Day 1 Intro

Commonwealth Blvd. Very busy street that our hotel is on.  

Commonwealth Blvd. Very busy street that our hotel is on.  

It's only 4 pm here in Manila (1am in Boise), and we've already had a full day (thank God!). Going off whatever sleep we got last night (I got 5 hours), we took a Jeepney to the "Love house," one of the safe houses that Wipe Every Tear facilitates. Our 2 nurse practitioners were conducting physical exams on whichever girls were at the house and not in school. These girls have been rescued from sex trafficking, many have come from bars where multiple girls are employed and sold by the hour. 


I met this little guy last year also! His mom was brand new to the safe house last year.  

I met this little guy last year also! His mom was brand new to the safe house last year.  

I know this is a heavy topic. I wish I had more time to go into all the experiences I have with the girls and going into the bars on my previous trip. 

A crowded kitchen at lunchtime at the Love house.  

A crowded kitchen at lunchtime at the Love house.  

I wonder what this dialysis center is like.  

I wonder what this dialysis center is like.  

We spent some time walking around Quezon City today. Two trips to the pharmacy. To purchase medications, you walk up to the pharmacy tech, and tell him what you want and how many. No prescriptions! Not sure how this works with narcotics... Not all drugs are available, they have some "substitutes" that our team pharmacist approved, sort of. She wasn't familiar with all of the options. 

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I have to remind myself "do NOT flush the toilet paper" every time and I still forget! You have to throw all TP in a trash bin next to the toilet. The Philippines septic system is very delicate. 

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Street food. Not for the faint of stomach.  

Street food. Not for the faint of stomach.  

A bridge over Commonwealth Blvd.  

A bridge over Commonwealth Blvd.  

It's very hot. It's more muggy than Haiti. I had to buy deodorant today since my toiletries are in my missing bag---still missing.  

First thing I did this morning was kill a cockroach that was speeding toward my luggage. He was huge.  

First thing I did this morning was kill a cockroach that was speeding toward my luggage. He was huge.  

Side street off Commonwealth Blvd  

Side street off Commonwealth Blvd  

One of my favs that I met last year. She's been through a lot and remains a fearless fighter.  

One of my favs that I met last year. She's been through a lot and remains a fearless fighter.