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  • Schoolboy Makes Amazing Toy Cars to Raise Funds to Build School Toilet

    11-year-old Jupel makes his toy cars from bits of old tires, rubber slippers, sticks and wood!
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • Gradeschoolers shouldn't have to think about raising money because they want to build their school a toilet. Children shouldn't have to worry about acquiring basic needs because society should have already provided them with that.

    Photo from IndigenousPH/Facebook

    11-year-old Jupel, however, has to. Jupel is a Mangyan. The Mangyan are an indigenous tribe in the mountains of Mindoro. There's no electricity where he and his community live.

    Jupel studies at Casillon Elementary School where, to get there, he walks for 20 minutes barefooted on unpaved paths because rubber slippers don’t last long on the rocky terrain. His parents don’t have enough to keep buying him slippers or to get him better shoes. 

    Because of this, Jupel is left with shredded bits of his torn slippers. Good thing he’s unabashedly talented because now he has the material he needs to make small-scale versions of vehicles. He makes jeeps, tricycles and cars using bits of rubber slippers, sticks, wood, old tires or anything else he finds. He doesn’t have glue; his ingenuity keeps his toys together. In addition to that, all the wheels on his toy vehicles spin.  

    Here are some samples of Jupel’s handiwork: 

    Photo from IndigenousPH/Facebook

    Photo from IndigenousPH/Facebook

    Photo from IndigenousPH/Facebook

    Photo from IndigenousPH/Facebook

    Jupel plans on selling his crafts to raise money to build his school a restroom. This is a boy who walks to school barefooted. Instead of keeping the money for himself, he chooses to put it into something useful that everyone can benefit from. Jupel, you are an inspiration. 

    Jupel's creations are not yet for sale, according to IndigenousPH. Visit the IndigenousPH Facebook page to follow on his story. 

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    We should not only teach our children to be frugal and money-wise but also generous and altruistic. A sense of community and charity will bear fruit to empathy and humility. Financial consultant and family counselor Mayang Sison-Pascual told SmartParenting.com.ph that generosity is at the heart of Christianity as well. “If we truly live by our faith and values, then we model it to our kids as regular acts of generosity —- for actions speak louder than words.”



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