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Pinoy Nurse in KSA donates house, lot for poor kids in Philippines

OFW Manuel Cacapit

By CHARLES TABBU
Published in Arab News on Feb 17, 2012

JEDDAH: A Filipino nurse in Taif who financed his schooling doing odd jobs is now a benefactor for underprivileged children in his home country.

Manuel Cacapit has just donated a house and lot in a town south of the Philippine capital, Manila, to a foundation helping children from very poor families.

“Every time I watch underprivileged or street children on TV, I’m reminded of how far less fortunate I was,” he said in an interview aired over ABS-CBN broadcast network’s The Filipino Channel.

When he was a young boy, Cacapit recalled, he spent most of his time at work rather than at play. Even though his father was an engineer working at a construction company, his income simply was not enough for a family of 10 brothers and sisters.

“Due to poverty, two of my siblings were adopted by my aunt, while I lived with my grandmother for two years,” he said.

To augment the family’s income, Cacapit and his siblings helped their mother sell vegetables and other food and even collected recyclable materials. “Our pocket money in school came from scrap materials that we collected from the banks of Calumpang River,” he recalled, referring to the river in Bulacan province, north of Manila.

As a teenager, he also had to skip extracurricular activities in school to work as a chassis-reader for the government vehicle licensing bureau.

Through sheer hard work and perseverance, he managed to secure a college degree, graduating as a nurse at the Quezon City Medical Center in metropolitan Manila.

Now in his 50s, Cacapit, after working for the past 27 years as a nurse officer at Saudi Arabian Army Ordinance Corps, is a self-made man. All his three children have finished college, with two of them currently taking up advanced studies. While also helping his brothers and sisters and their families, as most Filipino overseas workers do, he was able to buy several properties, including a one-hectare residential plot and two houses and lots in General Trias town of Cavite, just two hours away by car from Manila.

In a celebration of his success, Cacapit and his wife decided to share their blessings to the less fortunate by donating a house and a lot, something that every Filipino who seeks to work abroad dreams to have, but which many fail to achieve.

On Feb. 14, the Cacapit family handed over the donation to the Bantay-Bata Foundation of the Philippines.

“It’s a low-cost housing unit but we hope it will be of help to needy children,” said Cacapit, who is an active officer of the OFW Community Group of Taif.

Source : http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article576629.ece