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“Soon after my father passed away, my mother got addicted to gambling. We began falling behind on the rent. I realized what was happening when I found a Casino Filipino membership card in her wallet. I tried confronting her, but she got furious. She told me I had no right to tell her what to do. She began to disappear for days at a time. There was no money for my thesis project at school. I’d borrow food from our relatives just to feed my younger siblings. Then a few months ago our landlord finally kicked us out and we moved into a slum. It was so noisy and dirty. But I did my best to ignore it and focus on my schoolwork. We live in an evacuation center now because the slum burned down. My friends at school have been helping me with clothes and food. And during it all, I’ve kept up my grades. I’m graduating on April 3rd with a degree in Secondary Education. I’m going to become a teacher. I think I've already learned a special skill that teachers have to keep their personal problems out of the classroom.” (Manila, Philippines)

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@rashha.s
A king
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Wow!! Such bravery & courage
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🙏🏽 amazing! ❤️
@_zamiwe_
Congratulations!
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Wow!!! What an inspiring story. Good for you !!
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💫❤️ what a star!
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God bless you man