Anthony was a 13 year old child laborer when his life was featured in an I-Witness documentary. He lives in a coastal community in Brgy Sulangan, Guiuan, Eastern Samar. While other children spend their day studying and playing... Anthony does back-breaking work to send himself to school.
Everyday he goes to ocean to dive for sea cucumbers. A son of a fisherman, Anthony started working when was only 9 years old. Diving for sea cucumbers is not an easy task. Sea cucumbers usually appear at night or dawn. Armed with only a small flashlight, Anthony bravely dives dark waters to be able to look for these creatures.
He usually earns 10-20 pesos per day. And all this goes to his family's food expenses and his school allowance. Aside from diving, Anthony also sidelines as a "kargador"... Carrying canned goods and other food stuff at a local grocery. All the coins he get from work he puts in a small coin bank or alkansya, to save for school.
Anthony's father, Mang Mario only earns less than 500 pesos month. His mother, Aling Zeny, who also dives for sea cucumbers and makes shell necklaces, earns 60pesos per day. They have 9 children and their income is not enough to sustain all of their needs.
Anthony is now in Grade 8 (2nd year High School) in Sulangan National High
School. Thanks to Project Malasakit and our donors, he was able to
graduate last March 31 , 2012.
According to his adviser and new guardian, Ms. Bernarda Mendova he eagerly participates in class, goes to school everyday and is never late in his attendance.
Anthony is focused on his studies and he no longer goes to the sea to harvest sea cucumbers just to earn.
In 2013, with a budget of P 15,000.00 courtesy of Kara David's I-Witness Team, a Sari-Sari Store was given to Anthony's family as a source of Alternative Livelihood.
The TV program I-Witness made a documentary on the life of Anthony in January 2012 entitled "Alkansya". In 2013, Kara and her I-witness team for "Alkansya" were nominated for the prestigious International Emmy Awards for News and Documentary.
We saw how hardworking and determined Anthony is. His only dream is to finish school and he is determined to fulfill this even if this means doing back-breaking work, not getting enough sleep and risking his life in the ocean.
Anthony values the opportunity given to him, as he always participates during their class discussions and active in joining school organizations.
When the devastating Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck and killed over 6,000 in Leyte and Samar, Kara spent hours traveling by land from Manila to Guiuan, Samar to find Anthony and to make sure he is safe. These photos show Kara's joy when he was found secure in his hometown.
With the small amount of P1,000 per month, you could help us shoulder this child's school allowance, you can help Anthony fulfill his dreams.
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Anthony's life in photo
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How can you help?
With just 1,000 pesos ($20) per month, you can help send a poor Filipino child to school, change their lives and give them a decent future
Elementary and High School
P1,000 per month to cover transportation, food, and school projects
P1,500 per year for tuition, uniform, student “ID”, PTA, etc.
Tuition varies widely P500-1,000 monthly allowance for food, transportation, etc.
Project Malasakit is a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered foundation with Reg No. CN 201013987 and TIN: 007-861-739.