By: John B. Gacasan
It was a very fruitful session on parenting I had this morning with the second batch of mothers that Habi ng Buhay, Inc. is helping. Stories unfolded amidst tears of joy, pain, triumph and struggles on life’s challenges.
One particular story I heard that truly amazed me was that of Ate Virgie’s (wearing green blouse). Ate Virgie is a street vendor retailing foodstuff every lunch time in the neighborhood from which she earns three pesos (0.07 USD) per pack or roughly Php90 (2.20 USD) per day. Her husband does not have a job and they have one child that will be in Grade School by June this year.
Ate Virgie shared about how difficult it is to survive with this meager income. But despite her own struggle to get food on her table to feed her family, Ate Virgie still manages to share a portion of her foodstuff whenever she gets to pass by someone, especially a child, who hasn’t eaten yet simply because s/he just can’t afford to buy food.
And this is what really amazed me. Imagine… despite being in a desperate situation, a person can still give -- even to the extent of sacrificing his/her own survival. That one doesn’t have to be in much material abundance to be able to share to others… if only he or she is willing.