Marc Leeming, Brooke Henley, Rachel Jones and religious education co-ordinator Linda Pilton were part of the Anglican Schools Commission’s Reachout Manila pilgrimage. The group worked in displaced communities on the city’s outskirts, teaching religious education, English and maths to all age groups and delivering meals.
‘Pilgrims dealt with extreme heat, humidity, rain, mud and various animals underfoot, demonstrating an amazing capacity for care,’ Ms Pilton said.
‘Residents of each community welcomed us unconditionally and shared language, songs and culture with us.
‘One of the most humbling experiences was to be invited into homes in Payong.
‘While (by our standards) large numbers of people might inhabit a very small dwelling, often made from recycled corrugated iron and pieces of wood cobbled together, the welcome remained generous and sincere.’
Ms Pilton said filled pencil cases from PMACS families, education certificates and hygiene kits were parting gifts.