A low-income family would just think on where to spend holidays but there are some that every morning, is a new day to survive their living.
It’s not everyone who has a wealthy life, in reality, there are those families who work almost day and night to earn a small amount of money to finance their living.
They are lucky enough to eat three times a day, and sending their children to school is not the top priority.
This was how 54-year-old Cristito Quimado faces every day. He worked as a garbage collector for years so that he could send his kids to school.
With an interview with GMA, Cristito shared:
“Hanggat malakas ako, pipilitin kong makapagtapos silang lahat. Yung pag-aaral nila hindi ko pinababayaan kasi yun lang yung ano ko sa kanila…makatapos sila.”
After the long run of hardship, it all paid off. All his mornings before the sunrise, the tiring days of picking up garbage to sell them, all his efforts were turned into a fruitful one.
Cristito’s daughter, Jenny Rose, marched in April this year to receive her hard-earned Nutrition and Food Technology degree.
According to Jenny Rose, she never felt embarrassed by her father’s garbage collector job. Instead, she is proud of it saying,
“Minsan, pumapasok akong walang baon…pero nagpapasalamat ako sa Diyos na siya ang tatay ko kasi marangal ang trabaho niya. Wala siyang ginagawang iligal. Gusto kong ako na ang magta-trabaho[para] ako na lang ang magpapa-aral sa mga kapatid ko.”
The online community reacted to this story online sending their appreciation to the father’s courage to make her daughter finished her studies despite their financial status.
They also congratulate Jenny for her graduation and complimented her for being a good daughter to her father and paying all the hardship his father gave her.
Truly, to the family that experiences the situation of Cristito and his family, education is the only treasure that they can give their children to make them improve their living.