June 16, 2012

New Pants for Street Kid

Same DIRTY street kid, but now he has PANTS! I did not realize it but for at least the past 2 weeks he has been running around in that same dirty over sized shirt… and no pants. I rode up on the street kids 2 […]
March 29, 2013

A lost cause

I rode up to where Josephine and family live. She is the professional beggar with the baby with the double cleft lip and palate. I have known her for 4 years when I first started coming to Catbalogan. She was using her children the beg […]
March 30, 2013

Autistic Child and his puppy

Autistic Child Here is a dog and his boy. The boy is 4 and the size of a 2 1/2 yr old child. he is autistic and can only scream or grunt. But does so with a purpose in mind, not just to make noise. […]
March 30, 2013

First day back in Samar

On my first day in Catbalogan, it was business as usual. 1 pregnant 18 yr old looking for money so she could get an X-ray (Forrest Gump again…..) very rare for an X-ray to be done on a pregnant woman… but she did not know […]
April 21, 2013

Stunted Growth for child

Stunted growth for poor child This is stunted. A medical diagnoses resulting a child that is malnourished and underweight and has diminished mental capacities as well as a smaller brain. If caught before 20 – 24 months, it may be reversible. But not in this […]
March 2, 2014

Samar 2014 Trip

I’ve returned to Samar The runway in Tacloban was intact. But all the buildings were damaged. The very small baggage carousel was still there but the moving top was missing. There are tent cities now and thousands have moved into them while thousands of others […]
March 9, 2014

More Philippine issues

There I was, just minding my own business, up on the hill talking to the squatters when as usual, I had drawn a crowd. In the US, I am usually followed by cats. But here, as there are at any one time, only a hand […]
June 28, 2014

Hearing Impaired Children

In May of 2014, this short video was shot in the last Hearing Impaired class for the city of Catbalogan, the capital of Samar Province, Philippines. The class was given notice that the video was going to be shot and therefore they made an effort […]
October 6, 2014

Watching helplessly as death slowly takes a 4 year old girl

October 5th, 2014. This is an update of the Stunted Girl previously written about and posted here on this site, www.philippinebasicneeds.com . Six months ago, I ‘purchased / leased / rented’ this girl from her parents for a pick axe. Took her in, properly fed […]