Opening Up to the Camera

Trip Start Jun 28, 2013
Trip End Aug 25, 2014

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Flag of Philippines  , Eastern Visayas,
Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hello Everyone,
The children had a special treat today, as my coworker Brandon a Video intern with GoAbroad decided to come do some filming in Cangumbang. The kids were shy in front of the video camera at first, but by the end were making faces and talking openly to him on camera.

Lunch for the day was tuna sandwiches. The kids gobbled them up as usual and little sandwich biscuits afterwards, not to mention some yummy pineapple juice to keep them hydrated. The kids are gradually getting more silly and crazy for snacks, I am anxious for the center to be completed so I can establish a real structure and order to our activities.

Soon enough the center will be done. After speaking with Mano Bambu, our trusted and true contractor, on Saturday, I feel confident the door, bathroom, and  sink will be completed by the end of the month. Then the workers will continue finishing up the remaining bathroom and sink and other minor details. Our local carpenter, Mano Eddie, will be constructing furniture from the coco lumber used for the scaffoldings we created throughout the construction. He built one bench already and it looks perfect for the center, it is in the style of a typical picnic table bench in the States.

It was a little easier to keep the kids out of the center on Saturday, while I let Brandon film some of the construction, because my friend Rachel and a coworker Tahna tagged along as well. The two of them helped me explain to the kids that I was just running upstairs, so the older kids tried to distract them with a game. I am truly excited to show all of you the compilation of videos Brandon captures once he creates a coherent film from them. I am so thankful to have his interest in my project and his genuine curiosity to learn about the community.

I managed to bring groceries again to my family of 6 children, as I still have plenty left from the groceries my boss and his wife so kindly provided. May Joy was more excited for Spam and Vienna Sausages than anything else, but her and Josey Rose told us the little boys were not too fond of the spicy instant noodles they tried earlier in the week. I love learning their preferences and favorites and being able to surprise them with small delights. I love my relationship with each one of them, but I hate their current familial situation…with little to no love and parenting. I just keep hoping that their mother will come around and realize her priority is with her children. Hopefully, I can talk with her in the coming weeks and try to sort out what is going on in her life that is keeping her from being a mother.

Thanks to all new sponsors! There are now 24 sponsored children in Cangumbang, all of whom are graciously, excitedly receiving lunch Monday thru Friday as part of their sponsorship. Of course each of them receives school supplies and monthly grocery allotments as well. There are still plenty more children to be sponsored. Nanay Elay even supplied me with a list of her suggestions on Saturday, all of whom I will look in to personally. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, or know someone who would be do not hesitate to email me! I'd love to share more information with you about the kids. J

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aunt t on

it's awesome! so spacious inside! Miss you Missy!

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