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Former Filipino street kid now drives a Porsche in the Sunshine State

You may find Fernando Kuehnel’s life enviable. He drives around with his Porsche in the Sunshine State, and he has a nice home and a family who keeps him warm and feel loved. Truly, he’s living the American dream!

However, Fernando’s life was not pleasant at the beginning. He and his two brothers were abandoned by their parents in the streets of Project 8, Quezon City. Up to this day, he still has no idea why their folks left them. He was six back then. He told ABS-CBN:

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“They found us on the street, all three of us. They brought us to the orphanage. I remember carrying couple bags, we were crying you know.”

Their life as orphans wasn’t easy, as well. They were bullied, narrating that they “put hot pepper on your eye when you wake up.” This pushed him to escape the orphanage at the age of 10. He pushed the kariton (cart) alone on the streets of Manila, wherein he was also forced to scavenge food in the trash to be able to survive. Three years later, he decided to come back.

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“So, they were gonna be adopted, just the two of them, and then one kid ran away from the orphanage looked for me, he said: Your brothers [are] gonna go and get adopted, so better go back, so I went back… I’m not stupid, right? I came back.”

The adoption may have been their road to reach the other side of the world, or the one with the greener pasture, but their life wasn’t initially at peace. Then, their second parents sent them back to the orphanage.

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Finally, the Kuehnels adopted them and treated them as their own—and it changed their life forever. This was the start of their fortune, adding that Fernando made an effort to learn English by going to an ESL (English as Second Language) class in Greenbay, Wisconsin back then. He eventually finished his bachelors in nursing, and his degree in business administration in healthcare as a summa cum laude.

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Today, you may be impressed to know that he is a clinical scientist for the top-tier pharmaceutical company Novartis. He shared his inspiring story in his book “My Third Parents,” to which 100% of the proceeds will go to the orphanages in the Philippines.

Fernando also founded Kabataan Charity, also known as K-Charity, which aims to improve the orphans’ life. He’s hopeful that these kids, through his foundation, wouldn’t go through the same thing he and his brothers did.

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What can you say about this? Were you inspired by Fernando Kuehnel’s life? Share your comments and reactions below!

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