Asheville Community Pitches In To Reunite Teacher With Family In Philippines
When Anabelle Marasigan followed her dream to be a special education teacher in the U.S., she had to leave behind her husband and four-year-old daughter in the Philippines. According to WLOS, her fellow teachers at Ira B. Jones Elementary School in Asheville, North Carolina, soon learned about Marasigan being separated from her family and were moved to help her.
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Kindergarten teacher Dina Wilson, along with other staff members, started a fundraising effort to help Marasigan’s family’s move to the United States. A few months later, they’d raised enough to pay for the move and after a 24-hour journey, Marasigan’s husband and daughter arrived in Asheville. The teacher expressed her joy and disbelief at being able to finally reunite with her family.
Now back together, Marasigan’s family plans to stay in Asheville for at least three years. They’re excited about exploring the city and meeting the community members who supported their reunion. The teacher feels fortunate for the opportunity to be with her family in Asheville, and is grateful for the community’s help in making it possible.