|The bridge leading over to the village where the Escarpe Family lives. The actual bridge was washe away in flood waters, so this is the makeshift bridge for now.|
|Part of the area where they live, in the hills.|
|Filipinos truly are a humble and happy people!|
|This is a typical basketball court, ones like this are seen all over the Philippines. You thought playing on carpet in the cultural hall was hard, try playing on a dirt court in flip flops!|
|Climbing down to visit the sisters that live "under the bridge"|
|Grandma's house with some of the grandkids.|
|And you thought walking down the street to visit teach your neighbor was a pain?|
|This is the home of the Israel family. They have 12 children, 11 boys and 1 girl and all live in this one room home. They sell vegetables at the market to sustain themselves.|
|This family actually has seven kids. You should have seen the excitement on the kids faces when we brought them hard boiled eggs and sweet bread.|
|Their house (which was built by the father)|
|This older sister and her daughter wash clothes in the river for a living. Their home was made of bricks, but had a dirt floor and no electricity or running water.|
|On our way up "the mountain" to visit another sister and her family. (I slipped and fell on the way down haha)|
|Last time we visited this family they had no food to even eat that night. They had spent their money on medicine for the baby and had nothing left for food. We left a small amount of cash to help.|
|Us enjoying the spoils of his labor. We drank the juice straight out of the coconut and then he cut them open for us and we ate the "meat". It was great.|
Whatever you do, I hope that you will look at the situations these people are living in and just be more grateful for what you have. Be grateful that you have food to eat every day, clothes and shoes for you and your children, access to an education, money to buy things like phones, computers, cars, even bikes. It is a great reminder to each of us to really notice those things that we take for granted every day of our lives.
I hope we can all find ways to serve those less fortunate than us. If you decide you want to help these people here in the Talamban Ward in Cebu, Philippines please contact me.