Last week, Rey D., 17, a resident and Peer Motivator in Stairway, went to Manila on a home visit. His story is a touching tale that reveals what he experienced while in the city and how it helped to put his stay in Stairway into perspective.
It’s a wonderful experience again to see my family even there is no changes in life style – still hard and poor. I stayed in the small house of my brother who has a live-in partner already together with my other brother also. So, we were four in the house which the space are not even enough for all of us. On my first day, I sent a text message to my mother that I already arrived then, after 6 hours she appeared in our place. From our conversation, I found out that she is living with someone who is jobless. This situation makes me annoyed. I had a spoken with my mother. I told her to spend her that much better for her to spend her life with her children particular to our youngest that are living in Cavite under care of our maternal grandmother. During our conversation, it seems that my mother was not interested on my views ;(. However, I took my 700.00 from my pocket and asked her to bring the money for my younger siblings in Cavite for their food which she did.