Czarenah is currently a Grade 12 student. She has six siblings and five of them are studying on modular setup. Their life is good; the neighbors are good and they are happy to be where they live now. Sometimes when it rains they are afraid because they live in a flood-prone area. Her father works as a construction worker for a company. Her mother is a housewife, watching over her siblings. Her mother also takes care of their meals. She also helps her siblings to reduce her mother’s work. Her siblings and her parents are in good health. In today’s time they really need gadgets, especially that the education has it new normal setup. The importance of the gadget for her is that she can search for words or information that they want to know. She can also catch up on news because of the gadget. She can do activities and also participate in school contests, and most especially she can attend classes. She also using it by helping her siblings by answering their module, researching questions that they are not familiar with. And when they also have an online class, Czarenah allow them use the cellphone that she borrowed so they don’t get late in class. And for Czarenah no matter what the pandemic brought us, she believes that “Education is the key to success.”
Ashely is currently in 10th grade. She has one sibling. Their life is not that good because they are having hard time in their daily needs and bills. It’s hard for them to struggle everyday where they can find a food. But they strong enough to face their everyday problem and they always survive it. Her parents are just separated a past few days. Both of her parents don’t have work but her mother is doing sidelines like haircutting, manicure and pedicure to provide for their needs. Her situation and feelings according to her, she’s fighting for anxiety lately. Because of their low income they can’t afford to buy phone for her studies. But she is glad because she is one of the students who are able to borrowed gadget from dotAsia. She really need it for her studies to finish the school year and she also uses the gadget when she does school works like researching and other task that she need to finish. She can also help her sister to do her school works. And for Ashley whatever they are going through in life, there’s always a hope for a student to rise.
ASHLEY NICOLE CASIMIRO Grade 10 student
ANA NICOLE TABANILLA
Grade 8 student
Ana Nicole is currently a grade 8 student. They are in a good health and they always pray to God that guide them, protect them in their daily lives. In this time of pandemic Ana and his family encountered lots of hindrances but they never forget to smile. Due to pandemic, her father’s work got affected but they managed to survive their daily living. According to her, he feels happy the she can continue now her studies by the use of the gadget that she borrowed from dotAsia. She has no cellphone that she can use to continue her study because of the new modality of learning. As of now, she uses the gadget in attending class and passing her activities on time. Ana believes that we experienced hardships in terms of studying and learning but at the end we will see the good outcome of it.
Christina is currently a grade 10 student. Their life before is good and she lived together with her parents. But last October, her mother died. Even though life tested them because of the problem that they encountered, they managed to be strong, move on with life and accept what happened. As of now her father provides for their needs and with the help also of their relatives. Sometimes she misses her mother but she believes that everything happens for a reason. Her father work as a garbage collector in MRF – Barangay and her father also took care of her. In terms of studying, she had hard time in answering Math subject and making Arts because she remembers that her mother is the one who help her in making arts and drawing. She uses the gadget that she borrowed from dotAsia for her school works. Christina believes that “Grade is just a number” because for her the most important is the learning and enjoyment that she experienced while studying. For her also it’s okay to have low grades as long as she tries her best.
MA. CHRISTINA PATALUD Grade 10 student
GHIRO ROSELLE DE CASTRO Grade 7 student
Ghiro is currently a grade 7 student, she has two siblings. Their life is so simple, they eat three times a day and it’s a blessing. Her family is happy despite all the problems that they encountered every day. Her father works as a driver and her mother is a housewife. They are healthy and none of them are getting sick. She applied to become one of the beneficiaries of dotAsia’s project because she wants to finish her studies and be an achiever. She uses the gadget in attending online classes and submitting her task on time. Ghiro believes that you have to believe in yourself, endure all the hardship that you may encounter and you will reach the pinnacle of your success.
Hanna is currently a grade 7 student. She has two siblings, they are all fine and healthy as well as her parents. Her father’s income is enough for their daily needs. Her mother is a housewife who took care of them and Hanna help her mother too in taking care of her two younger siblings. Her father’s income is enough for their daily needs that’s why they couldn’t prioritize to buy gadget that they really need in online class. Luckily, because of dotAsia Hanna borrowed a gadget that will help her in studying as well as her siblings in answering their modules. Hanna is also a merit awardee in the past 1st quarter period in school. Hanna believes that everyone suffers in their life. There are many sad days but rather than sad days, they hope to have better days. That’s what makes us live. That’s what makes us dream.
HANNA JANELLE PURICALLAN Grade 7 student
JAMES ERICK GONZALES
Grade 11 student
James is currently a grade 11 student. He has five siblings and three of them are studying. Their life is simple but in this time of pandemic just like in other people they got more affected by the pandemic. His father’s work become unusual because his work is an epoxy company worker. The small income from his father somehow provides their daily needs. Her mother is the one who took care of them. According to James, aside from being a student he works also to have an extra income that will help their family. But on the other hand, because of his work some of his activity are not yet done before the given deadline. One of the hindrances also for James is the internet connection wherein he uses mobile data and sometimes load is not included in their budget for their daily needs. But for him, still he’s glad because he is one of the beneficiaries of dotAsia project. He uses the gadget to attend online classes, submitting activities even if sometimes it’s already late and also the gadget helps their siblings in answering their modules. James believes in the saying “Education is the key to open golden door.”
