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From the Field

Rural Health Clinic Project with Justine and Laureanne

Working at the clinic is one of the corner stones for VFV, as it provides health services and training for medical students.New Picture

Justine and Laureanne are medical students from Canada here for nine weeks.

So far, they’ve completed half of that stay, which they celebrated by going to McDonalds.

For these two VFV volunteers, their day starts at 7:15am meeting at the entrance to the Bliss community.

Where they take a jeepney that takes them about an hour away to their destination in Sta.Fe, Leyte.

According to them, some days can be fairly chaotic, having to see around five hundred patients.

Their main activities consist of taking blood pressure from the patients; interact with doctors and nurses, and depending on the situation they aid in vaccinations.New Picture (3)

At one point, they even helped in delivering a baby. As a media intern, I had the experience of joining them during one of their regular days.

This turned out to be quite fun, there was a party organized for the pregnant women in the area as a way to provide support, give information about family planning, make them dance, eat and enjoy themselves.

The two volunteers and I were invited to join in and both of the girls ended up judging a talent contest created for the pregnant women.

Showing that this job isn’t just about taking blood pressures and stitching up patients but also about joining in with the community.New Picture (1)

For them, every day is a new challenge and an opportunity to learn and practice their trade.

We thank you and wish for you to continue with the good work.


Written and Photo Courtesy: Sergio Romo – Media Intern from Chile/Australia

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The Adventure of Teaching English with Kim

Having the opportunity to join Kim in one of her journeys to Mohon Elementary School in Tanauan, Leyte. For her, the Teaching Project is a great opportunity to experience the work of a gifted volunteer as Kim.New Picture (3)

 “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” Brad Henry

Everyday at 6:45am, Kim takes the jeepney outside the arch of the VFV in the Bliss Tacloban.

She seems to have lots of activities for the students, and plans to teach her students how to play hang man, a traditional game from the USA, where she is from.

The ride to the school takes about 30 minutes from the VFV office, locals are always very friendly and they always welcome us with a great smile.

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By the time we arrive, all the kids form in line, to sing the National Anthem of the Philippines.

Unlike the other schools, the kids aren’t wearing uniforms, however they don’t seem to need it for learning.

The class starts on time and as soon as Ms Kim, enters the room all her students respectfully greet and sit in silence.

This shows how much respect the student have for Ms. Kim Damon, encourages the students to learn by using their creativity.

Her main areas are teaching English, improving their pronunciation.New Picture (2)

She spends 90min with the 5th Graders and 90min with the 6th Graders.

According to Kim the project has its challenges as she is used to work with 3rd and 4th Graders.

However as many of our volunteers she has the passion and dedication to overcome any problem that may arise.

Keep up the good work.

Written and Photo Courtesy by:

Sergio Romo – Media Intern from Chile/Australia

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As a media intern I have the opportunity to visit most of the projects around the area. Today I had the culinary experience of joining Lauren on her nutrition project in Lapay, Tanuan, Leyte.

We left the VFV office early in the morning and made our way to the local market. New Picture

The local market has a lot to offer for those who know best when it comes to fresh and tasty products.

Luckily our volunteer Lauren is an expert in inventing innovative flavors and is a gifted chef.

Today’s special includes the following ingredients:

Butternut squash, green beans, sayote, egg plant (1.5kg)

1 kg potatoes                                      3 small bags of mongo beans                  

2 fresh chillies                                    1kg yellow tail fish finely sliced

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Coconut milk from 1 coconut           Coconut meat

3 mangoes                                           Peanut butter 3/4 of a jar

250g of tomato sauce                        Curry powder

3 Garlic                                                4 Onions

1 Ginger                                               Salt and pepper to taste

After the market we had the adventure of riding a motorbike with two other volunteers plus the driver to the school, after a 15min ride that felt more like an hour wereached the nutrition center, where the project supports food for 35 kids everyday.

By the time we enter the school kids were playing with volunteers from other orgNew Picture (2)anizations, which made it easier to sneak to the preparation room, for Lauren to set everything for lunch.


Now that we are ready to start cooking will need to bring a large sauté pan to warm the oil over medium heat.

Add the slices of fish directly to the pan, let it fry for couple of minutes till is well cooked.

Add pieces garlic and ginger until the garlic starts to lightly color, then add all vegetables wedges, mango and potatoes, after mixing all the vegies and the fish add 4 cups of water to steam the potatoes till they start to soften. 

Combine and leave it to settle for 6 minutes, later you can add the tomato sauce

and mix.

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Let it settle for 3 minutes and its done.

It is time to grab a plate and make a line to get some delicious food; additionally the kids get rice, which is cooked, with the help of the children’s mom.

Hygiene is also very important in our volunteering project, this is why very kids has its own toothbrush, and get a cup of water and toothpaste to brush their teeth after the meal.

Lauren is very patient and lines up the toothbrushes for the kids and gives them happy stickers as a reward for being so awesome.


Written and Photo Courtesy by:

Sergio Romo – Media Intern from Chile/Australia

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