The Future is Still Bright
Trip Start Jun 28, 2013
61Trip End Ongoing
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In the last week I attended four graduation ceremonies for the children in Cangumbang. With each ceremony I was reminded of how blessed we all are to be here. Nearly 5 months after the storm, and all of the children were able to graduate on time after completing classes for the year. Five of the children graduated from high school, and will now begin their search for a university course that fits their desired careers. Eight of the children will begin high school in June. Six of the children completed day care, and will move on to kindergarten at the Primary School in Cangumbang. Another handful of children graduated from the primary school, and will now attend classes at the elementary school in Palo.
As I stood amidst the rubble of their schools and each of them walked across the stage with smiling faces, I was reminded of their resiliency. Though they have all experienced their fair share of challenges in their lives I am sure, this last year has truly tested their ability to maintain an optimistic outlook on their futures. Although the past few months have been a trying time for me all the same, I am so thankful to be able to witness their incredible strength, and share these special moments with each of them.
During the last week the construction of the center also began. Within one week the lone damaged wall was demolished and restored. The damaged roof trusses and supports were removed, and almost all the new roofing materials were painted and prepared for installation. In another 10 days the roof could be complete once again.
Just 5 months after the storm, and though there are still many areas of devastation and piles of destruction across the island, I am still shocked by the amount of progress there has truly been. The village of Cangumbang looks entirely different than it did three days after the typhoon, it is a beautiful thing to witness.
By the end of April I hope to reopen the center officially, a day that will surely be more overwhelming than the first.