Breakfast Program at The School in a Cart, by David Farinas, Jordan Bujawe, and Romel Rubio
Thank you author Connie Mann for your continued support of The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines. The children are truly grateful that you have chosen to stand behind them in achieving their education. Despite the hardships of living on the streets, they are trying their best to stay focused on their studies, and your encouragement really helps. They know that supporters of The School in a Cart like you believe in them, and that gives them the confidence to believe in themselves.
Below are photos of the students and translations (from Tagalog) of each of their essays on the Breakfast Program at The School in a Cart. A scan of their handwritten essays are also included below:
Jordan Bujawe (see photo above of Jordan with his sister Sunshaine) writes in his essay: “Breakfast in a Cart! We learned many things: say grace before the meal, take a shower, wash our hands and brush our teeth. More importantly, we learned to be respectful and good. Also, it is cool to have a good breakfast.”
David writes in his essay: “Breakfast in a Cart Program encourages us to go to school daily, take a shower and eat. My siblings and I get cookies for snack at school. Thank you Teacher Nonie and Kuya (Big brother) Ido (Alfredo) for these things.”
David Farinas with his sister Dianne
Romel writes in his essay: “Breakfast in a Cart Program is good. Besides having breakfast before going to school I also get to have cookies daily for school snack. I learned to clean myself daily. I learned a few more like brushing my teeth, washing my hands before eating and taking a shower daily.
“I like Breakfast in a Cart Program because it is a big help in my studies. It made me to strive more for myself and for my mother. Breakfast in a Cart and my mother are my guides in my studies. Thank you for the Breakfast in a Cart Program! It is a big help to me and my mother. Thank you Big brother Ido (Alfredo) and Teacher Nonie. God Bless!”
Volunteer/Founder of The School in a Cart Alfredo Olavidez said, “Probably the younger students will not be able to writing something significant about the “Shower in a Cart.” It seems privacy is a very strange ‘commodity’ that they do not see and appreciate at this time. They do say that they are encouraged to take a daily shower before going to school. Forming this habit is good enough for the moment. We have many things to undo to make their lives more normal.”
Thank you David, Jordan, and Romel for writing about what you learn from the Breakfast Program at The School in a Cart. I am so happy that you have a proper start to your day at school and that you feel encouraged to do your best work! I am sure that if you continue your studies, you will grow up to be what you want in life.
Dear David, Jordan and Romel, it was so good to read of how school-in-a-cart is helping you, through their breakfast, showering and training programs. We love to hear the stories of how you are doing, and we pray for your needs. I loved to see your writing, it looks like you are doing well at school. This will help you obtain work when you are older. Keep believing and reaching out to be the best you can be in God. Remember it is Him that works through brother Alfredo and brother Nonie to provide these needs. Jesus loves you so much and so do we. Love from Ps Paul and Deborah Blackbourn, your Australian sponsors.
Thank you David, Jordan and Romel for sharing your stories! I am so very glad you get to attend School in a Cart! Breakfast, showers and most of all, an education! Such important things, ones we so often take for granted. Keep up the good work!
Many thanks to everyone involved for taking care of these precious ones…your work makes a difference!
Hugs from America,