Hello Family and Friends, sorry for the late update! After a very long 28 hour journey I finally arrived in Manila on Saturday afternoon. I have to admit I got a bit teary eyed before I left, the fact that I will be away for 6 months only really started to sink in a day or two ago.
Saying Bye at Pearson
Thankfully I had no problems at all! Immigration and customs were a breeze, I didn’t get asked any questions, and in fact I doubt they even checked to see if I had a visa or outgoing plane ticket. Baggage claim was a bit stressful, my bags were one of the last ones out so it was a very tense hail mary filled 30 minutes. Sr Jojo and another VIDES volunteer were there at the airport to pick me up. During the van ride to the school Sr. Jojo was telling me about the different missions they had and some of the work I would be doing. They have a small residential school for about 17 girls who have been victims of sexual abuse. She said the youngest girl was 6 years old! Apparently the building they are at now is pretty dilapidated and there had even been a fire due to bad electrical circuiting. They recently got approval from Rome to build a new school for them, but they need help writing a project proposal to get funding. According to Sr. Jojo there is also another Canadian volunteer here! She doesn’t live with the Sisters but comes every day to work with them. In July there is a group of Korean VIDES volunteers coming for a month and in the fall a few volunteers from Europe.
In the van coming from the airport. My bad photo taking skills
When we finally reached the school Sr. Jojo showed me to my room and gave me a quick tour:
The room is nice, though I did get a shock when I walked into the bathroom and saw a cockroach!! It took a few swats to kill it, so after that I made sure to put my tooth brush in a ziplock at all times and leave no bag unopened. After a quick shower and some unpacking I went for dinner with the Sisters. There were only a few there because some of them were on retreat, but hopefully today I shall meet more of them.That’s all for now, leave comments below!