Mangyan Boy Makes Toy Vehicles Out of Recycled Materials to Raise Funds for School

 Jupel and his creations (Photo by Jeru Cajapin)

Jupel and his creations (Photo by Jeru Cajapin)

Meet Jupel, an 11-year-old boy from the Mangyan tribe who is a student at the Casillon Elementary School in Baco, Oriental Mindoro. Unlike you, he lives in a place with no electricity. He walks "at least 20 minutes" just to reach his school, sometimes barefoot because his family is too poor to afford a pair of slippers. And the rare pair that he manages to put on his feet, very quickly gets worn-out from the sheer distance he treks on a daily basis.

Armed with discarded flip-flops and fantasies of motorized conveyance, Jupel started making toy cars out of rubber and sticks. More in Top Gear PH.