After Bongliw our next GK site was Ocampo. Ocampo is the largest GK village in CamSur, a 5 hector plot contained 143 houses, a sibol school, community house, model house, office. With 143+ families living in the village, the total population of Ocampo surpassed 1,000 residents.
At Ocampo we joined up with another group of young adults from California. A young adult Church group from San Jose, California. At Ocampo we constructed the ‘kitchen extensions’ to the GK houses, over the three days around 40 kitchen extensions were built out of hallow blocks, cement, gravel, and metal roofing. In addition to the build we spent a lot of time interacting with the kids.
The children on site would love getting their photo taken. Everytime any of us tried ot take a photograph of any of the children, three more would quickly jump in the photograph, complete with photo-ready pose.
I was extremely impressed with this girl’s drawing. She was not simply copying the shapes and images she had as examples in the school, she was drawing her unique surroundings. The rice fields and mountains as she saw them.