A World Apart.
Last month I accompanied a group of Filipino American physicians and nurses to the town of Bogo, Philippines documenting their mission work. Traveling from across the United States this diverse group of medical personnel returns every two years donating free health care to many of the area’s indigent population. It requires a dedicated effort to coordinate and finance the healing efforts provided to these individuals, many of whom live on a subsistence level.
The basic preconception of the Philippines is an idyllic island paradise lined with white sand beaches. And while those scenes are plentiful enough, an alarming number of Filipinos live in poverty. I’ve described this as layers of poverty built upon more layers. It is a staggering sight. Once you’ve witnessed the extent of this repressive daily struggle you cannot return home unaffected. It’s encouraging to know that scores of unseen individuals from across the globe are actively engaged in similar missions.
Over the next several weeks, I’ll be posting photographs from the work in Bogo. Upon completion of the group’s website redesign, I’ll add their link to my blog. And once that site is active, I hope you’ll consider making a small donation to this worthy cause.
All the best, Eli.