El Dorado – Let the Cleaning Begin!

After serving lunch to all the kids, we all grabbed a garbage bag and a pair of gloves to do a community clean up.

Mike looking for garbage

We started off cleaning inside of the GK complex. As you can see above, it was relatively clean. It wasn’t until we went into the core of El Dorado that we really started to see the big difference between their standard of living.

Getting right in the community

We couldn’t believe hot small and tight everything was.

Open drainage system accumulates a lot of garbage

And no running water or electricity in individual homes.

Getting into the nitty gritty

Unlike the GK compound, the homes here were made out of any scrap materials they can find.

Good thing we have young healthy joints
Finding a spot that needs attention

We really got so see how our life was so different in Canada.

We’ll never complain about having to do laundry again
Local shop owner watching us in action

The cutest thing was that the kids followed us around during the entire clean up and acted as our tour guides.

Helping change the world.

The neighbourhood kids got right in there too, helping us pick up garbage and debris.  They were so helpful and positive.  For them, it was like a game and it made our work fun.

Working as a team

We worked in 4 teams and took different routes and some very tight places.

Cutting between houses was so normal for the locals
We saw this boy with a baby chick during our clean up
My bag is the fullest
A job well done

We made it back to GK compound and Mike’s dad bought everyone ice cream.

Us and the kids get ice cream……only 10 pesos each (that’s 25 cents)
My favourite!  Cheese flavour.

We’re going to miss these kids.

Part of the cleaning team!
True bonding. We’ll miss you all.

What a great day to start our service work in the Philippines!  It was hard to say bye.

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  1. This was so beautiful to see. You can really tell just how cramped and tight the spaces appear to be. The kids are all so sweet and genuine, the ice cream photos were my favourites. What the team has been able to accomplish is extraordinary, this was just wonderful to see.

    1. ?Great to see these stories still coming in!

      Peace, Joy and Hope, Steve De Quintal Teacher, St. Mary Catholic Academy, 66 Dufferin Park Ave. Toronto, Ontario M6H-1J6. 416-393-5528 ext. 84293 “that they may have life and have it the full.”

      “Teach me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge.” – Psalm 119

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