Special Delivery

August 7, 2010

Leah sent her most recent letter by registered mail. It has gorgeous stamps featuring clams, lionfish and a clown fish. Underwater marvels. And the real marvel: it reached the Isis Initiative P.O. Box in Oregon. Her previous unregistered letter never arrived.

I was excited to collect a registered letter from the Philippines this week. Leah visited Marethel Guinsayao at Western Mindanao State University in Dumingag. Marethel is the first recipient of a scholarship from Isis Initiative, Inc. She lives in a remote area on the Zamboanga Peninsula on Mindanao. Communication has been sketchy throughout her first semester at university.

Leah made the long trip by bus to pay her tuition and take photographs of Marethel and her school for us.

Leah wrote: “I think she tries her best to get good grades for her grades last semester are not so good. She asked an apology and told me that, that was because everything was new to her…We’ll just wait and see her performance this semester.”

We’re happy to support Marethel and wish her all the best as she pursues her dream to become an elementary school teacher.


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