Going with the Flow

by Patrick Angeles

Translated by Allysa May F. Buisa

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.” - 1 Thessalonians 3:7

Patrick has gone far in his journey with the Kapatiran Kaunlaran Foundation, Inc. or KKFI. Now he is ready to move ahead.

He already passed the Massage Therapy course given by KKFI in partnership with TESDA and has received recognition through a National Certificate or NCII from TESDA. He received the top award for the 2017 MT course and passed the ALS Accreditation and Examination. He qualified as a scholar and was admitted at Navotas Polytechnic College.

He finished his first year as an honor student with an average of 93 percent.

He said the accomplishments he made became possible because he “paddled despite the storm and waves.”

Patrick is an Alternative Learning System student at St. Peter UMC Navotas City before he became a KKFI scholar.

While studying at ALS, he was invited and participated in various activities on community development. He was exposed to the Youth Camp, LikhAral, Teatro Kapatiran, Psychosocial Support Training sessions and Care Group sessions that enabled him to explore his own emotions and share his experiences.

Patrick shared how all the experiences helped him gain knowledge and skills that serve as his “paddle in traveling the river of trials,” especially in these trying times.

He said he is determined to help himself and his family.

He was chosen as a livelihood partner of KKFI and was assigned to make dishwashing liquid and powder detergents.

In his work, he was able to share ideas on how to increase sales and how to market the products.

He also volunteered in various community activities, including the recent “profiling activity” in Tondo, Manila.

Patrick’s scholarship continues this school year.

Despite his busy schedule in school, he always makes time to participate in online activities and submits his requirements on time.

He said he knows that KKFI’s vision is not just to provide financial help to students but to help them achieve their full potential through holistic programs and services.

Patrick is currently into a “buy-and-sell” business of second-hand cellphones, bikes, and superkalan.

He is managing his time through school works, KKFI activities, family, and personal life.

He is currently receiving tuition support from the scholarship program in Navotas Polytechnic College.

And just like how placid waters flow, Patrick knows that he will grow in wisdom as he places high priority on keeping his peace because he knows that he has Christ in his heart.

“Why would he be scared when he knows he has a BIG GOD behind him?”

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