I have shied away from visiting temporary relocation shelters for many reasons, one of them being the lack of dignity afforded to the residents in these communities.
These bunkhouses are separated by a single sheet of plywood which offers very little in terms of privacy. There isn’t even a ceiling to shield the interior from the heat radiating from the hot tin roof.
Outside, buckets and basins holding stored household water line up the alley. Bathing is done in the open by young and old alike, but with clothes on.
A typical bunkhouse is approximately 100 square feet. It serves as the living room, dining room, bedroom, entertainment room, and whatever room it needs to be. It is barely the size of a single hotel room and and it doesn’t have a toilet.
Months have already passed and there is still no update as to when a permanent shelter will be provided, or if there will be any. All they know is that one day they will have to move out again.
But the worrying is best left to the adults.
Kids should enjoy their childhood, and they should enjoy their cold “halo-halo” on such a hot summer day.
or an ice candy.
They should have time to play games..
..or to cook their own barbecue. I had to step in and tell them that burning plastic wasn’t healthy.
But the real reason for coming to the Abucay temporary bunkhouses was to fulfill a commitment to a project which our camera club has decided to undertake. Our project for this day was to mentor and guide young photographers in taking family photos of the residents of this community. The photos were then printed, framed, and given to the residents who were just as happy to have something to hang on their wall.
The photographers themselves are evacuees who come from 3 different temporary relocation sites. They have taken a short course on photography, thanks to UNICEF, and we are providing them a continuing education through an indirect partnership with UNICEF.
These siblings now have a group photo in their home. Not this particular shot, but very close to it. My young photographer friend did a very good job of capturing their lovely smiles.
This might be the first time this kid saw herself in a photo.
Even the adults got so excited when they saw their photos.
This activity was a success and for sure our young photographer friends were very proud of themselves. Best of all, the residents each received a priceless souvenir to remember this day.
Feels great to see those wonderful smiles
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Great work with the youngsters!
Reblogged this on charlesfroland1970 and commented:
I’ve lived in shelters, soI can relate!!!
I love your feed kuya! I’m a fan of your photos! Would love to have a work (if it is or just a hobby) like that in the future.
Thank you, Jubelle. I hope you find meaningful work (or hobby) that you enjoy.
Thank you kuya! I enjoy photography as a hobby too, hoping it will become my work soon but I’m now working in production works so I don’t have the time for my hobby.
Wonderful photos, very touching. And a great text along with it to show how inhuman humans are. Terrible that people have to live in these conditions, not sure about their future.
Thank you for sharing!
Have a great Sunday!
I admire the work you do.
thank you, Alan.
Another great series! The project of mentoring budding photographers is wonderful. It almost sounds like the HelpPortrait project that is sponsored every Christmas holiday season. Photographers gather together to take pics of targeted groups (different every year) and give them free prints. What a wonderful gift your club gave the photographers and the recipients.
Thank you. We did think about doing such a project to do by ourselves some time back before the typhoon; maybe we should push through on that this year.
There is nothing quite like the simple happiness and joy of childhood, and you bring it out in so many ways. Great shots and post. Wish you and this project success.
thank you. We’ll have one more such project at another temporary relocation site. I hope the people there will be as receptive as this first batch.
I am sure they will be! Very well done.
Once again an excellent story telling thru photographs!! thank you Orlando.
Priceless photos of survival. Thanks again for sharing these lovely captures.
you’re welcome and thanks, too.
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Great worth project, great photos… full of hope.
Reblogged this on ariaanimaniac and commented:
Natural Pics are great.
Reblogged this on careabouteducation and commented:
gorgeous smile, great project, and hope that daily life more healthier. Nice share
What a great project. So meaningful for these families I am sure.
A project worth its weight in gold, those smiles!
great photo’s and a cool enterprise, hope they get the homes they need at some point.
i hope so too..
What a beautiful and meaningful project.