A crowdfunding page has been set up for an 8-year-old homeless girl who was filmed doing her homework in the rain.
Footage of Elaine Dolfo finishing her schoolwork, despite having to battle both living rough on the streets and a heavy downpour of rain, has struck a chord with people on the internet.
Touched by her commitment to her education, as well as the unfortunate circumstance she has been placed in, a GoFundMe page has been set up for Elaine and her family.
The GoFundMe was set up by Marlene Garcia, a university student in Tennessee, USA, who set up the page after she saw the video of young Elaine struggling to complete her schoolwork. Garcia said it ‘really touched my heart’ as she pulled a coat over her head to shelter herself from the rain.
The video was filmed in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, by passerby Rolando Villanueva. Despite being the epicentre of the country, many families live well below the poverty line and are forced to live on the streets while they pay for their children to go to school. While a good education isn’t even a guaranteed passport to a better life it didn’t deter Elaine from getting her homework finished.
Villanueva’s footage captured Elaine outside an apartment block in Manila on a rainy Friday morning (July 6) at 7 AM. Elaine’s mother Ellen, 40, and younger sister Alexandra, four, were sleeping next to the boiler room building after being made homeless recently when husband and father, Jerry, aged 42, was taken ill and could not go into work.
In spite of Elaine’s tough circumstances, she still had the resolve to finish her school work – she even remained resolute during the monsoon season storm.
The harsh weather conditions meant strong winds kept blowing the pages from her book, while rain left her soaking wet – but it did not put Elaine off as she huddled closer over her pages while writing with her pencil. She also pulled a coat over her head to stop the water from damaging her schoolbook.
She told passer-by, Rolando Villanueva, she wants to be top of her class and get a good job to help her family.
Elaine, who is a Grade Three second honour student, enrolled at Aurora Quezon Elementary School in Manila, said:
I want to finish my homework and do well at school. Then I can have a good job and take care of myself and my family. I need to finish the work for the teacher.
Her father works as a tricycle taxi driver but has been unable to work due to being sick. The landlord kicked the family out of their home a few days before the video was made, as they could not pay the rent.
Rolando said Elaine serve as an inspiration to people about the importance of taking education seriously and not neglecting it.
This is something that I will show my children so they remember how important it is to take school seriously. Everyone should remember how fortunate they are to have a good education.
If you want know more about the GoFundMe page, which has been set up in Elaine’s name, please click here.
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