Check out my other posts on JVP areas I've visited before when I was still Program officer, here, here and here :)
For this post, I just wanted to share this former JVP area in Zambales where Joan was assigned as a health officer. The institution is called the Foundation of Our Lady of Peace Mission Inc. (FOLPMI). FOLPMI has several projects involving the indigenous community of Aetas in Zambales. They provide livelihood, health services, formation and education to the community. Joan, a registered nurse, was sent to be in charge of the health clinic, the daily feeding program for the kids and health education.
The institution and the community sits on top of a mountain. Whenever I am there I feel like I'm on a retreat. It's quiet, there are a lot of trees and there's a falls running right beside the community.
One of the things I love about visiting this particular area are the kids. Just look at these photos:
Look at that smile!
These are the children of the lady who watches over the foundation's sari-sari store.
Milo! So good especially on cold, rainy days.
Here are the kids doing some coloring. I was never good at coloring when I was a kid.
These kinds of moment remind me of what I really want to do in life.
It's common for many Filipinos to eat by hand. I miss doing that.
Joan had to work so I got to play around with these kids.
So, so cute.
And there's Joan with the kids!
And there's me!
I hope I get to go back soon. :)