Today I encountered my first slum. Pretty incredible. It is hard for me to believe that children grow up there and don’t know anything different. The particular slum that we went to is considered a water slum. All of the “houses” are built over water. gross, stinky, dirty water. Thus the only way to get to this slum is by a bridge. A rickety I-feel-like-I’m-going-to-fall-through bridge. All of the walk ways from house to house are bridges as well. They are made out of scrap wood nailed together in a mosaic type of way. Mosaic is cool, for art, not for solid bridge building.
Along the way we met some pretty incredible people. Lots of children and women. Of course the boleh (boo-lay) “white person” is always fun to see and say hi to. Since I’m the only blonde on the team, I probably stick out the most! The children are full of life and are eager to try out their english on us. We really had a great time just getting to know people and building relationship.
I believe that tomorrow and the rest of the week we will be going to different slums to start building relationships. That is what it is all about here. They want to know that you are genuinely interested in their lives and then find out what you have to say. I’m really excited for doors that will be opened, and to finally be out in more action! Good stuff is going to happen and I can’t wait to tell you about it!
Here is some of the better looking walk ways…
This is Jordan, one of the little boys we met along the way.