Romi moved to Cebu due to the assignment of her husband. She used
to work as a care worker in Japan, so she started to take care of
old people in the GASA SA GUGMA, which is run by Mother Teresa's
Chang moved to Cebu due to the assignment of her husband.
Mutual friend of ours introduced Chang to Romi. Chang was looking
for someone who did volunteer work.
Chang went to the City Hall to meet the mayor of Cebu City. She
asked him how she could help. The mayor introduced her to some Filipinas
who were teaching open-air classes in front of the Sto.Nino Church.
Chang took part in this group.
Maura entered Tejero Elementary School with Chang's support.
She was the first scholar.
All the group members, except Chang found jobs and stopped doing
volunteer work. Romi took part in the open-air classes. It was too
hard for two foreigners, Chang and Romi, to teach in the open-air
classes. So we tried to find something to do. We decided to make
them bathe at least once a week. There were so many children who
didn't bathe everyday, because of a parental neglect. Their clothes
were filthy dirty too, so we washed their clothes while they were
bathed. At this time Ate Mako took part in the group. She called
herself the laundry woman.
Maria, who is an elder sister of Maura, was supported in school
She used to go to school during the day time and worked as a house-maid
and a baby sitter before and after school in the countryside. But
the employer refused to pay her anymore. So she came to Cebu City
to ask for mother's help.
Chang went back to Japan due to family reasons. We had a dream of
continuing to support of Maria, Maura and many other poor children.
We asked our relatives, and friends to support the poor children.
We could support 16 students. Mam Michiko was one of the sponsors.
We continued to support 14 elementary school students, and 2 high
school students. Some of our scholars were dropped and so we accepted
some new students as our scholars.
The youngest scholar, Eloy was dead because of the traffic accident.
want to forget him, so our group was named after him.
Chang found the photo of Eloy in the website of CEC by accident.
We sent an
E-mail to the president of CEC, Kuya Min to ask if he had any other
photos of Eloy.
Chang came to Cebu to attend the graduation of our first graduate.
We supported 8 daycare children, 21 elementary school students,
and 3 high school students.
Romi went back to Japan due to the assignment of her husband. Noy
Pilo decided to continue his work as a local staff.
We established nonprofit organization ELOY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
in Nagano, Japan where Chang lives.
Chang was installed as a president. Romi, Ate Mako, Kuya Min and
Mam Michiko were installed as directors. Mr. Yamagishi was installed
as an inspector.
Chang and Romi visited Cebu to sign contracts for the school year
2008-2009 with all the scholars and parents.
Lito and Margie joined us as local staff.