Estancia, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, Western Samar (Philippines) (TRIP 3 November – December 2014)
Gorgeous little Rachael was determined for my attention.
Relief distribution in Marabut, Western Samar
The lady in the stripes lost her home, her son, her mother and father-in-law as well as her grandmother in Tyhphoon Yolanda.
Typhoon Yolanda in Marabut
Filipino kids are a lesson in love and complete joy.
The kids loved having their photo taken.
There is no dignity in lining up for food.
Contents of relief packs.
Waiting while relief goods are handed out.
The kids are a delight.
25kg bags of rice weighed into 8kg packs.
National Council of Churches in the Philippines provide relief goods.
Brave Chicai is an inspiration to all.
Lola held my hand worried I would fall int the mud.
ACT Alliance consult and live with the people.
Ongoing relief projects in Marabut.
The sisters …
Weighing rice packs.
Mel and Jing
Mel and Ro.
The girls on Gigantes
We missed the big ferry.
Jing lands on Gigantes
Arriving at Gigantes
My beautiful friend Ro!
Packing targets for Christmas relief goods
Typhoon Ruby spares Estancia.
All the women sat together.
The kids taught me Filipino Christmas songs.
Singing at the concert.
Even the kids sat separately
These two boys followed me everywhere
The little boy in purple shirt was so cute.
Rain interspersed with searing heat
Singing Christmas Carols with the kids.
The kids of Sawa were so beautiful
Thanking the people of Sawa for their hospitality.
The dance off …
The locals love this delicacy but for me it felt like I was eating candles.
Mingling with the locals
Rejane welcomes the community of Sawa, Basay.
After asking a million questions they begged for a photo.
Sawa school grounds.
The skin of water buffalo tastes better than it looks.
Mel and Rejane in Basay, Western Samar
Everyone loves Matt, especially the kids.
The boys in the new sunnies.
Nida and her gorgeous daughter Roseanne.
Madz makes my bed.
My friend Jac Gallagher is sponsoring this Pinoy family.
Last days in Iloilo City with Jing and Gundoy.
Playing guitar at Plaza Molo
Gundoy and Doy.
Indio guards the premises.
I visited baby Shairy and her 19 year old mother Sunshine earlier that day.
Church of Molo, Iloilo City.
These kids took ages to smile but once they did wow!
Really enjoying spending some time with my friend Rowena.
Kind and gifted Ma’am Jing.
Roseanne is a bright and gifted 4 year old from an impoverished family.
I spent the night of Typhoon Ruby sheltered with this lovely family.
Botongon Elementary School is still under repair from Typhoon Yolanda as Ruby comes stalking.
Finally after 1 whole year repairs to Botongon Elementary School begin.
My friend Rowena and her father the day before the Typhoon. The lost so much in Yolanda.
Tanza Elementary School was one of hundreds of evacuation centres. 70 families sheltered there.
A grandmother and her two boys had already walked up a very steep hill to evacuate.
Antonio and flippears! Filipino children are a delight.
Photos from my humanitarian projects in the Western Visayan region of the Philippines beginning in February 2014.
Trip 1: February 2014 – April 2014
Trip 2: May 2014 – July 2014
Trip 3: November 2014 – December 2014
Trip 4: April 2015 – October 2015
Trip 5: October 2015 – June 2016
Trip 6: July 2016 – November 2016
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