|Aside from academic achievements, however, we also rejoice over the personal and character growth of the scholars. After all, in real life it is not just the school grades that truly count, but more importantly the attitude, skills, and character one develops while studying. It is for this reason that, during our mentoring times with the scholars, we also impart to them the importance of being responsible and grateful, as well as try to cultivate in them an attitude of teachability and discipline. We also try to model to them the importance of trusting God. It brings us great joy whenever we see glimpses of these values beginning to grow in their lives.
An example of one scholar in whom we have seen such growth is Gab, a Grade 7 student. According to her the most important lesson learned this past year was about trusting the Lord for wisdom and strength in her studies and life. On April 2 she will be recognized as a conduct awardee in their school. She is growing in her relationship with God and is actively participating in the youth group of her church.
Meanwhile, in a recent letter to her sponsor, another scholar, Mary Joy, joyfully wrote, “Salamat po sa lahat ng ibinigay ninyo sa akin para sa aking pag-aaral at sana po hindi kayo magbago para marami pa po kayong matulungan na mga bata. Pagbubutihan ko po ang aking pag-aaral para ako ay makapagtapos at makahanap ng mabuting trabaho para ako naman ang tutulong sa mga batang hindi kaya makapag-aral dahil sa kahirapan.” (Thank you for everything you give me for my studies. I hope you won’t change so that you can help more kids. I will do my best in my studies so that I can graduate and find a good job so that I can, in turn, help other children who can’t afford to go to school because of poverty.”