Rodallie S. Mosende grew up homeless and living on Paterno Street, Quiapo in Manila, the Philippines but she did not let this major hurdle block her from going to school and making her dreams come true.
According to The Filipino Times, Rodallie was a beggar as a child. Sometimes, when she’s too hungry, she would grab food from passersby. When her mother got sick, she was forced to hustle food from vendors to feed the family but promised to pay them when she get older.
Wanting to make good of this promise, Rodallie struggled to go to school despite the family not having enough money even for food.
It was back in 2011 that her life began to turn around when she met documentary photographer Rick Rocamora who was doing a documentary about the homeless in Quiapo at the time. Rick was touched by Rodallie’s determination to finish high school.
When her story became viral, an anonymous benefactor donated money to support her college education at the Lyceum University of the Philippines (Manila campus)! A number of social media users also contributed money to help Rodallie while she also worked as a street sweeper for food and transportation.
Last April 23, Rodallie was among those who graduated from the prestigious private university. She’s living proof that anyone can succeed with hard work and perseverance plus some (or a lot of) help from the community.
A job in the cruise industry is in the works for her now that she has graduated from International Hospitality Management, majoring in cruise line operation in hotel services. Very soon, she and her family would no longer be homeless.
Congratulations, Rodallie! May you continue to persevere and work your way to success! You are a big inspiration for us all…