A video showing a Filipina girl leading her blind father around the jungle farm where he works has gone viral — and may end up changing both of their lives forever.
The video, posted to Facebook on June 9, shows five-year-old Jenny leading her father, Nelson “Dodong” Pepe, around a coconut farm. Dodong holds a long walking stick by one end, and Jenny grasps the other. The pair walk barefoot across the brush-ridden land as Jenny leads her father to where he has left his lunch.
The video was captured by a member of ABS-CBN Foundation, the public service arm of the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation Filipino news channel. According to ABS-CBN, Dodong climbs about 60 coconut trees in a long shift and earns less than $9 per day.
Since the first video, many other clips featuring the pair have been published to Facebook, including one that shows Jenny leading her father on the long and often treacherous hike through the jungle that they must make twice each day to reach the coconut farm.
Concerned for their safety, ABSCBN brought Dodong and his family to Manila, where he was diagnosed with retinal detachment and retinitis pigmentosa, reports ABSCBN. The organization is now offering him training so that he can find work less hazardous to his health — and that of his young daughter.