Homeless Girl In The Philippines Does Her Homework During Monsoon
The excuses we used to come up with to get out of doing homework. Dog ate it. Sister stole it. Felt sick. No snacks. Mum needed help. Had to babysit. Joined the army for the night. Just plain forgot to do it.
Shame on us, because this little girl in the Philippines has still managed to crack on with her homework even though she's homeless.
The eight-year-old girl was captured on camera, hiding beneath a coat while it poured with rain around her so that she could carry on with her studying.
Elaine Dolfo, the studious little girl, was made homeless along with her four-year-old sister and their mum and dad.
Her dad became ill and lost his job, leaving the family to sleep outside next to the boiler room.
In the video, which was filmed at about 7am, you can see that her mum is still asleep next to her.
It's monsoon season in the Philippines, with many parts of the country prone to flooding.
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The wind and rain are clearly causing problems for Elaine, whose notebook keeps flapping around while she's trying to write.
She's pulled the coat up over her head and her work book like a canopy to try and keep her notes dry.
She apparently told Rolando Villanueva, a passer-by, that she wanted to get good grades so that she could support her family with a good job when she's older.
She told Rolando: "I want to finish my homework and do well at school. Then I can have a good job and take care of myself and my family. I need to finish the work for the teacher."
Bloody hell, we'd have fully taken this as an excuse to abandon our homework for the rest of the year. Sorry miss, I can't finish my coursework, I'm homeless and sleeping in a rain shower.
Little Elaine clearly places a high value on education, which is so inspiring.
She's apparently a grade three student at the Aurora Quezon Elementary School in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
Rolando said: "This is something that I will show my children so they remember how important it is to take school seriously. Everyone should remember how fortunate they are to have a good education.
"Little Elaine will succeed in life. I am sure. She is so determined and very bright. She has lost her home and has nowhere comfortable but she still made it a priority to do her homework. It is very inspirational."
One one hand, poor kid - no one should ever have to experience being homeless. But as her defiant spirit shows, what a LAD she is.
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