Math Wizard Street Kid Pursues Dream Despite Poverty

Most of the time, people think that poverty ends everything– their hopes, their ambitions, and all the good things they can have in the future. Let us take this story of Gerald Tamayo, one of the street children in Manila, who despite his financial incapability proves that there should be no hindrance in achieving ones dreams in life.

Gerald, a 10-year-old kid aspires to become an engineer. With the help of some good civil engineering students from the University of Santo Tomas who teach him Mathematics, he is able to develop that skill of answering math problems, particularly square root.

Just an ordinary street child, he also goes around asking for money. He is often seen along Dapitan Street or at P. Noval outside the UST area. However, what makes him different from other kids asking money is that he approaches people, mostly students, and tells them to ask him some square root questions in exchange for coins.

Chelsea Luzanta, a student from the said university, uploaded Gerald’s video in the internet and reached 50,000 shares in Facebook.

Gerald’s story was featured in GMA7’s Wish Ko Lang and his family was given a small business and he was also provided a scholarship by company owned by Alicia Ngipen to take civil engineering in UST once he reaches college. Right now, he is assisted by the company by providing him a monthly educational allowance so he could finish grade school and high school.

Aside from Gerald, there are two 11-year-old street children who also goes around the area to solve math problems in exchange for alms.

ABS-CBN’s Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation promised to find ways to help these two kids pursue their studies.


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