Day 7 (Part 3) – Slums of Payatas (Jan. 3, 2016)

Jan. 3, 2016.

After leaving the feeding centre, we had the opportunity to visit the homes of some of the kids we just played with.


The living conditions were a real eye opener. It made us realize how lucky we are back in Canada.


Despite the different living conditions, the people here were extremely happy. We learned that it is not material items that make us happy, but rather family, relationships, and community. All of which the people in payatas have in abundance.


We had an amazing day and experienced a whole gamut of emotions from happiness playing with the kids at the feeding centre, to sadness leaving them behind knowing that we would probably never seem them again, to joy while reconnecting with them in their community, to depression see the living conditions in the surround areas, to motivation as we become awareness of poverty outside of our normal lives, and desire to help and give back.


When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much even more will be required.- Luke 12:48

Now that we know what poverty exists beyond what we normally see, we can never ignore those less fortunate than ourselves.


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20 thoughts on “Day 7 (Part 3) – Slums of Payatas (Jan. 3, 2016)

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  1. As always, thank you for sharing such powerful insights!

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  2. It’s strange how witnessing poverty and housing issues in the Philippines has opened my eyes up to the same issues in Canada. They’re not exactly the same between the two countries, but I think that it was the comparing and contrasting of it that really laid bare the severity of our homelessness issues.

  3. It was an interesting experience to be able to see the poverty that this community deals with. It made me appreciate what i have.

  4. I remember a child asked me about my home and I told them that I had my own bedroom and they were so shocked, almost like my home sounded like a fairy tale. Made me realize how I took something as simple as my own bedroom for granted.

  5. So heart breaking to see the conditions in which people live in but also very heartwarming to see the generosity and kindness from the people living in the slums of Payatas. Makes you appreciate everything you have back in Canada.

  6. So heart breaking to see the conditions in which people live in but also very heartwarming to see the generosity and kindness from the people living in the slums of Payatas. Makes you appreciate everything you have back in Canada.

  7. As I mentioned in the last blog post, we got to visit Regine’s house and meet her father. Her house was very similar to the houses you see in the video. By seeing the type of confidence and maturity Regine had you would never expect her to be in the type of situation she was in. She lived in a single parent household with 6 other siblings. Although she wasn’t rich materialistic wise, she had a heart of gold and was rich from the love of her father and siblings.

  8. Being able to go into the Payatas Slums was a very eye opening experience. Although I was born in the Philippines, I never go to witness and experience the slums like I got to that day. Some of the families even graciously let us into their homes so we really got a taste of the living conditions of the families there. After this experience, I became more appreciative of what we have in Canada, even the little things that we take for granted everyday, like running clean water, the people of the Payatas slums did not even have easy access to.

  9. Seeing how the community lived really enhanced my perspective and allowed me to open up my worldview.

  10. It was eye opening to see the condition of the community that they lived in, and it helped me be more aware of the different situations around the world.

  11. I remember a child came up to me and asked me where I got my clothes and I told her in Canada. She just kept asking me about Canada. Then she proceeded to ask me more about Canada and it struck me how Canada was seen to be a dream for them. They have no way of imagining it because poverty was all they knew. I cried this night because it really made me feel lucky.

  12. Being able to walk around and see the slums first hand was definitely eye opening. I realized how fortunate we all are to be living in Canada, and that we shouldn’t take things for granted.

  13. This experience was really an eye opener for me. The houses were so close to each other and the sidewalks were very narrow. Marizabeth’s home was really inspirational. Inside their house was a photo of her with academic awards attached to it. This just shows much they value education. Visiting other houses made me realize we are so fortunate to have access to clean water and electricity and that we should not take this things for granted.

  14. This village had to have had the most impact on me (other than the village in Tarlac). Being able to see where the kids live is so contradicting to their personality’s. What stood out the most to me was 1) the math work we spotted on the walls, suggesting that these kids didn’t even have enough school supplies to do their homework on and 2) the condition of some of the houses that we saw were unimaginable. These kids were truly an inspiration and indirectly taught me to be thankful for what I have back at home in Canada.

  15. The slums gave me insight and made me aware of the conditions that many families face in poverty. It is such an opportunity to be able to walk around and really take in the lives of others and see how different it is to our own in Canada. It is important to be exposed, be aware, and do what we can to help others in poverty. But most especially, be thankful and grateful for all that we have.

  16. One part of this experience that struck me was when Princess showed me her house and family. Her family was really hospitable and it made me realize how life was so different here than in Canada. This made me realize to never take anything for granted and to always be grateful.

  17. Having the opportunity to walk around the slums really opened my eyes. I saw poverty first hand for the very first time. It was really hard for me to take in and accept because it made me really upset that people had to live with all these conditions. Despite that, I noticed how happy the kids were when they played together. It gave me a sense of hope and comfort because it just came to show that true happiness is found within relationships rather than materials.

  18. Seeing the way that they lived honestly opened my eyes a lot to how lucky I am, and how poverty is extremely real. When you see it on a screen it is so different from experiencing it in real life, and seeing where the kids who we connected with lived effected me so much. I want to work hard so they can get out of those situations and be in safer living conditions, but it’s hard to think about how many people are in these situations.

  19. I saw poverty first hand for the very first time that day. After meeting the kids, then seeing that some of them lived that way was heartbreaking. In the end, it was amazing to see how happy they all were despite the conditions they lived in.

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