A Little Goes a Long Way

“Pasensiya ka na kung kaunti lang mai-do-donate ko, ah.”

(I’m sorry if I only have little to donate.)


I instantly gave Rachel a hug when she apologized for donating what she thought was “little.” I even felt that she was reluctant to hand over the paper bag carrying the school supplies.

While it was a humbling experience to hear someone apologize for donating, I couldn’t help but wonder why an apology was necessary. Maybe it’s because two is better than one or more really is merrier.

I won’t deny that getting more is exciting. Hello, who doesn’t love a bargain? However, we shouldn’t allow it to overshadow the fact that a little can go a long way.

“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

Come to think of it, how little is little? If one can change the world, nothing is the only thing that’s little now.

So, Rachel, I refuse to accept your apology. Let me tell you why. What is “little” to you means everything to me and the children. How could you apologize for that?

Thank you so much, Rachel!

Here’s to education and beyond!


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