Lorraine is currently a Grade 7 student. Their life here is simple. Her father is the one who supported them and her mother is the one who is taking care of them. As of now, they are blessed that they are safe and no one from her family are getting sick with the help of the Lord by means of praying and praising Him. Lorraine needs a gadget to attend online classes and to submit her activities on time. She had her cellphone back then but unfortunately the screen crack that’s why she was very glad when the school allowed her to borrowed a cellphone that she can use during her online class. Aside from Lorraine, the gadget helps her siblings too in terms of group chat and searching for different topics that they are not familiar. Lorraine believes that as a student she needs to study hard and be industrious at all-time because one of this days she will have a good future and will be able reach her dreams.
Grade 7 student
DON MIGUEL SALCEDA
Grade 7 student
Don Miguel is currently a grade 7 student. As an only child, Miguel wants to give his best to fulfill his parents dream for him. As of now Miguel considered their life is good, they can eat 3-times a day. They live in a flood-prone area that’s why he is afraid that rainy season is coming because their house is not that concrete in materials. Her father works as a vendor of dried fish like “tuyo” “daing” and “dilis”. Her mother lost her job because of the pandemic and she is just in their house watching over him and took care of the household chores. In today’s time Miguel really need gadget, especially that the education has it new normal setup. The gadget that Miguel has cannot install the platform where the school allowed them to pass their activities that’s why her mother applied for the project of dotAsia wherein students can borrow gadget that will help them to catch up in online class and pass his activities on time. And for Miguel he believes that Education is the key to success and the key to reach your dreams.
Anezka is currently a grade 8 student. She has one sibling who is also a student. They are all fine and healthy as well as her parents. Her father works as a delivery rider while her mother works as a cashier and took care of them also. Her parents’ income is enough for their daily needs that’s why they couldn’t prioritize to buy gadget that they really need in online class especially Anezka and her sibling really need it. Luckily, because of dotAsia Anezka borrowed a gadget that will help her in studying as well as her sibling in attending classes and answering their activities. Anezka is also an academic achiever when she was in grade 7 up until now as a grade 8 student. Anezka believes that don’t aim for high grades, aim for learnings, knowledge and wisdom that will help them in real life situations.
ANEZKA DIONNE PASCUAL Grade 8 student
PRINCESS MAE RODRIGUEZ, Grade 10 student
Princess is currently in 10th grade. As an only child and in a higher level as well Princess wants to help her parents in their daily needs. She became a tutor of her neighbor’s child who is in elementary. And Princess saves her income to buy cellphone that she can use in online class and uses also to buy load that she needed. Their life is good, her father works in a courier company and her mother is a housewife who took care of them. It’s hard for her to use her gadget in online class because sometimes while in her class her cellphone keeps on shutting down and because of that Princess gets interrupted and just ending up with no learning at all. But she always asked her classmates what the lesson is all about. Because of their low income and it’s just enough for their daily needs they can’t afford to buy phone for her studies. But she is glad because she is one of the students who are able to borrowed gadget from dotAsia. She really need it for her studies to finish the school year as a Junior High School completer and she also uses the gadget when she does school works like researching and other task that she need to finish especially in online class. Princess is an academic achiever since grade 7 until now as a grade 10 student. And for Princess whatever you may experience it may be hard today but it’s probably worth it at the end.
Princess Nicole is a Grade 7 student who is also an achiever. Every end of the quarter Nicole is always part of with Merit Awardee. As I interviewed Nicole, she was so thankful that even though life is hard and life becomes more harder because of this pandemic still she was so thankful because they are complete and healthy. Nicole is an only child and her mother is a Barangay Staff while her father is a company driver. The income of her parents is enough for their daily needs and to provide for her studies. As of now, Nicole continued to study hard to achieve not just a Merit Awardee but as an Honor Awardee. She also strives hard in studying to reach her dreams for herself and especially for her parents. Nicole wanted to have a gadget that will become a big help as she continues to study hard. She promised that she will use it to attend online classes as well as to submit her task on time. Nicole believes that education is our passport to a better future.
PRINCESS NICOLE AMBUS, Grade 7 student
Grade 9 student
Gabriel is currently an incoming Grade 10 student. He was the third of five siblings. Gab wants to give his best to fulfill his parents dream for him. As of now Gabriel considered their life as surviving in the middle of this pandemic. They can eat 3-times a day. Just like his other schoolmates Gab lives also in a flood-prone area that’s why he is afraid when rainy days is coming. Her father works as an on-call driver while her mother is a sari-sari store owner. Their only income is on their sari-sari store and because his mother took care of it, Gab was the one who is taking care of his younger siblings. In that small way, Gab believes that he can help his parents. The reason why Gab and his mother took the chance to applied in borrowing cellphone from dotAsia is because they really need a gadget, especially that the education has its new normal setup. Way back in Grade 8, Gab borrows the cellphone of her mother to attend online classes and sometimes he was not able to attend the class because the cellphone he was using is on her mother in their sari-sari store. When I interviewed Gab, he told me that he will use the cellphone for his online studies and for communication also. He will also use it to help his younger siblings on their modules. Gab believes that no matter how hard the situation he is facing together with his family as long as they are together, they will survive.
Olivia Morada is a Grade 7 student who graduated from the Donya Pepeng Elementary School. She was raised by her grandmother, Adela Morado, for the past three years. Adela is a volunteer barangay (smallest local governement unit) worker in Barangay Banaba. Adela’s son, Aris, is Olivia’s father; he is a trader. Olivia and her family has no communication with her mother for the past three years.
Olivia’s favorite subject is Math. Because of the family’s economic situation, Olivia does not have her own cellphone. She only borrowed the cellphone of her grandmother. With the cellphone support from the program, Olivia was able to attend online classes and submit her activities on time.