Meet The Siblings Who Repair Shoes Before School To Pay For Their Lunches
A child’s life is supposed to be easy. They wake up, eat, play, repeat. But, unfortunately, there are some children who don’t get to be that lucky and have to help out their parents. Some of them do it by helping around the house while others have to work even harder to help their parents.
Today, we have the inspiring story of two very young siblings who resorted to fixing shoes to help get the financial pressure off their backs.
1The unfortunate ones
Most children around the world are sent to school with money for their lunches. They get that from their parents before they leave the house in the morning. Unfortunately, not all children have the same luck. Today, we have a heartbreaking story of how two siblings repair shoes before school to make their lunch money.
2The two siblings
Manuelita Borbon is 13 years old and in Grade 8 while his sister is Micko Borbon who is 12 years old and in grade 7. Both live with their parents and other siblings in the Puerto Princesa City and attend Palawan National School. The two siblings recently made national headlines for their creative yet sad tale of earning lunch money.
The family lives in a very small house on Wescom Road in Barangay San Pedro. The whole family repairs shoes to make their living and this has become their primary source of income. The parents admitted to news outlets that this is not a good way to sustain a family and fulfill a family’s needs.
The circumstances were not kind to this family as the mother also does laundry to make ends meet. She tries her best to make enough to pay for the children’s school fee and other allowances but sometimes she does fall short in finances. This is when the children pick up the slack and earn for themselves.
5Heartbreaking yet inspiring
When the mother cannot provide their school fares and allowances, the children go to a small repair shop that belongs to their family friend’s on Valencia Street which is close to their school. They arrive here early so that they can fix up some shoes before school starts. This is where they make their allowance and transportation fare back home.