Over the years I’ve been able to meet and correspond with people from all over the world thanks to the Internet. It began in middle and high school in the mid to late nineties when I would chat on IRC. Learning about different people and cultures has always interested me, especially at a time when I hated my own existence.
The Philippines struck me as a country with big-hearted people. Even when struck by disasters and widespread poverty, they seem devout, generous and loving. I was thinking if I can support a young kid, someone that never asked to be part of this world, to give them even one more chance I could sleep. Enter Fatima. I’m hoping to connect and support her, to be a friendly face. I received her photo and video from the humanitarian organization and have been writing to her for the past few months. I don’t get a chance to update my blog very often, and I thought writing one for her might be a good idea.
She comes from Camarines Norte – a province in the Bicol region of Luzon, an island in the Philippines. I’ve never been to the Philippines, but it looks like a beautiful tropical archipelago. It’s probably covered with pineapple and mango trees.
Included in her introduction is a short video describing her favorite things and what she wants to be when she grows up. A friend was kind enough to translate the video and I’ve included the transcription below as well.
My name is Fatima. My favorite food is fried chicken. My favorite color is red. My favorite school subject is Filipino. I want to be a teacher someday!