I am not smart in school but I’m always trying my best to pass all my assignments and projects because you were always there to care. Recently my father got sick and he attempted to kill himself because of depression. But thank God he is doing good now. Thank you.
MARVIN: He cried when he received his Christmas gift of new pants and shirt. His parents left him and he has no contact with them. He stays in the church. He cried because, he said, even though his parents are not with him, he is happy because there are people who love him. He says, “Thank you very much.”
There are many more children and young people like these. They just need a little help to make their dreams come true. Like Marvin, they need to know someone cares. You can help a child know someone cares for him or her, prays for them and you can help that child break the cycle of poverty into which he or she was born. To sponsor a child is only $30 a month and it changes a life forever. For more information about sponsoring a child, go to http://www.fullnessonline.org.