Wiser than Iron Man. Faster than Flash. Tougher than Superman. Who comes to your mind when you hear the word “superhero”?
We know someone who is even better. He does not fly nor does he shoot laser beams from his eyes. However, he’s not short of being called “super”.
He’s a father.
Samuel Dela Cruz Mecham from San Clemente, Tarlac, Philippines fits this description.
Tatay Sam, as his close friends call him, is a hard working father and provider of two daughters who recently graduated from college with Marketing and Psychology degrees. Tatay Sam supported his daughters throughout college through farming and perseverance. Tatay Sam from San Clemente, Tarlac, Philippines exemplifies that hard work and diligence lead to success.
Upon receiving training on CEB production, Samuel worked with IHHELPP in the CEB (Compressed Earth Blocks) presses in Camiling and was part of the blocks production for the San Fabian eye clinic project.
“Learning how to create CEBs helped me support my family financially,” says Tatay Sam. “Personally, I am just grateful to learn a new skill. IHHELPP gave me an opportunity to improve myself as a person and a provider”
Tatay Sam is one of many Filipinos benefitted by IHHELPP’s CEB livelihood program.
For IHHELPP, life is like making CEBs; you need to exert effort, patience, and passion to make the perfect brick or the dream you always desired.
Sheena and Clyde are Grade 11 students from Cristo Rey High School. They volunteer for IHHELPP as writers and content editors.