I know that right now I am a beggar but not at heart!
Since I started working as an expat, I promised to share my blessings by sponsoring scholarships. Fortunately, I shared the same passion with my sister. She sponsored ‘LG’, a high school student while she was still in college. Then when LG graduated from high school, my sis asked me if I could continue supporting LG in college as she could not afford at that time.
And I took the challenge. LG is my first college scholar apart from my younger sister though I had couple of high school scholars too in the previous years.
Let me give you a brief background about LG. He lives in southern part of Philippines, in one of the most remote places where the people’s main source of income is farming. Endowed with an above average intellect, he longs to finish a college degree unfortunately his parents cannot afford to send him to school.
My sister met LG in one of her immersions with the Jesuit missionaries.
Anyway, recently I started to face challenges in supporting him. With my spiraling financial debts, I attempted to give up LG’s scholarship, not once but twice already. In a way, I felt bad because he is now in his junior year in college.
Because LG is in full scholarship, we told him about the financial issues. This year we can extend only up to 50-70% of the financial support compared to what he used to receive. So what he did, he offered to landlady to help in the household chores in his boarding house. In return, his monthly rental is waived.
I really thought that I could not send him to school this second semester. My Mum urged me to continue and she would help too because LG has three semester (including this sem) to go before he will graduate.
Luckily, I have a writing gig in October. It was quite a good pay and we managed paid LG’s tuition fee last semester. Great too, as the client decided to continue the writing gig for another month. I just finished the last batch of articles now and I am not sure if the client will still continue the project. The November payment will be for LG’s allowance in December.
Earlier this week, I remembered my previous writing gig last year. I tried applying again and luckily they remembered me. So, I escaped the trial writing test and now I can start grabbing assignments. Honestly, the pay is not that good but they pay on time.
In the meantime, this will be my bread and butter for LG’s allowance and tuition. I already calculated how many assignments I need to take every month to meet LG’s school needs.
Hopefully, things will work as planned. In tough times like this, I always remember my Dad’s mantra – God will provide.
Wish me tons of luck!