Determined to put an end to the endless cycle of poverty, Melody Antonio, a Grade 10 student of Aurora Senior High School in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro, strives to continue her studies amidst the pandemic.

“I believe that good education is the key to a good future.” Her dream to become a doctor someday fuels her to study harder even in a modular learning setup.

“I have seen my parents struggle so much in life. I had to stop going to school when I was in Grade 5 because of poverty.” She added.

Her father, Alvin Antonio, 43, plants and sells vegetables and root crops from the mountains, to the market. He shares that the pandemic has greatly affected his livelihood causing his family to eat only once a day.

“This food pack that you have provided will sustain my family for the days to come. Thank you, Operation Blessing, for coming here!” he gratefully said.

Melody believes that the pandemic should not hinder every Mangyan student to still dream bigger.

She’s also very thankful to OB for giving their school reams of bond papers, printers, and inks that they can use to print their modules.

“As long as the school is open, face to face or not, I will keep on learning. I will keep on studying!”

You, too, can help Melody and other members of the indigenous communities to reach their dreams. Share your blessings today and donate as we continue our efforts to provide school supplies, food bags, blankets, and hygiene kits to our vulnerable kababayans.

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