Joriz stands in a rubbish dump holding a bag of garbage to be sorted and recycled
Credit: Filmed & edited by Jordan & Cassie Timpy of Agape Visuals,

Joriz's early life

Joriz’s parents separated when he was young. Joriz and his four siblings lived with their grandparents for a while until their mother could care for them again.

“My mother, working as a garbage collector, struggled to make ends meet. The financial strain often left us without basic necessities, I helped my mother to recycle waste before and after my class. There were days when I had to attend school on an empty stomach. Despite these hardships, I learned the value of perseverance and the importance of education. These experiences ignited a fire within me, driving me to strive for a better future and to break free from the cycle of poverty.”

When his mother remarried, his stepfather was cruel towards him and his siblings. Seeking safety and a chance at an education, Joriz came to the Sisters of Mary, searching for a way to improve his life and the lives of his younger siblings and their mother.

Joriz sits in his Nihongo class in Adlas
Credit: Filmed & edited by Jordan & Cassie Timpy of Agape Visuals,

Life at school

When we were able to fund a place for Joriz with the Sisters, he finally found safety. A place where he does not need to work to help his family put food on the table, but can rest securely and focus on his education. Joriz loves learning, especially languages, and dreams of providing a more stable future for his family.

Joriz has the chance to make a better life, free from poverty and deprivation, thanks to the education he is receiving.

“The Sisters of Mary School became a beacon of hope for me. It offered a haven for aspiring students like me, providing free education, food, shelter, spiritual education, and a supportive community. It was within the walls of this school that I learned valuable life lessons, resilience, and the power of dreams. Despite the hardships I have faced, I never lost sight of my goals. I developed a determination to fight for a better future and dream big, not only for myself but also to uplift and support my family.”

Joriz's Story

“Living here is a like a paradise for me, because everything is provided. Not only food, education, but also they mould me, they guide me. Even though there are so many setbacks, they teach me how to fight.”

Joriz Adlas Boystown, the Philippines