How far do public school children in the rural areas travel to get to school? Stories of their determination are both heart-tugging and disturbing, highlighting the perennial lack of educational facilities for the hope of the motherland.
By Michael L. Tan
I was at the Mind Museum with the kids some months back and at one point, looking at an exhibit showing an astronaut on the moon, I asked my youngest: “Would you like to go to the moon some day?”
“We live on earth full of trials but by the grace of God, we remain standing like trees. Even if the leaves are falling, still there are new leaves of hope waiting. When we feel being poisoned by stress, pressure, pain, and failure the best antidote is to pray. Nothing more, nothing less.”
By Randy David
For almost a decade after the hanging of the Filipino domestic helper Flor Contemplacion in Singapore, I stopped going there. I couldn’t forget the insensitivity and arrogance that marked the handling of her final moments. But time heals all wounds. And—irony of all ironies—my youngest daughter decided to study, work, and raise a family there.
There is nothing quite as distressing as a child afflicted with a grave disease, like cancer. Certain types of cancer are so ruthless, so expensive to treat, that not every child is gifted with a “happy ending.” In the Philippines, where poverty is a continuing reality, the cost of fighting cancer is so high that children diagnosed with the disease are handed a virtual death sentence.