“Bannering the theme of “I save Today, I build my Future” for this year’s International Aflatoun Day celebration, Sticks and Straw food cart a project that was initiated by Children International- CSCDI Tabaco was officially launched last March 18, 2013 at Tabaco Christ the King Plaza. Being agents of change, despite of the scorching heat of the sun Aflateens were still very eager to extend their service and impart their knowledge on what they have learned during their Aflateen sessions and at the same time gaining the value of saving, planning and budgeting.
Herold was only 12 years old when he lost his family from the wrath of Typhoon Durian six years ago. As a young and lone survivor of his family, the tragic incident taught this young man to be strong to face life’s challenges, accept reality and move on with his life. Herold clearly remembers the day when he lost everything as if it just happened yesterday.
Every day when the clock turned 3 am, Daryl knew he had to get up. The sixth grader would then help his mother prepare the food she had cooked earlier, which he would sell at a nearby market and around his neighborhood.
While most children his age were still asleep, Daryl was already out in the streets, peddling to help his family get by. After a few hours, he would head back home to prepare for school.
For many years, this was one of the few ways Daryl’s family struggled to survive each day. His father, a newspaper vendor, and his mother, a simple homemaker who happens to have passion for cooking, earned income that was hardly enough for the family of six.
Despite the hardships and struggles, Daryl, now 20, is about to receive his degree in Business Management. It has always been his dream to put up a restaurant someday, with his mother managing it.