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  1. #21

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    Sorry I was very busy the last few weeks, so I saw this and forgot about it. Made a small donation as well. Thank you hullexile


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    I love you all, geoexpat delivers again! I really am overwhelmed (but feel free to over overwhelm me )

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    Some photos from the squatter camp with some volunteers. 139 people got food, based from the house of a cousin of a friend.

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    Interesting fact about the above location. (Hundreds turned out but as they were mostly children not many photos were taken of them.)

    Most of the people here are Bajao, sea gypsies. They fled from the south a long time ago to avoid fighting and ended up as far from the sea you can get in the Philippines. Normally they never live in land. Physically they have evolved so they can spend a long time underwater.

    The authorities have been providing money and training to try and get them back to their natural environment.

    For safety Mia will only go into an area if she can use someone's house, so here the cousin of a friend. She tries to avoid involving the local politicians or they use it to grab credit. Today into the neighbouring city, again using contacts, and again street children.


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    Sorry for the lack of photos especially from the orphanage, Mia's phone totally fucked and lost all the ones she had taken.

    Unexpected dangers of food relief - Mia dropping off some parcels with a friend who would deliver them to the recipients. Motorbike pulls up, man gets off, all hell lets loose as two heavily armed and screaming SWAT teams storm out of an empty house. Man grabs his gun but then thinks better of it and raises his hands. Mia bangs on a house gate and jumps inside.

    Still open for more donations, via the site or PayPal or Western Union


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    The latest donation received, thank you, will be used to feed some street kids Mia found living under a bridge.

    Meanwhile she was handing out food to the pedicab riders. I don't like the term "deserving poor" but they certainly fit in that category. They cycle people around town all day and will be lucky to make more than two or three pounds. You can understand how a food pack costing say £5 means a lot to them and their families.

    Caused a traffic jam once word got out with dozens arriving!

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    My wife asked me to pass on a personal and heartfelt thank you to all donors and especially to Shri for hosting the appeal on geoexpat. So many people were made happy.

    Have a great Christmas.


  8. #28

    Yeah, makes complaints about the food in quarantine hotels kind of pale in comparison...

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    Hope my little contribution helps.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gunsnroses:
    Hope my little contribution helps.
    Many thanks, yes it will
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