My name is Babalyn, 28 years old, with 5 children from Batangas Philippines. This is how my life was changed by Ten Foundations.
My story begins with my only dream, to send my children to school and for them to finish their studies. I want them to experience a good life like other children and give them a better future. But for someone like me, with no education, I could not get a job.
Our house was made from plastics, rice sacks and patches of scrap of plywood. No water, no electricity. For us to eat at night, we tap on the electricity of a neighbour. Sometimes our neighbour would turn off the light even when we are still eating because we don’t have money to pay for the light. My husband goes fishing but what he earns is not enough to support our daily needs. We could not even afford to eat 2 times a day. Sometimes we did not eat if no fish were caught. Way back then I had only four kids, we were really struggling in life. When my children say “Mama, we are very hungry," I would just tell them to sleep and when they wake up there would be delicious food on the table. I can’t help my tears from falling while looking to my children and my heart broke down into pieces because of the situation. At young age my children were in a terrible scenario of life.
I decided to accept any housework like doing laundry for anyone and washing dishes for neighbours to buy food for my children. Then, I found out that I was pregnant to my fifth child. I didn’t know what to do to raise another child. I didn’t want another child starve and live in a horrible life like what we had. So after two weeks from delivery, my husband and I decided to give our child to a neighbour. As a mother it was heartbreaking, I just cried while looking my child leaving with the neighbour.
We continue to live in a tough life and I almost gave up until one day, people started talking about a foundation (TEN FOUNDATIONS) that would start to conduct a feeding program in our neighbourhood. My children were some of the beneficiaries of the feeding program. And I met Papa Ian and his people. They feed the children in our neighbourhood daily including mine. They told us that they would like to help me. They said they have a livelihood programme and they would train mothers in sewing school bags. I was afraid because I had no knowledge at all and maybe I would not be qualified because I never had skills. But they trained me very well; I learned and earned much more money than what I got before doing laundry or washing dishes.
Now, I am proud and happy to have a permanent job with the help of Ten Foundations. I was able to build a concrete house with electricity and running water. I also bought a motorbike for my husband for his job. My children are all studying in school and we have food on our table. Not only that, Ten Foundations helped me to develop my skills which I never knew I am capable of.
TEN FOUNDATIONS transformed my life from a dim light into a bright future. They really changed my life.