Today we were able to sleep in until 7:00am rather than 6:00am which was a plus already. We had pancakes for breakfast, which was amazing, as well as hot chocolates and coffees. We then hopped on the bus and jammed to some Moana playlist as well as some Sam Smith. When we got to Barangal, all the kids were surrounding and running after the bus as we were waving and smiling at them.
Then we split into three groups: 2 of them worked in a sugar cane field picking up rocks for a new road in their community. We had to carry the stones on bags held up by sticks and the rest picked stones up from the sugar cane field to put onto the bags. The other group picked up rubbish down the main road. In between picking up rocks and rubbish we were hanging around and making friends with the children there the entire time. Everyone had at least one buddy by the end.
We then had a break because we were all ridiculously hot and dehydrated – particularly the kids out in the rock field.
Then we packed two kilos of rice, 2 cans of sardines and four packets of noodles into packs. There was about 200 of these packs in all which were going to the families in the community for further food supplies. As we were packing the rice, Eden managed to split open a double bag of rice – what a clutz 😊
After that we had lunch which was chicken on a stick – our favourite meal (especially Nat’s), beef on a kebab and rice, of course. They also brought in cold drinks to further cool us down.
Then we all went back out into the field and carried rocks again until 2:45pm.
We then distributed the food to the families after this, one by one blessing each family, a touching occasion as every face lit up as they received a bag.
Finally, we then had free time with the kids to blow up the balloons into different animals, there was the usual dogs and swords and Daniel attempting to make kangaroos and after 2 or 6 tries he was successful. Others made pipe cleaners into bracelets, flowers, headbands or love hearts. All of this was loved and appreciated greatly by the children. An hour and a half later we had to say goodbye to the children and our newfound friends. Hoping on the bus for another trip down to the hotel.
We got back to the hotel and as we walked in there was loads of pretty decorations, we were told earlier that there was a wedding on – which was beautiful. Mr Beacham then brought all our washing up from the laundry and oh was that a difficult experience as everything was mixed together. Trying to find all our matching socks was a struggle. After that we went on our way to dinner which was baby back ribs, beef soup, special Filipino noodles and for dessert was chocolate cake, which was delicious. Our plan for later on is to go back to the hotel, pack our things and have a good nights rest for an early start to tomorrow morning.
Eden & Tenielle