Nine siblings whose education allowed them to escape poverty gave the home they grew up in a stunning makeover.

Whenever somebody is asked how they would spend their newfound fortune if they ever “make it big,” the answer is usually “I would buy my parents a home.” It is a dream for many of us to give back to the people who raised us, and buying a home often means a promise of comfort, stability, and safety. For nine siblings in the Philippines, this dream became a reality when they transformed their childhood hut into a massive dream home. 

Less fortunate

Growing up, the Gorra family was poor. The two parents and nine children who made up the family survived on very little, and lived together in a small and isolated hut. Often, families who find themselves in this type of situation have to end their children’s education early and send them to work, just to make ends meet. However, the Gorra parents refused to halt their children’s schooling, and worked hard to keep the family going on two incomes. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, all nine of their children were able to get a good education and escape the cycle of poverty they were born into. 

Home is where the heart is

While the children didn’t mind growing up in their hut, they always dreamed of one day buying their own homes and buying their parents a beautiful home too. 

The Gorra children’s dreams came true. They grew up to have lucrative jobs and eventually pooled their money in order to transform their old family home into a beautiful mansion. Unfortunately, the Gorra parents both passed away before the amazing renovation was finished, but they died knowing that their sacrifices were worth it. Their children had beautiful lives and are forever grateful to their parents for blessing them with the gift of education. 

The power the education

Education is a powerful tool for breaking cycles of poverty. According to UNESCO, one additional year of school can boost lifetime earnings by 10 percent and maternal deaths would shrink by two thirds if all mothers completed primary education.

These are just some of the benefits of an educated population. If all of us sought to be educated ourselves and invested in the education of our families, we would leave the world better than we found it. 

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