|News Features - Success Stories|
|Written by Pantawid Pamilya SMU|
|Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:57|
Forty-two-year old Sheila Toning deserves to be called a “Wonder Mom”. And why not? Aside from being a full-time mother to four children and a wife to her husband, she also is also a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Parent Leader in Brgy. Gairan, Bogo City in Cebu, a manicurist, and a hairstylist. There is nothing she would not do for her family, especially for her kids. So when part of their house was torn down by Typhoon Yolanda, she did not hesitate to fix it by herself.
“Siguro mga tatlong araw pa bago ako nahimasmasan at ayusin ang bahay namin.Talagang na-shock kami sa damage na ginawa ng bagyo sa bahay namin. (It took me about three days before I got on my feet and decided to fix our house. We were all shocked with the damage the typhoon did to our house.),” Sheila said.
Her husband was working in Manila when the typhoon made landfall on November 8 last year, and with no money to pay for the services of a carpenter she decided to repair their house by herself. It was a job for a man, but she did not seem to mind the danger of climbing on their roof.
She related, “Bumili na lang ako ng pako para mapagdikit-dikit ko yung mga natirang kahoy at yero sa bahay namin. Inakyat ko yung bubong para hindi na pumasok yung tubig sa loob. Wala naman akong ibang choice kung di ayusin ang bahay namin. Para sa mga anak ko iyon. Nasasaktan akong natutulog sila sa kusina kasi nasira yung bubong namin (I just bought nails to repair our house. I fixed the roof and ceiling so the rain will not get inside our house. I had no other choice but to fix it. It was for my kids. It pained me to see them sleeping in the kitchen because our roof was wrecked).”
Proud of what she did, she asked her daughter to take pictures of her fixing their roof. After her carpentry work was done she showed the photos to her City Link and co-Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries hoping she could inspire them.
For Sheila, repairing their house by herself was out of necessity. It was something that she had to do to give her kids a decent place to sleep in. But for her children, it was an act of love that they truly appreciate.
“Kinuwento ko sa mga kaklase ko na Mama ko ang nag-ayos ng bahay namin. Sabi nila Wonder Mom daw siya. Proud ako sa kanya hindi lang sa pag-aayos ng bahay kung di sa lahat ng ginagawa niya para sa aming magkakapatid (I told my classmates that it was Mama who fixed our house. They said she is Wonder Mom. I am proud of her not only for what she did to our house but also to all that she does for me and my siblings),” said Jiji, Sheila’s daughter.
Sheila often goes around the barangay to offer manicure and hairstyling services. This is also her way of helping her husband, a construction worker, to earn more.
Just like other mothers, Sheila dreams that all her children will finish college. She is thankful for being a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary, saying that the cash grant helps her send her kids to school. Luckily, her children are doing well in school, determined to finish their studies.
“Masipag silang mag-aral kaya nga sana makatapos sila ng college (They are hardworking students that is why I hope they could finish college),” Sheila related.
Joelyn, Sheila’s second child, promised to finish her studies so she can give her Mama a big house: a house that can withstand any typhoon.