Ocampo Site

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.

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Ocampo Sibol School
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Handbag Kids– The price of an expensive handbag in the US is greater than the sum cost of a child’s education, clothing, and food in any developing country. So which is more ‘valuable’?
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It’s a melancholy sight to see children having so much fun playing with construction materials.
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Kids playing in the rice fields.
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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.
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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.
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Favorite shoot of the day.
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For all of our meals we would go to the nearby church. I really liked the architecture of the church, the open air environment to adapt to the tropical environment.
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Out of a village of 143 houses, only one house made some kind of livelihood through production of handicrafts.
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She would display her bags and products so they were visible as you walked down the road.
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One of the GK volunteers was shooting a video for GK, this card was one of the props he used.
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