Leaving Poverty Behind


Janlinon (Jan), his parents and younger brother, look out from their home in the sugar cane fields of northern Cebu in the Philippines. After years of labor in the fields, Jan is happy to be in school full time.

From the age of 10, Janlinon worked as a farm laborer. He would earn $2 a day working 6 to 8 hours in the hot sun. 

“We would receive our salary every week. Each time I received mine, I gave it to my parents to help in our expenses,” Jan says.

Then World Vision’s community programs started to bear fruit for Jan . His parents are benefiting from economic development programs and they are willing and able to supported Jan’s education.

“I’ve always wanted to become a teacher,” says Jan. “It is my way to raise my family from poverty and I can also help other children in their education.”

“World Vision gives me hope. Now, that I am closer to my dream, I will continue to work hard. I will not waste my education by working back to the plantations,” he says.


Photo©2015 Mong Jimenez/World Vision

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