Your dedication to the mission of Pearl S. Buck International is so important. Your generosity is instrumental in helping children in need become successful young adults and break the bonds of poverty that have hindered their families for generations.
Please enjoy the Success Stories and Program Updates below to see how you are changing lives.
Receiving the Gift of Eyesight, a New Smile, and Self-Confidence
Growing Up Afraid to Smile
Daisy is a 16-year old from the mountainous region of Sitio Santa Fe Iram, New Cabalan, Olongapo City. She currently lives with her sister and her mother, who works as a laundry woman in their community. But Daisy’s father died 10 years ago due to kidney failure, which left her mother as the sole caretaker and breadwinner for their family.
As a growing child, Daisy stayed at home and played only with her sister. She had been diagnosed with a cataract in her right eye, which left her unable to see out of that eye. In addition, her teeth were crooked with the front teeth missing. Many people bullied her because of these things, so she avoided going places or playing with other children. Because of this, she never smiled so people couldn’t see her missing teeth.
Daisy’s Sponsor Changed Her Life
Last year, Daisy’s sponsor visited her as part of the Pearl S. Buck International Cultural Trip to the Philippines. One of the most important parts of these tours is the chance for personal encounters between sponsored children and their sponsors—these moments of meeting are always touching and emotional for both parties.
Upon meeting Daisy, her sponsor immediately said he wanted to help get sight restored to her right eye and to have her teeth fixed. He believed that if Daisy could see better and wouldn’t be afraid to smile and be around friends, that she would learn to socialize with people and have improved self-confidence.
Thanks to her sponsor’s generosity, Daisy went through major eye surgery and an extensive dental procedure from May to October 2019. Her sponsor was right—Daisy is now the picture of a confident young woman who smiles all the time.
When she was interviewed by her social worker, Daisy expressed her deepest thanks for having the chance to rebuild her self-worth and for no longer having the painful experience of being bullied. She called her sponsor “the light of my life.”
Following Her Dreams
Now as a senior high school student, Daisy is pursuing a Technical-Vocational and Livelihood Track and hopes to finish it within the next two years. She dreams of going to college after graduation and pursuing her education to become a teacher.
The staff and board of Pearl S. Buck Foundation Philippines are extremely grateful to child sponsors and donors whose support changes the lives of children such as Daisy—building their confidence, enabling them to stay in school, and allowing them to follow their dreams.