- A blind father continues to work for his family despite his condition
- His 5-year-old daughter guides him as he works
- Dodong has been blind for 20 years
A blind father continues to work hard for his family despite his condition — getting strength from his five-year-old daughter.
In an article written by Jules Garcia of GMA Public Affairs, it was disclosed that Nelson, who is known by many as Dodong, has been blind for 20 years now but continues to work for his family. Despite his illness, Dodong works in a farm to be able to earn a living for his family.
At present, Dodong said, his biggest challenge is how to help his child achieve her dreams given his condition.
“Ang anak ko, siya ang pinakamalaking challenge para sa akin kaya nga tinatanong ko sa buhay, paano ko matutupad ang pangarap ng aking anak? Matutupad ko kaya ang kaniyang mga pangarap? Bulag ako [My daughter, she is the biggest challenge for me. I am always asking how will I help my child reach her dreams? Will I be able to help her? I’m blind],” Dodong shared.
Every day, he goes to the farm. He admits that it is not easy for him to work because of his blindness but he needs to do it for his family.
Good thing, Dodong is not alone in his battle. His daughter, Jenny, accompanies him each time she can; guiding him wherever he goes in the farm.
“Kapag wala siyang pasok sa eskuwela, umiiyak siya kapag patungo na ako sa trabaho. Ayaw niya akong mag-isa (aalis). Hindi niya gusto na ako lang mag-isa tutungo roon [When she does not have classes, she cries each time I go to work. She does not want me to go out all by myself],” Dodong added.
Dodong was in Grade 3 when he started having eye problems. When he reached the age of 20 years old, he became completely blind.
Dodong’s family currently is in need of financial support. For those who want to donate money, one can make a deposit to the Philippine National Bank (PNB); with the account name Nelson Pepe and account number 633605400014. One may also contact Rubylyn Pabillon at 09198982528.
The whole story about Dodong can be read at GMA News Online.