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Cassie gives her bags of dreams filled with school supplies to Lucena students

Samaritan girl donates school supplies to indigent students in Lucena

Cassie gives her bags of dreams filled with school supplies to Lucena students
Cassie gives her bags of dreams filled with school supplies to Lucena students

Instead of having a big birthday celebration with prominent friends and relatives, a 10 years-of-age young girl, based from San Francisco, California became a good Samaritan on her own way by raising funds worth 6,000$ for school supplies including a personalized bags and donated them to 300 indigent students of Talao-Talao Elementary School and Dalahican National High School in Lucena City, Quezon province, mostly off springs of indigenous ethnic people called “ Badjao” here in Lucena, Friday morning.

Cassandra Simone Eng aka “Cassie”, born in July 2, 2010, daughter of Harry Eng and Mailou San Gabriel and a grade 6 pupil of Chinese –American International School led the donation together with Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation members to more than 300 indigent students incapable to acquire school necessities such as bags and school supplies at a small town chapel in Barangay Dalahican,

Dubbed in a program titled” Cassie’s Bag of Dreams Challenge”, Cassie said instead of giving her a birthday gift she preferred to get a hold of cash through online fund raising campaign to help poor children for their education.
In just a month, she raised contingency fund worth of 6,000 US dollars to spread her love and care for children in every part of the country.
She added that like the tragic event happened among the victims of Yolanda typhoon as what she saw in the television news and some documentaries, instead of sending the children to school, they have to go for work just to survive.
“I believe that education is the key to escape from poverty and I want to help them to reach that goal for a better life.” the young girl said.
Cassie teamed-up with Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, a non-government organization helps children who used to swim to school in the mangrove village of Layag-Layag, Zamboanga City.
Same with Cassie, the idea behind of Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation is to pool their own individual little funds to help the devastated and unfortunate children get to school safe and dry.
“I’m planning to do it for the rest of my life.” she declared.
Aside from donating school supplies, they also visited the community of Badjao tribes in Lucena that was neglected by the government.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.