Manicani Island was perhaps the most memorable aspect of our visit this year. Due to bad weather, the seas were a bit rough, but we managed to get there in one piece (although soaking wet and with a broken boat). Many excited kids greeted us at the dock, and accompanied us to the center of town. Because the waters were rough, most of the teachers were not able to come out that day to teach classes. The parents and community pulled together to help us gather the children, organize them by grades, and record the children’s names.
As we passed out the supplies in the first Barangay, children’s faces lit up with excitement. They said it was the first time they had ever received any help like this. Some teachers cried, saying that this gave them hope for the children’s future and their’s.