My name is Alexa Altamirano and I am a junior at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco.
Growing up, my parents would tell me that many children in the Philippines aren’t as fortunate as I am.
When I was 11 years old, I attended my first PIA event. I was so touched by their cause that I felt compelled to help in any way that I can. I didn’t realize that for 40 cents a day, I could fund a kid’s education for an entire year. I saved my allowance, Christmas and birthday gifts so I could donate to PIA. I started getting letters from a girl named Nica Mae Mayor from Zapote, Las Piñas City. After reading her heartfelt thank you letters and updates on her progress in school, I realized how much a small amount could go a long way. I didn’t know that even at 11 years old, I could make a difference in someone’s life. After 5 years of sponsoring, I feel so proud and happy to have been able to give someone the gift of education and I plan to continue for many years to come. Please find it in your hearts to support the poor children of the Philippines and encourage others to do the same.