Smiles on, soap in hand, waiting for water.

This post is a written reflection by Ashley Spurlock, Manila, Philippines. 

This is Thrive:  This morning, two friends and I went to an area of Manila called Smokey Mountain. I’ve visited Smokey Mountain before, and each time I go it opens my heart a little more.

Apple? Check. Peanuts? Check.

Today I gave a little boy a bath while his aunt bathed his brother. These boys wear no clothes, they are covered in dirt from head to toe. They have no one to call “mama” and it breaks my heart. What can I do to help these babies?

Splashing around with chicks.

It can be overwhelming because the need is so great. However, sometimes it’s the simple things that can mean so much; an apple, a handful of peanuts, washing little hands with soap and water. They smile, they play, they laugh with their friends. For today, that’s enough. Thankful for this experience.

Thrive will be visiting Smokey Mountain on a weekly basis. If you would like to join us on a delivery, let us know! We’d love to have you!
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