“One school year again was over. The Grade 6 pupils would receive their certificate of completion and they are ready for high school. The others will move to another grade level. That’s what counts most, passing the school year.
The children were buzzing who got awards, were glad and excited. Joren approached me, saying, “Pa, I don’t have any awards, ever since, but it doesn’t matter as long as I passed every year.” We both happily laugh. To be in school is not easy for this boy who endured so much abuse.
When the graduation program came, Joren saw is name among the awardees. He hardly could believe it. It was his first. Every school year he was content of passing. Every school year, it was a bit of struggle to stay in school.
So during the awarding ceremony, each child waited happily and anxiously for their turn to come on stage. Joren said that I would accompany him to the stage. It was almost our time to go, but I could not find Joren. When he appeared again, he looked anxious, and when I held his hands, they were too cold and sweaty. But we both laughed. When we were on stage, and he received his certificate, and he shook hands with his teachers, I felt so proud for this boy.
And for all our children who completed the year and were given awards. Almost all children in BP had their recognition.
Isabel graduated with honors. She addressed the whole graduating class, thanking every one, and her BP family for raising her since she was five years old. Our Benjamin completed high school, with honors, too. The school gave us a certificate of recognition for being Benjamin’s parents, and raising him to be what he has become.
They cannot tell it in many words, only through sweaty and cold hands, but our children are very grateful. So to all of the children’s sponsors, and to all who in many ways help Batang Pinangga, we share with you our children’s proudest moments.”