Saturday, May 2, 2009

For Only Php450 or $10 a month, You Can Make Our Dreams Come True

We are Ashly and Arvy Santillan. We were born in August 17, 2004 so we are now 4 years and 8 months old. Our parents names are Charlito and May. Our father works as a security guard while our mother is a teacher (both earning more or less a net income of Php5,000 or $110 a month each). We are five children: the eldest is Micho and he will be a 4th year student this coming June; Reven will be in 2nd grade; and Kyrell will be in Prep. All of them study in St. Francis of Assisi School and are scholars of the Tapulanga Foundation. We would like to go to school in St. Francis of Assisi School like our brothers. Our parents cannot afford to send us there. Please help us!

The Santillan twins are applying for Kindergarten in June of this year in St. Francis of Assisi School. It will ONLY cost Php5,500.00 or $125.00 each for the twin's schooling for a year!

Ashly's dream is to become an accountant. Arvy's dream is to become a dancer and singer. Be an instrument in making the dreams of these girls a reality!

If you are interested to sponsor these kids, please email us at Thank you very much and God bless you!


Anonymous said...

It's good to help, But think about the reality. They decided to have 4 or 5 kids without even thinking the consequences of how to support their family. I don't mind helping but to give an idea to these people that it's acceptable to have more kids because society itself will SUPPORT them?

Robin Abello said...

Our mission is to help these kids have a better future. The kids have no fault here, so their future should not be jeopardized simply because their parents made the wrong decisions. Families who are in these situations need compassion more than judgment and since they're already receiving judgment from everybody else we don't have to compound on that.

Maybe showing them mercy and compassion will show them that there's hope for them and especially their children despite the wrong decisions they've made.

If we choose only to help those who are in better situations, we may not be able to help those who really have a need! Let's get these kids off to a good start and help them overcome their circumstances.

Anonymous said...

Since Tapulanga Foundation has been helping these people, why don't you start educating the parents married couples that it is their responsibilities to take care of their own and only as a last resort to seek outside help.
I am not being judgemental, I am being practical.

Robin Abello said...

The parents did not come to us, we went to them seeing their need. We do provide counselling to parents to see how they can somehow overcome their cirucumstances. In some instances our micro-credit program is available to them so they can supplement (and maybe even replace) their income. But the reality is we are working in an economy where finding better paying jobs is not always possible. And there is also the reality that people who genuinely work hard are not paid wages that we take for granted in the First World. Teachers in the Philippines work hard just like the teachers in the US, but they earn roughly 1/15 in wages.

It is a complex global inequity that is challenging and complex but fortunately we have seen that education can be a way out for these children and if they overcome their circumstances and move on to better lives, they can also help their parents in the long run.

We hope that a better awareness of this global inequity will make it more likely for us to have an informed conscience to not ignore these people whose lives we can change with very little effort and cost on our part.

If you have a chance to come to the Philippines, I invite you to visit the St. Francis Community and personally meet these parents and students and you will see that they are hard working people who have much in common with us in their dreams for a better life and their humanity.