Video: Man collects garbage, sends daughter to university
He only earns Dh34 a day.
A garbage collector recently shared how he was able to save up money in order to see his daughter's college education through. His story of dreaming big against all odds was revealed in a special report conducted by GMA News.
The report introduces us to Cristito Quimado, who works as a garbage collector in the Philippines. His job exposes him to all sorts of risks and health hazards, not to mention that he only gets paid 500 pesos (Dh34 approx) per day. Despite his meagre income, 51-year-old Quimado was able to fund his eldest daughter's university education.
Last April, Quimado witnessed his eldest child's graduation. Jenny Rose Quimado earned a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Food Technology. Quimado remarks that he now wants to send his four other children to school. "Education is the only thing I can leave them with," he tells the camera before breaking down in tears.
Overcoming immense odds, the garbage collector confessed that the road was not always easy: "It's hard because I have a lot of children. Despite that, I persevere. There are even times when we have nothing to eat."
His daughter, Jenny echoes the same sentiment: Sometimes I go to university without any lunch. I am very thankful for my father because he is honourable, he doesn't do anything illegal in his line of work."
Her daughter also doesn't shy away from the fact that her father's job is not that glamorous. "When people ask her 'what does your father do?' She tells them, he's a garbage collector! She's not ashamed of what I do for a living," Quimado smiles.
Now with a whole life ahead of her, Jenny aims to repay her father by taking him to fancy restaurants and buying him nice clothes. She also wants to help her father pay for her siblings' schooling.
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