My name is Jeane Marie, I am 16 years old and I live in Barangay Ermita in Cebu city. I have three siblings: two brothers and one sister. I study at Abellana National School, where I major in cosmetology: I learn about hair dressing, make-up, massage and everything about beauty.
My dream is to become a great chef because my passion is cooking and I love to experiment new recipes. But most of all… I love eating! Another thing I dream about is joining a beauty competition or get into a beauty agency. Someday I’d love to be miss universe!
Children of Asia has been of great help in my life since I was in Grade four, 6 years ago. I was 11 years old when I entered the program and now I am almost 17. Children of Asia teaches us a lot of things we don’t learn in school and helps our families so we can go to school.
In 2016, I was a facilitator in Badian during our yearly five-day Summer camp. I was really glad to represent Children of Asia!
Life, opportunities and goals. “Life” because Children of Asia is part of my life today. “Opportunities” and “Goals” because Children of Asia helps me to reach my objectives and dreams in life.
I would like to express all my gratitude for being a part of Children of Asia because without them I could not achieve my goals. I am also thankful to the staff and the people behind this agency because they are doing a lot to help me and my family.
I am Syrine Gladys Podadera, I am working as a freelancer, so I travel all the time. Before moving to Cebu, I was staying in Manila, where I worked for an advertising company. I also used to work for Unicef after I graduated from college. Last year, after I resigned from my advertising job, I went to Singapore for ASEF (Asia-Europe Foundation). I was a young reporter where I interviewed a lot of diplomats and PhD students. After that, I moved to Cebu to start looking for a job, and I was lucky enough to find this teaching opportunity with Children of Asia.
My goal is to help our scholars with diction, pronunciation, how to deliver speeches and essay writing. Furthermore, I teach them that there is nothing wrong about making mistakes as long as you always keep trying. During the first days, it was very difficult to make them speak, so we had to work on building their self-confidence first. I shared my own stories with them, like how difficult it was for me to approach people when I was in Singapore and that I was very insecure back then. It helped!
When I see students who were initially struggling becoming really self-confident and overcoming their fears, it gives me a feeling of fulfillment!
Empowering, worthy, great!
Thank you for giving a chance to those students and for giving them the chance to accomplish their dreams!