Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Girl Named Rai


Meet Rai-Rai, an 18 year-old Mamanwa, and she’s proud of it. I met her last June 2008 when I started working in the Philippine Association for Intercultural Development (PAFID) Inc.

She is sweet and thoughtful, always wear a smile and her laugh is very contagious. She lightens up the crowd.

I once had a talk with her one night, and she shares with me her experience before the kind hearted employees of PAFID helped her with her Education.

During her early years, she would walk 4 kilometers a day to reach school, and there were even times that she has to attend school not caring if she has food as long as she can attend the class.

But what is so remarkable about her is that she is determined to finish school and to make something out of herself someday. She’d do everything just to finish school, support family and to be of service to her tribe. She is a Mamanwa, and she is proud to be one. And you know what? I am proud of her too.

10 comments:

Miah Laborte said...

sa butuan na cla na tribe sha?

Kebelle said...

i am also proud sa mga kababayan nating nagsisikap na magkaroon ng maayos na buhay. proud din ako sayo dahil binigyan mo sila ng boses sa kwentong ito... more power to you.

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