Our Scholar's Stories
Angelica Arellano, nicknamed “Angel,” is the youngest child of eight in her family. She is 10 yrs old and now currently studying in grade 5 at primary level. Her parents come from Quezon province and migrated in Taludtod, Balayan, Batangas. She is the first child that Ten Foundations has been able to help care for. Angelica’s mother died when she was still very young due to giving birth to her 9th child. Her father works in the sugar cane fields, but due to seasonal harvest, money earned is not enough to buy food daily to feed eight children. In order to survive they caught rats to eat. The Ten Foundation team found Angelica eating rats with her brother at their “kubo” house. It was a broken-hearted scene to see a four-year-old malnourished child living in poor conditions. Since the team took her and brought her to Ten Foundation, Angelica’s life has changed. You will now see Angelica's happy face for the first time, which is very different from the girl the team first met.
Rosslyn Medrano, nicknamed “Nica,” is the 7th of eight children in her family. She is now 11 years old studying in Grade 6 at primary level. She lived near a dumpsite area called “Payatas” in Balayan, Batangas. When the Ten Foundations team and Papa Ian conducted a feeding programme in the area, they met Rosslyn. The team saw her naked sleeping in the street most of the day starving. Every day, the team feed Rosslyn including hundreds of other hungry malnourished children. Rosslyn's house was a shanty type of house made from rice sacks and patches of wood. Her mother collected garbage to sell to buy food everyday. Unfortunately, her father committed suicide due to their terrible life conditions. Rosslyn is one of the children transformed by Ten Foundations and at present, she is growing up happy.