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Giving Back Rather Than Giving Up

Philippines Reported by Convoy of Hope

“Life has been very difficult for us,” said Rica.

Rica shared a small house in the Philippines with her parents and four siblings. Since her father couldn’t find work, the cramped home and plastic roof were all they could afford.

“My husband worked long hours but could not earn enough,” Rica’s mother said. “We could only afford to buy half or just a quarter of the amount of rice that we need. Sometimes my husband and I would not eat just so our children could.”

But when Rica and her siblings learned about Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding initiative, they enrolled in the program. Soon, they had hope and nourishment in abundance. Instead of dreaming of a day when she and her family would have enough to eat, Rica now dreams of sharing hope with others in her community. 

“I want to be a teacher because I want to help the children in the streets who are just like me,” she said. “Just keep going. Keep fighting. As long as we’re living, we can keep going. Convoy of Hope has changed my life. My family is much happier and so am I.”

Rica’s mother also gives back as a Convoy of Hope volunteer. “Convoy of Hope has helped the kids with their studies, provided blankets, thrown Christmas parties, and made sure we have what we need,” she said. “Sometimes I volunteer so that I can give back to the organization that has changed our lives.”

Thanks to your support, children around the world receive nutritious meals on a regular basis. Click here to contribute to Convoy’s Feed the World Fund and be part of stories like Rica’s.


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