Quota International of Iloilo
It is the first time for the boys to own a pair of slippers. Going to school is always a sacrifice walking on bare feet and sans raincoats or umbrellas under the rains. But slippers became the children’s talk of the day and certainly for many days to come when members of Quota International of Iloilo came with many sizes of slippers to fit and shod all 190 pupils of the far flung mountainside elementary school.
In their young lives it was Christmas Day in mid-October 2009! It was also a special day to compare slippers, their sizes and colors, to touch and feel their textures and designs, the strength and durability of the rubber wear to last for all the school days.
It is the beginning of better days walking daily with less discomfort several kilometers through rocky terrain in early morning fog to reach school on time, or trudging home through mud and sharp stones in whipping rain.
It is the beginning of dreams that can come true…to attend school despite distance and difficulties. With inspiration and hope that continued schooling will bring in the future the opportunity to buy ones own pair of slippers and shoes and more.
It was also a day in young lives pondering the reality that through the rough terrain and remoteness, caring people visited. Indeed to fully outfit each underprivileged child not just with the slippers but raincoats and schoolbags as well. There is much to hope for in continued schooling.