Wednesday, May 26, 2010

First Seeds of Hope: A testimonial from the Waras family

*Mary Grace Waras is the mother of Joshua Dave Waras, recipient of the 2010 Principal's Award of Excellence, granted to the Mano Amiga student who showed hard work and dedication to learning by demonstrating excellence in Academics and all other aspects of Integral Formation.

Not being able to finish college is one of Mary Grace Waras' biggest frustrations in life, When I was in college I was a scholar. I failed in one major subject during the first semester of my 2nd year. I just needed one point. My teacher told me that it can still be fixed, but I chose to run away because of shame and because I knew it would cost me my scholarship. Instead of staying in school, I used the final payment of my miscellaneous fees to buy a ticket and I ran away.”

It was during this time she met and soon after, married Alberto Waras. As a construction worker, Alberto earns P7000 a month. Without a College degree however, Mary Grace found it difficult to find a good paying job with a salary that would enable her to afford someone who could look after the children while they are both at work. She has not given up though. “I plan to work when my children are a bit older so I can save up for their college education. It is only through good education that they could have a better life. ”

Joshua first entered Mano Amiga Academy last year as part of the Kindergarten class.“I tried enrolling my son in a different school but they did not accept him because they were worried I would be like my sister who couldn’t pay the tuition fees there regularly. We found out that Mano Amiga was looking for enrollees so I inquired here, and I immediately saw how this was a much better school.”

Mary Grace now believes that Joshua will go far because of the exceptional formation his son is receiving. “Mano Amiga is really a blessing to our family. The school is advanced and the teachers are very committed. Joshua is only 5 years old but he already knows a lot of things that I don’t even know! Mano Amiga also places a lot of emphasis on values formation. This is very important for me because the kids in our area are already cursing at such a young age and I don’t want my children to be like that.”

Mary Grace hopes that Joshua will continue to be a scholar in Mano Amiga Academy until he reaches 12th grade. “He really likes it here which shows in the enthusiastic way he does his homework. He doesn’t like being absent, unlike in other schools where the students have to be dragged to come to school.

“Everything your child will ever need to ensure a good future for him can be found here- morally, academically, spiritually. That’s why I’m hoping that my other child will also be enrolled here. So just like Joshua, she will learn too and have a good future,” Mary Grace adds with a hopeful smile. #

It takes P25,000 to send one child to Mano Amiga Academy for one year. We are currently looking for partners who would like to help with a full or partial scholarship. For more inquiries on how you can change the life of a child with the gift of education, you may contact Lynn Pinugu at or at 09063361663.

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