Written By Neyzielle Ronnicque Cadiz, Writer, Operation Blessing Philippines

How can someone possibly get high grades in school when she only attends classes three times in five days? It is indeed hard for Ma. Ivy Binggan and her younger siblings because they have to sacrifice their lessons for the day, as the money supposedly alotted for their fare to school is used instead as their father’s pocket money for him to be able to go work.

DSC_0010-001Ivy, 19, is the third of the seven children of Cirilo and Fe Binggan of Payatas. She should have been in second year college now, but she had to stop for one year because of their family’s financial constraints.

Her father is a carpenter, who does not work on a regular basis because it is not everyday that there is available work for carpenters. Her mother has a hard time helping their family earn income because her right hand was amputated, but she still manages to look for work when given the chance. Her two older brothers work for their neighbors just to help their family, and for them to be able to send the younger ones to school.

When the Operation Blessing team heard about Ivy’s situation, without question and hesitation, they extended their helping hands through the Back-to-School (BTS) program. All of the benefits that other beneficiaries receive was also given to Ivy.

The BTS benefits were granted to Ivy when she was in third year high school. Just last March 24, she graduated from high school with good grades for her to advance in college. With the help of another scholarship, she is now in first year college taking up Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Through her letters, Ivy extended her gratitude to Operation Blessing, saying that she would not be able to go to college without the BTS assistance, especially for her monthly allowance and free school supplies.

She ended her letter by writing, “Malaki po ang pagpapasalamat ko kasi po hindi niyo ako hinayaan na mahinto sa aking pag-aaral. (I am so grateful because you did everything you could to keep me in school.)”

There are many others who need assistance to be able to continue their education. They need helping hands. Extend yours. Partner with Operation Blessing by calling (02) 477-7802 to 04 or click here.