Day 6- Living Like a Local
Today was our live like a local day, which involved walking to our destination instead of taking tricycles, participating in local daily activities and only eating lugaw. For those of you who don’t know, lugaw is a traditional Filipino dish, which consists of rice, water, salt and chicken.
Our morning session involved splitting into two groups, with one group going to the IRC and the other to the Church. At the IRC, we helped with making ginger tea and collecting resources. Making ginger tea is more difficult than was expected, and involved grating fresh ginger, squeezing out the juice and letting it brew into tea. Those who were not helping to make the tea were collecting rocks and sand from a 7-meter hole, which the IRC will use to form a stable ground within the community.
Those in the Church group were faced with the task of entertaining 80 kindergartners for approximately an hour. Firstly, we watched the group of Kindergarten kids perform their worship songs and dances. After this, we taught them a Bible verse accompanied with a dance. This was followed by very energetic games of duck-duck-goose, tunnel ball and musical statues. We then channeled our creative side and made balloon animals.
The next bowl of lugaw was shared for lunch, as the group shared stories of our morning experiences. We then all walked down to the IRC to serve the children freshly made pizza. They ate like kings, with many of the children having never eaten pizza before. Although we didn’t get to see their reaction as we left before it was served, we know that it was something that was thoroughly enjoyed by the children.
This evening we shared dinner with the members of the local community, with 8 families kindly inviting us into their homes. We split into groups of 2-3 and took tricycles to each of their homes. During dinner, we shared stories of our journeys over bowls of lugaw.
After an emotional day, we all had an early night knowing we would be able to enjoy a cup of coffee the following morning.
Hayley and Hannah