Naomi’s family went through many difficulties. When she was only in kindergarten, her father suffered from stroke, and after a few years, he became bedridden. Because of financial lack, her infant sister had to be put up for adoption. Her mother was only a street food vendor. Naomi helped her out whenever she could.
With no money or food, she would walk to and from school for about four kilometers. When it rained, she would come home soaking wet because she did not have an umbrella. At times, her classmates tried to pool their money together to help her.
Throughout high school, she had to take summer jobs to earn money. In college, she had to write to her school’s accounting department, asking if she could pay her tuition in installments. She sold peanuts to her classmates to somehow earn for her basic needs; she was dubbed “peanut girl.” When she entered her fourth year in college, she became a Real LIFE scholar and received the support she needed to focus on her studies and worry less about her lack of finances.
Today, Naomi works for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in
Zamboanga, handling cases of adoptions, foster care, children needing special protection, and the rescue of rape victims. In light of the current situation in Mindanao, she has been assigned to Iligan City where victims have been evacuated. She is tasked to give psychosocial support for the children there.
At first, Naomi hesitated, asking the Lord why she has been placed in a war-torn area at such a young age. But, God reassured her of His purpose for her life, and she is now willing to be used by God in Iligan.
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