While a lot of kids in big cities complain about not getting a Jollibee or McDonald’s meal for lunch, there are many kids in far-flung areas who don’t even get to eat a good meal three times a day. Even kids in urban poor areas experience the same fate, with a lot of students going to school with an empty stomach.
Recently, one girl in Zamboanga Del Sur went viral after a teacher shared her photo as she eats ‘kamote’ and fish as her ‘baon’. And while many netizens said there’s nothing wrong with ‘kamote’ and fish because these are delicious foods, the teacher had only posted this to serve as inspiration to other students who complain about the food their parents give them.
The teacher, Almera Maquintura Bagares, expressed admiration that this student, later identified as Cristine T. Nonan, remains determined to go to school even if her food is just ‘kamote’ and fish.
Some netizens slammed the teacher for belittling the child’s food, saying that ‘kamote’ and fish are healthy. However, others pointed out that while that’s true, the ‘kamote’ and fish the child is eating in the picture showcases her poverty. Her parents are farmers and they plant their own root crops, but they don’t have a lot of money to buy other food.
“There is nothing wrong with her food. I eat that too when camotes are in season with GG or bangus or bulad. It’s healthier and savory! Let’s not be blinded with commercialism and fast food which we know are not healthy at all,” one netizen angrily wrote.
“I agree with you! Kulang lang sa kaalaman ang mga nag-iisip na yan lang ang kayang kainin ng bata dahil poor. Maybe they are poor financially and needs money for other needs but please don’t use her healthy foods as an example for being poor. Her foods are only for the rich kung tutuusin,” another agreed.
But many still took pity on the kid – and sent money so she and her family can enjoy some other food items.
“Naranasan ko din yan bb pro wg Kang mag alala mas masarap pa yan kai sa Karne ..Ang importante sa ngaun malusog kau nde nagkakasakit kmi nga dati bereha lng kmi lalagnaten ubo sip on dahil sa mga pagkain puro gulay saging camote 😊behera lng kmi mkain ng bigas mais dati pro nagpapasalamat pa Rin kmi sa god kahit papaano may kinakain bb.god bless you bb.tuloy Mo lng un pag aaral,” a netizen expressed support.
“Di mkarelate ang mga taong di nkaranas ng sobrang kahirapan! Ganon din ako noon!” another commented.
Local vlogger Grasya TV would later share photos of the donations they received for the child and her family. While the child’s food was the subject of some heated debate on Facebook, many are still thankful that there were those who shared their blessings to help this child.
Others wanted to encourage her to continue going to school for a better future…