Photographer's Note

Jan. 8, 2006: Bantayan

Shiemiuzel's Family struggles everyday to make ends meet (they fish for a living) living a simple life in a simple one room wood & bamboo home on the sea.

When I stopped by this day, I was chatting with her Mama, when little Shiemiuzel heard my voice and poked her head out the door to the Family home, to see if it was me.
..I love this image of her - she's a beautiful child; it's one of my Favorites from 2006.

All of the 6 children help out with the daily chores of washing clothes & cleaning the house, and preparing food (there's a simple grill outside where they fire up dried coconut wood to cook fish & RICE), along with looking after their younger brothers &'s a very close & loving Family, and they're all a joy to be around, even though it's a hard life for them.

Along with the food I bring them, I'm going to try to get the kids some newer school clothes in Nov. 2006 - I'm organizing a clothing drive for them, as well as for Lisa & LetLet's Family in Cebu, much the same as I did for Rosa & Edison in Manila in December 2005 (2 poor street children I've known & helped there since 2003)

All of Shiemiuzel's & her Family's clothes are aged hand-me-downs and they can really use some new ones - myself & a few friends who have donated a little money towards this effort are going to see to that, when I return to Philippines in Nov. 2006

SandMan & Shiemiuzel's school age brothers & sisters are all in school, and they come home on their lunch hour to help cook their food, and help their Mother out before heading back to class.

Best Regards,
read my blog post about specific needs of poor children on Bantayan Island

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