“Poverty is not a hindrance but it should motivate us to work hard to achieve a better quality of living.” These are words of encouragement that 18-year old Cristine shared with children who are struggling in school because of their financial situation. Cristine was part of the first batch of IT Tender’s Sponsor-A-Child program back in 2011. In her first year under the sponsorship program. she was awarded “Most Outstanding Student” at her school! Christine’s family was struggling at that time because they needed to shoulder the medical expenses of her mother who had a mild stroke.
With the help of the sponsorship program, Cristine finished high school last year and received a scholarship from the City Government to study Criminology at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (The State University of Muntinlupa City). Her mother recently passed away, a tragedy that has made Cristine stronger and more inspired to do well in college. Although it is not easy, she says that college is difficult in a good way because she knows that in the end it will be worth it. She explains that she needs to maintain high grades to keep her scholarship and to cope with the demands of her professors.
Cristine shared some words of gratitude when upon her graduation from IT Tender’s sponsorship program. “Thank you for joining me in my journey in school. You have become a part of my life, as well as through the joys and pains. Now that I am facing a new chapter in my life, I know it will not be easy. I will give my best to stay strong. And I know that God will guide me like how He guided me in high school.”