September 9, we announced the 3 lucky winners of our laptop giveaway essay writing contest: Zarah Jane Catando, Sunshine Bondal, and Mary Ann Millos.
Zarah Jane Catando is in her 4th year at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines taking up BS Human Resources. She was a former Night High Scholar at Siena College, Taytay, Rizal.
Sunshine Bondal recently graduated from Manila Business College with a Bachelor’s degree in Management. She graduated from Night High School at Siena College, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan in 2011.
Mary Ann Millos is currenly in her 3rd year at the Quezon City Polytechnic University, taking up BS Electrical Engineering. Mary Ann was a Night High Scholar from Siena College, Quezon City.
need.We would like to thank our generous sponsors who donated the laptops and PC, Ms. Marylou Edwards-Ramos, and Mr. George Nicol.
Here is Mary Ann Millos’ winning essay on how, at this point in her life as a college student, she can pay forward the help she received to others in
Paying forward by giving. At this point in my life, I do not have a complete set of school supplies, but I can give a child a yearly set of his/her school needs. Our school conducts a “Gamit Mo, Sagot Ko” project yearly, where we donate and give free school supplies to elementary students. I am glad knowing that my donation will go directly to a child to help him start a new school year without having to worry about his school needs anymore. I know the feeling of having parents who send their children to school with used notebooks from the previous school year because of lack of money. Because there are 5 children in my family, my parents needed to budget a certain amount of money to enable them to send us to school. Helping a child by sending him/her a set of supplies yearly would surely help a poor family in a small way.
Paying forward by teaching. At this point in my life, I do not have the wisdom, but I have gained knowledge that students in lower years still lack. I have brothers and cousins who are still in elementary and high school. I teach them the lessons they find hard to understand and tell them to study their next lessons in advance. I give my time and effort to teach them every detail they need to know, especially when I see in them eager to learn a particular topic. In the end, I feel so proud every time they do the same to their friends who are also in need. I feel proud that they really embrace the lessons I have teach them, and knowing that there will come a time when they will share with others the knowledge they have learned from me.
Paying forward by sharing. At this point in my life, I do not have plenty of money to share, but I can save some for the needy. During my freshman year in college, we started a feeding program for the street children in Novaliches, near QCPU. We did it for the month of December. Months before the said program, we would save our own money from our allowances to raise funds. When our saved money was still not enough, we conducted a fund raising event wherein we sang Christmas carols to each of the faculty members from different departments, in different classrooms inside the university, and even in different houses outside the school. We receive donations of old clothes, used toys, scrapped materials, or money, to help feed the street children living nearby. Tears fill my eyes, not because I pity them, but because in every bowl of soup I share with them, the reward I receive is truly immeasurable. Seeing their smiles and hearing those “Thank You, Ate!” makes me feel so thankful for my opportunity to help them. The truth is, it is better to give than to receive. These little things we’re sharing to them touch our hearts and makes life worth living.
We can never run out of ideas on how to “pay it forward.” At this point in my life, I may not have the money to help others, but helping doesn’t always mean to pay forward in terms of money. I have a big heart, lots of free time, and eagerness to help, and these are the things that I can give whole-heartedly. Those small efforts I could give to the needy may be as precious as giving them their material needs. Those portions of time spent with them may make a difference in their lives. The world may not acknowledge my effort, and I will never solve a national crisis, but I know in my heart that I have touched the lives of those people I have helped by doing my small acts of kindness, and my reward is seeing them pay it forward to others in need.