Thursday, January 17, 2008

Manicani life

The people in Manicani live in very humble circumstances. Many own boats and fish for a living, but when weather is bad, the money runs out because they cannot catch anything. Despite these hardships, the people there are very optimistic and cheerful. They are very loving; helping each other survive.

Monday, January 14, 2008


Manicani island was perhaps the most memorable aspect of our visit this year. Due to bad weather, the seas were a bit rough, but we managed to get there in one piece (although soaking wet and with a broken boat). Many excited kids greeted us at the dock, and accompanied us to the center of town. Because the waters were rough, most of the teachers were not able to come out that day to teach classes. The parents and community pulled together to help us gather the children, organize them by grades, and record the children's names.

As we passed out the supplies in the first Barangay, children's faces lit up with excitement. They said it was the first time they had ever received any help like this. Some teachers cried, saying that this gave them hope for the children's future and their's.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Sulangan school

Many of the kids here were eager to see us as word had already spread that we were coming. They were very excited to get school supplies, and eager to learn more about us. The Lefler kids were a hit: they showed the kids how to do hand tricks and other games you can play without toys.


This is one of the Barangay's we went to for school supplies distribution. Most of the people here fish for a living.

Eastern Samar

We are back from our trip now, and have a lot to share. Many of the schools were lacking basics for the students such as pencils and pens. We will be posting some pictures of the trip, and some videos as well. Thank you so much for all your support - it has made a big impact on many needy children.