Sherwin Mariano 2017 Visit
INA is delighted to again be hosting Sherwin Mariano from the Philippines.
Sherwin is a former sponsor child through INA and is now the CEO of VOHGM, a Community Development organisation in the Philippines. He has an inspiring story to tell, captivating audiences both young and old, and will be speaking about his experience of growing up in poverty, of being a sponsored child and how being given an education has lifted him out of poverty.
Hear Sherwin between Oct 18 – Nov 8
If you would like to book Sherwin for a speaking engagement in your work place, church, community group, school or even host an event in your own home, please contact:
Amanda Southwell, Community Engagement Manager,
Office: (03) 9877 7177
Mobile: 0404 852 720
At the age of nineteen, my parents abandoned me. I became an immediate guardian to eight siblings and shouldered the entire responsibility of raising a family alone. Living in a one-room shanty and sleeping on a concrete floor with seven siblings was the norm for my family.
The cramped space and poor sanitation meant we’d spend our time outside or at school to avoid our dwelling. The hardest part for me and my siblings was the rejection we felt from our parents and people in our community.
I used to be embarrassed to share my story, now I’m excited. I believe my experience is not just about me. Through telling my story, people can see that I’m just one person, and there’s so many others who need help like I did. I am just one story.
I am now working for VOHGM Inc. helping children in the slums who are living as I was before.