Romnick Blanco’s story is proof that with hard work and perseverance, dreams do come true.
The son of a vegetable and fruit farmer, Romnick did not allow poverty to hinder him from achieving his dreams. This year, he got accepted to one of the most prestigious universities in the world - Harvard.
The soon-to-be Ivy league student came from the foothills of Sierra Madre Mountains. According to GreenEarth Heritage Foundation, Romnick started English and computer-literacy lessons in January of 2011 as their beneficiary. He also took Bible lessons. Romnick needed to brave a bridgeless river to attend his classes. Despite the difficulties, he did not give up on his education.
Through the mentorship he received from the foundation, Romnick qualified for a scholarship at International School of Manila (ISM) in 2012 and started schooling there.
Five years later, he graduated from ISM and was offered four scholarships for his college education —Harvard College, the King Scholarship of Dartmouth College, the Freeman-Asian Scholarship of Wesleyan University and New York University-Abu Dhabi. Romnick chose Harvard.
“This is an honor and momentous occasion for us all who have been bound together by our mission/ vision. The Lord has lifted up the entire rural poor community that we serve at GreenEarth, of which Rom is a part of. With Rom’s enormous blessings, the Lord has shown us a mere glimpse of what He has in store for our people at GreenEarth ahead. The best is yet to come!” GreenEarth wrote on its website.
Check out Romnick’s journey so far in photos:
July 25, 2015 1:00-2:30 Chicago River, IL This afternoon, I went on a 90-minute architectural river cruise with my hosts. This gave me an overview of the architectural landmarks, making up the very distinctive Chicago skyline. My architecture 101!#RomBlancoUSTrip2015 #Chicago #windycity #skyline #FirstLadyCruise
July 29, 2015 12:00 pm California Science Center The California Science Center in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority came up with a special summer exhibition on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the largest of its kind ever mounted outside of Israel. The parchment scrolls found in jars accidentally discovered by Bedouin goat herders in the Qumran caves near the Dead Sea in 1947 and the succeeding years, are supposedly the oldest manuscripts that we have of the Holy Scriptures. I was in awe looking at fragments of these scrolls which include many passages from the books of Genesis, Deuteronomy, Isaiah and the Psalms. Even if I have yet to step into the Holy Land, this exhibit gave me a great feel of the Jewish culture and the importance given to the Word of God through the ages. The exhibition included a 3D movie on JERUSALEM which was vivid and deeply informative.#RomBlancoUSTrip2015 #expopark #ILoveLA #ScienCenter
July 27, 2015 3:00 pm I met these wonderful kids during my five-day stay in Chicago--they are extremely talented in sports, music and academics, and they would love to serve as volunteers at GreenEarth. Jeremy, Lauren, Maddie and Justin--we at GreenEarth look forward to having you and working with you all! Had so much fun with you guys!#RomBlancoUSTrip2015 #ilovechicago #windycity #LetsHelpOut
July 23, 2015 5:00 pm With Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate sculpture (also known as "The Bean") at the Millennium Park, an oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle. First planned in 1997 as a way to create new parkland in Grant Park and transform unsightly railroad tracks and parking lots, Millennium Park has evolved into the most significant millennium project in the world. The park has received awards for its accessibility and green design. Millennium Park has free admission, and features the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, the Lurie Garden, and various other attractions. This is such a perfect place to rest, relax and read. #TheBean #milleniumpark #ilovechicago #RomBlancoUSTrip2015 #gopro