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Merry Christmas: A Day of Giving


[b]Merry[/b] [b]Christmas[/b], [b]Givologists[/b]!

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted”-Aesop
Growing up, I was fortunate to be able to live in a comfortable lifestyle. I never had to worry about paying for my education or supporting my family and I was grateful for that. My mother had always told me “Never take that for granted because not everyone is as lucky as you.” And I did take it for granted until I came across the 197 students at Givology. Whether they are from Kenya, Liberia, or China, they all have one thing in common: the wish for an education. Every child at Givology has a special story to tell and they want you to listen! No donation is ever considered small; even $1 can make a huge impact. Because to them, it’s not just 100 pennies, it’s their futures. They are not able to wake up to a typical Christmas morning filled with gifts like you and I, but your act of kindness might just be the best present they can receive. So please donate to one of our children because I know there is a Santa inside every one of you!
1. [b]Li[/b] [b]Dao[/b]
My name is Li Dao, and I live in the village of Pao Ma Ping, Nin Lang County, in the Yun Nan Province. Our family has 7 members, and I am the 3rd among my siblings line-up. Both of my two older brothers and younger sister are attending school still, and the only source of income comes from the labor of my parents. We manage to survive with what we can afford barely. My parents insist we all attend school despite the difficulty.

2. [b]Yang[/b] [b]Wen[/b] [b]Hua[/b]
My family consists of six members, and both my parents are common farmers. Furthermore, my father is weak and in poor health, so he is unable to heavy labor; therefore he is not welcomed by employers when he travels, looking for work, and he can only stay at home to do farm work. Even though my father is hardworking and frugal, sometimes the economy does not allow us to be self sufficient. However, despite this, my parents did not discontinue their own children’s schooling, but instead allowed us to receive an education like “others.”

3. [b]Michael[/b] [b]Otieno[/b]
Having faced great tragedy in his family from the loss of his father and aunt, Michael and his sister have faced setbacks in paying for their education. However, Michael remains optimistic and determined to continue his studies.

4. [b]Patience[/b]
Patience is about 14 years old though she is unsure of her exact age. Patience is from West Point in Monrovia, the capital in Liberia and she is enrolled in the third grade this year. Patience’s mother Regina never went to school and does not know how to read or write. Patience’s parents make $27 a month selling cold water or offering transport of goods with a wheelbarrow. Patience has two siblings and the whole family sleeps on the floor in one room that they share. To make some extra money, Patience has sold golden plums and short bread that her aunt bakes. Patience's family has tried to send her to school, but have not been able to consistently afford school fees so she has been in and out of school.

5. [b]Nguyen[/b] [b]Van[/b] [b]Duy[/b]
Born to a family of five children, all of whom suffer from blindness, Duy is giving back to his community by teaching younger children math. An avid chess player and monochord musician, Duy hopes to study English and Computer Science in order to help him find employment.

6. [b]Johanna[/b] [b]Alejandra[/b]
My name is Johanna Alejandra. I am from El Cocuy, Boyaca State. I was born on February 24, 1995. My family includes my mother Gladys, my father Hugo, my twin brothers Carlos and Manuel, and my younger brother Sergio. My family’s income comes from my mother’s job. She works as secretary at the town’s high school. She has been working there for 15 years now. My father does not have a full time job. He sometimes works repairing cars. My mother is currently paying a mortgage for the house where we are living. The house where we live only has the lock up stage. Every month, my mother pays the mortgage, school expenses for the four of us and living expenses from her salary. My mother has debts to pay and struggles to buy school supplies and uniforms for all of us.

7. [b]Daniel[/b] [b]Alejandro[/b]
Daniel Alejandro is 7 years old. He lives in a rented apartment with his mother, his grandparents and three uncles. His mother and his grandparents have taken care of him since he was little. His father does not live with him and does not support him financially. Daniel Alejandro’s mother has a full time job in a clothing store and the money she earns – about USD $350 dollars monthly- is used to sustain Daniel Alejandro’s grandparents and to pay for all the house expenses. Although Daniel Alejandro studies in a government school and does not have to pay tuition and room and board, his mother struggles to provide for his school supplies, uniforms, Internet and others.

8. [b]Adama[/b] [b]Dione[/b]
Today, Adama is a young woman, but when we were visiting a friend in Senegal in 2005 and first heard about her, she was only twelve. She was timid and shy but her will power to stay in school was so strong --she left her small, rural village for the summer to work in Dakar, the chaotic capital city of Senegal. She worked that entire summer earning money so she could stay in school. We asked our friend to tell her family that if she retained high marks, we’d support her until she finished her studies, including university. That was the beginning of Women for Girls.

9. [b]Anyango[/b] [b]Sarah[/b]
I am the first born in our family, which has 8 children. My father can no longer pay my school fees, which is why I am looking for sponsors to help me continue my education. I hope to get the opportunity to continue on to university and achieve my dream of becoming a nurse.

10. [b]Laura[/b] [b]Vanessa[/b]
My name is Laura Vanessa. I was born in a small town called El Cocuy, on November 13, 1996, at 1:15 a.m. I am 11 years old. My family has financial difficulties because the only income we have is from my dad’s job. School expenses and food cost the most. We do not own a house yet because my parents are paying for our education and cannot afford to get a house. My mother does not have a job because the town where we live is very small and the jobs available are already taken.

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