Inspired by the passion of the staff of the ABK3 LEAP Project to help child laborers and their families in their community, 14-year old Jacqueline Bautista's dreams of becoming a social worker or a teacher someday. She wants to be able to give back to the children in her community the same help she was given through the project.
Jacky has been an assisted child of ABK3 LEAP since 2012. She used to work in a sugarcane plantation in Batangas until the project came to their village. An active student in their school, she is very much involved in various activities of ABK3 LEAP in their province. Jacky is the BCA President in their barangay and a Committee Chairperson of the Municipal Federation of BCA in Nasugbu. She is also member of the Board of Trustees of the National Federation of Children’s Associations in the Philippines (NaFeCap) in 2015. Jacky is also an active BESt (Barangay/ Bulilit Educators and Storytellers) member and BCPC (Barangay Council for the Protection of Children) child representative in their barangay. Additionally, she is involved in the Children Talk to Children (C2C) initiative of Save the Children.
The eldest among her siblings, Jacky hopes to achieve her dream so she can also help her family. But because of poverty, she anticipates that the daily expenses of going to college may be too much for her family to handle. The cost of getting a college degree in the Philippines is expensive, especially when you live from farther villages. Without a stable source of income for her parents who are laborers in the sugarcane plantations, she would need to find financial support elsewhere through scholarships.