Nieves mother died when giving her child birth, her father when she was in the third grade. When she was 14 her grandmother passed away and there was none left to take care of her, so Nieves want to Manila and start to work on speed sewing machines. After three years, she find a job as a domestic helper and she was mainly in the charge of cooking.
In the year 1994 she got marry and had five kids (Janet, Gretchen, Eleuterio, Isabel and Nieva), because her husband was originally from Bohol Island, whole family moved there to stay in Bohol with grandparents. After five years Nieves husband was hit by car on the road and died. About an moth later Nieves with kids moved to Cebu, the second largest city in the Philippines. In the year 2003 Nieves met her second husband and she gave birth to Jerry and Jello in 2006. Just a year later her second husband passed away for a cancer when he was 34 years old. In the same year Philippines were hit by typhoon Durian. Nieves was with kids in their house when it start to collapse, they just run away and then watch how their home is washed away by huge wave. After the typhoon Neives got from the city government ferry ticket to Manila where they registered in humanitarian centre.
When her youngest child Jello was six years old, during playing with other kids he fall on the ground and hit his head. After couple of days in fever they took him to the hospital where he spent two months. The finding was terrible- his brain was damaged permanently.
The hospital bill was paid by charity Home of Joy for Sick Children whom still up to day support Jello by TWO PACK OF OATMEAL PER MONTH. Except this support Nieves and Jello are depending on what Nieves can earn by planting vegetable for local market. Most of the days she earn between US $1- 2.
This fund is raised as a support for Jello in his misery living on the top of infamous dumpsite Smokey Mountain, Tondo Manila, Philippines.
Photo-story of Nieves and Jello you can find here:
The media help of this fund is held by Czech Socio-Environmental magazine 7th Generation.