Stories of hope shared at the National Forum
Before reaching the ballroom, guests were first greeted at the registration booth by a series of photos illustrating the collaboration between participants and their mentors during the course of the project or showing affected persons posing next to their soon-to-be homes.
Alyzza’s experience was not unique. Mauludia Pala related the story of how she started out as a full-time mom and ended up becoming a fully trained welder. Her family feared the uncertainty that came with resettlement before participating in the project, especially since Mauludia was not earning money for the household and her husband’s income as a security guard made it difficult for their family to get by. But with the help of the project, she says she was able to complete two Shielded Metal Arc Welding courses provided by the TVET government agency TESDA.
“Welding is actually easy,” Malaudia said in Filipino. “At first, we might think it’s a job suited only for men, but women are just as capable of thriving in this field.” In the future, she hopes to put up her own business and earn enough money to continue sending her five-year-old son to school.