PHOTO BLOG: Over the river and through the woods

I have worked with World Vision for nearly three years -- yet I am still amazed by the things I see and the stories I hear. I am equally inspired by the drive and determination of people living in poverty to overcome their circumstances and build a better world for their children, their communities, our country, and the world.

Recently, I experienced firsthand the struggles children in remote communities face just to get to school, and I wanted to share this experience with you.

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Over the river and through the woods | World Vision Blog

Our day started early — at 4 a.m.! I was with my coworkers, Jo (in the orange shirt), Ann (in the striped jacket), and Chris (in the red t-shirt). We just met at the office.

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Over the river and through the woods | World Vision Blog

The team took a roller-coaster ride on a really long and winding road. It was so slippery that our 'habal-habal' (motorcycle) drivers would even ask us to walk at times.

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Over the river and through the woods | World Vision Blog

After an hour of the 'habal-habal' ride, we arrived at the village. But that was just the beginning.

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Over the river and through the woods | World Vision Blog

Many children stop at the stream to have a quick shower on their way to school. They leave their wet clothes (which they use to bathe in) hanging to dry while they study. Then they pick them up on their way home.

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Over the river and through the woods | World Vision Blog

We then crossed six mountains and one stream on foot to reach our final destination! The trek in going to school is quite enjoyable for children, but for us, seeing and experiencing what they do every day is quite challenging and risky for them. These children are uncertain about what they'll meet along the way — like the snake that we saw while walking. They said that it is already normal to see snakes on their way to school.

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Over the river and through the woods | World Vision Blog

The kids make a game out of their trek to school, but it is a challenging and risky journey. Most of the children have a lot of wounds on their legs and feet.

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Over the river and through the woods | World Vision Blog

After an hour of walking, we arrived at their school. It was truly rewarding and priceless moment after experiencing an hour bus ride, an hour of a slippery 'habal-habal' ride, and more than an hour of walking to reach this school located at the top of the mountain.

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Over the river and through the woods | World Vision Blog

It’s hard to believe this is part of their everyday life. They love school, and it is worth the effort to get there.

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    Comments

    I had a first hand experience on this. During my early days, transportation wasn't that much available. We would pass through knee-deep mud,where carabaos also passes through; walked 4 - 18km going back to and from our barrio to the town proper where we attended high school every weekends or ride on top-loads when lucky via weapon-trucks or 6x6 trucks when lucky. Current generations are luckier.

    I already heard your organization here in Bataan, you really help many children who wants to go in school but unfortunately doesn't have enough money to support their schooling. Thank God there is World Vision, that could help them in their schooling.

    I used to hate our 2 minute walk to the buss stop.....When I saw this I realized that I should justget over my spoiled self...

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