Jason and Ava have spent the day helping to make cinder blocks for a home way, way outside of Manila. Jason called me on the van ride home and said Ava had a great time, and worked really hard. After a day's work in that incredible Philippine humidity, she was exhausted. I'm so proud of her!
Here they are with Doods, the future homeowner. (And I think he wins the Awesome Name of the Day contest, don't you?) The homeowner puts in at least 400 hours of work on building his/her own home, alongside the volunteer teams that come to work. Isn't that amazing? I love Habitat for Humanity. The little boy there is Nathan, the son of some good friends of ours. Nathan and his dad Jason are also on the trip.
Here they are in the van at the start of the day. Traffic in Manila is always an experience. There are 20 million people living in Manila--can you believe that? There's only 21 million people in all of Australia! So, anytime you're on the road, it is absolutely jam-packed with cars, taxis, buses, motorcycles--you name it! A stretch of highway with 3 marked lanes will easily become 6 lanes. You can reach out your car window and touch the other cars as they go by. Yet somehow, you get where you need to go. Well, most of the time! It is really something to see.
After all the craziness to get them there, I am glad they are enjoying the trip! And my little girl is helping cut rebar and make bricks! I think I need to re-think her chore list around the house...