Meet Charlyn Mae Pretencio, born and raised in Tacloban City. In 2013, when Super Typhoon Yolanda immensely hit their city, Charlyn, who is an incoming 4th-year high schoolstudent back then, wouldn’t have thought that a catastrophic tragedy would introduce her to a life-changing opportunity she has always been dreaming of.
“After the wreck of Supertyphoon Yolanda, where our City and the people were devastated, our church, Tacloban Family Church of Yahweh, paved the way and introduced us to Operation Blessing,” Charlyn narrated.
To make matters worse, Charlyn is anxious as to how she could finance her studies and where to look for opportunities that will help her to go to college.
“I was facing countless struggles during that time but one thing that bothered me and my family most was how or where we could get money to finance my studies once I entered college,” Charlyn explained. “Though I was already an OB Scholar then, OB made it clear that the contract will renew every school year so I didn’t have enough assurance if the program will continue or not and whether I would still be qualified or not,” she furthered.
Charlyn is among many students who don’t want to be left behind just because her parents can’t afford to give her a better quality education. Every day, she would carry with her the determination that someday she will finish her study and land on a job that matches her competencies.
“My biggest goal is to be a Certified Public Accountant, because I believe this title will be a vessel and will lead me and my family to have a promising life in the long run, through the guidance of our Almighty God,” she said.
Indeed, Charlyn’s determination and faith didn’t fail her. Just when she thought that her scholarship contract with BTS was about to end, good news came and saved her deteriorating hope.
“There was an interview conducted and by the grace of God, I was chosen to be one of the beneficiaries,” she enthusiastically said.
When asked about how OB helped her to dream big things, Charlyn mentioned that it helped her foresee the possibility of fulfilling her dream to finish her study.
“OB, through its BTS Program, helped me achieve my goals by helping me financially and spiritually. The people in BTS always check up on me and the other beneficiaries on how we are doing, on how we are coping up with our studies, on what else we need, and that’s few of the reasons why we strive to achieve every goal we have. I am now an official graduate of BS in Accountancy because I shared in their dreams to change lives.”
Charlyn graduated on her course last April 2020 and is now preparing to take a review class in October in preparation for the board exam.