Jonathan has faced many challenges. First, his wife, Juliet, and eldest son, Ken, got into a motorcycle accident. Juliet broke her right heel bone and Ken hit his head on the concrete street and lost consciousness.
Soon after this accident, his youngest son, Julthan, suddenly turned yellow and bloated one day. They had to bring him to several hospitals before they could diagnose his illness.
It was difficult for him to face these. Seeing his family in the hospital and in pain was heartbreaking, but the multiple hospitalizations also created significant debt. The financial burden he faced became overwhelming. He is convinced that it was only by trusting God, by prayers, and sheer determination that they were able to get through it.
When Jonathan was hired as a Security Guard at Dignity, he hoped to never again hit such a low point in his life. He was finally able to give Juliet, Ken and Julthan adequate support and even save enough to buy a motorcycle.
Unfortunately, the challenges did not stop. When the pandemic hit, prices of goods went up, there was no government aid, and he was worried he might get laid off. He was afraid he would not be able to make it through another financial crisis. But not only did Jonathan keep his job, his family – and others – received aid from Dignity.
Also, one of the largest typhoons to ever hit the area damaged their home. During the aftermath, Dignity helped rebuild their damaged house. He didn’t have to face these challenges alone – he had a community with Dignity.
“I am proud that I have a happy and whole family. Most of all, I am proud that I am able to work at Dignity as a regular employee. Working with Dignity is a big blessing.”
Within the community, Jonathan is well-known as a good and cheerful person. He is energetic and enjoys playing team sports like basketball and volleyball. He jokes, “I like singing to entertain others but singing does not like me.”
His positive attitude always brightens up the room along with the mood of everyone around him. His positivity also shows through his dreams for the future, as Jonathan always looks out for his family and friends, and his biggest desire is to help everyone around him.
He hopes to give his family a good life and for his kids to finish their studies. He is looking forward to giving his wife a sewing machine that she can use to make small items that she can sell. They want to save enough to open a small convenience store.