Hello Sponsors and Friends of Give Children Hope,

How have you been? The past month has been so good to us. There was not so much rain and we had a one day holiday for all the students as we celebrated EDSA DAY (or People’s Power Day). It is very well known in the world history. It goes back to the year 1986, when the Philippines’ dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, was ousted from his power and was replaced by Corazon Aquino, wife of Marco’s number 1 rival, Benigno Aquino.

The country is now being led by the Aquino’s only son Ninoy. We just hope for the best for our country. There were too many price hikes this month. The price of travel fare, gas and all other basic commodities all went up… even the electricity was higher since last month.

Despite some of the negative things, our hopes are still high that all things will go back to normal. We just have to tighten our belts more as we deal with this economic crisis.

Manila was hit by an intensity 4 earthquake last February 22. We did not feel it very strongly but it caused a slight panic, especially to those who felt it. We are grateful that it was not like the one that happened in New Zealand. We know that they need our prayers and we should all be grateful for our lives, that we are still able to enjoy each day with our family. Gladly, none of the sponsored children were affected. They are doing well in school.
 This will be the children’s last month in school. They will be on summer vacation from April until May .

Right now, the children look so exhausted as they go home every night, but they love it. They love the feeling of getting tired while doing something that will help them have a greater future. They don’t mind it, and they are giving all their effort as they complete all the requirements for this school year.

Your sponsorships and donations keep them in school. It keeps them able to enjoy the day with their friends and to continue to learn and become someone better. Amidst this crisis, they are still in school.

Thank you so much for all that you do for them. Your donation provides for their food and school expenses. It would leave a smile on your face to see how happy the children are with the gifts you give them.
 The “Meals at School” program of Give Children Hope in Dugcal and Maravilla Elementary Schools continue to be a great blessing for the children. Your help goes a long way. They enjoy the food that is rarely being served in their homes. Like in my previous letter to you, the children still wear the same smile that you saw with Maria. I know they are really happy for all that you do for them.

Living in Manila is not so comfortable for my mother and our family, as we earn so little and the cost of living is too high. Likewise, in the rural areas, where they don’t earn much and still need to provide for their family, life can be extremely difficult. We are glad that we continue to receive help from you.

Thank you for your love for these children. They love you so much and they are thankful for the help that you do for them. I know how they feel toward you as their sponsors, as I was once in their position as a recipient of my sponsor’s kindness.

We hope that you enjoy this month with your family. We pray for your health and prosperity. The children will do good in school as they give their gratitude to you for all that you do for them. May God Bless you!

For the Sponsored Children,
Kristina Sunico