Jeilryjdz & Romeo: medical, school, and housing
Organized by: Kenzie Cassels
Romeo (left) and Jeilryjdz (right) are two extraordinary brothers I was fortunate to meet while volunteering in the Philippines last summer. Jeilryjdz recently graduated grade six at the top of his class in their home in Ifugao (a landlocked village 8 hours outside of Manila). Jeilryjdz is talented at writing and math and shows immense love and caring for his younger brother Romeo. The boys’ father earns approximately 500 pesos a week (around 14 dollars) making and selling chicken coops at the local market. Their mother passed away two years ago and the father works tirelessly to provide for his boys in the absence of their mother. Despite his hard work the father's wages do not cover basic food, medical, or tuition costs. While their father wants to see them continue in school he is unable to cover the basic costs. Additionally, younger brother Romeo has an undiagnosed learning disability that has resulted in him being unable to graduate past the third grade. Currently I sponsor the two boys and have already paid this year’s tuition and fees. However, the family needs additional money to provide medical attention to Romeo, pay additional school and living costs. I am a university student in my final year of school and am unable to provide these additional funds at this time. Any contribution would be so much appreciated by these two boys and their father. Thank you very much for any support you can provide. Every dollar will go directly to the boys with no third party fee. The money I pay is transferred to a family friend who travels to Ifugoa every few months. She then pays the families bill and the boy’ tuition.