Pero sino ba ang mag-aakala na ang batang iyon ay makakatanggap ng full scholarship sa ibang bansa at nakapagtapos bilang isang valedictorian?
Sa panahon ngayon, marami ang naghihirap at walang makain. Kadalasan ay hindi na din nakakapasok sa paaralan kung kaya naman madalas sila napipilitan na mag trabaho at tumulong sa kanilang mga magulang.
Sophy Ron Batang Basurera nakakuha ng Full Scholarship sa Australia!
May mga pinapalad at may mayroon din hindi. Kaya naman ang malalaking oportunidad ay hindi na dapat pinapalagpas.
Isang inspiring story ng isang batang babae na talagang nagpa bilib sa karamihan.
Siya si Sophy Ron, isang batang laki sa hirap. Bata pa lamang siya, kinailangan niya nang mag trabaho para mapilit ang kanyang pag-aaral. Nakatira sila sa tabi ng tambakan ng mga basura.
Dahil sa kanyang tiyaga, nakatanggap siya ng full scholarship sa University of Melbourne sa Australia.
“I didn’t realise it was smelly, I didn’t realise it was dirty, I slept there, I ate there, I did everything there, so it became my home,” aniya.
“He asked me whether I wanted to study English, and at that time I had no idea what English was, I ran home feeling happy because he promised he would take me to school,” Sophy shared.
Sa tulong ng Cambodian Children’s Fund or CCF, nagkaroon ng oportunidad si Sophy kaya naman sinikap niyang makapagtapos at nagawa niya ito bilang isang valedictorian.
Sa kanyang graduation speech, makikitang matalino talaga si Sophy lalo na sa pagsasalita ng Ingles.
Sa kabila mg kanyang tagumpay, hindi nakalimutan ni Sophy na lumingon sa kanyang pinanggalingan kaya naman nais niyang makasama muna ang kanyang mga kaibigan at pamilya bago siya mag tungo sa Australia.
Marami ang humanga at na inspire kay Sophy dahil sa kabila ng hirap, nagawa niyang mag tagumpay.
Sophy Ron Speech
You know that feeling, I was like I was speechless and at the same time I was like, Is this a dream? I just couldn’t stop smiling. and then at night I dreamt about me flying in an airplane and all like that.
I grew up in Cambodia and the are I lived in was a garbage dump. I did scavenging for sellable things and that’s how I earnt money. For me I think when I was smaller I didn’t know that it was hard. But sometimes I started comparing myself with the others when I see people who looked better, who had a better life than I did. So that’s like I started understanding like that’s life.
At the age of 13, Sophy was given the opportunity to attend school through the Cambodian Children’s Fund. After graduating as one of the top students in her class, she was awarded a scholarship to come to Trinity.
My mum dreamt about me all night long. Like you know, “Oh my daughter is going to be abroad, studying abroad” and my parents couldn’t stop bragging about me. Yeah, thats how excited they felt. Now, I live in Trinity College. The room that I live in is as big as my old house. Given this opportunity to come here is such a life-changing experience for me.
If it weren’t for them I don’t think I would be able to be this strong to be this independent and to be someone for my family. It taught me how to grow as a person as well.
Sophy completed her foundation studies at Trinity last year. She is now living on residence and majoring in Politics and International Relations at the University of Melbourne.
By 2023, Trinity College will offer up to $8 million worth of scholarship every year.
Many more lives will be transformed.