Capital Life in the Philippines

Beauty for Ashes- Day at the Calajunan (Iloilo City Dump Site)
November 1, 2009, 12:55 pm
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We were told people made a living digging through the trash in the dump.

Philippines001We saw it.

We were told people lived in the dump.

Philippines003We saw them.

We were told the children also work in the dump. Instead of going to school.

Philippines002We saw this, too.

We were told we’d never view plastic and styrofoam the same. We were told the stench would be unbearable. We were told our hearts would break.

All too true.

What we weren’t prepared for was the contagious joy and hope that survives in these dirty and hungry children.


We prepared little bags of food for them. Small tokens, but huge difference-makers to these future world changers.


We were not prepared for the deep attachments we made in only a few hours. But we feel it now. We will never forget these kids or the conditions in which they live. God is using Nate and Abegail Shuck to change their lives. You can learn more about them here.


Now you’ve seen them, too.

What are you going to do about it?

-All photos by Benjamin Myers. I told you, he’s really good!


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Wow. Thanks for sharing so much from this experience with those of us here in the states. You’re things all of you are seeing and experiencing are life changing. We’re praying for you!!!!! Priscilla

Comment by Priscilla Jahanian

Wow…simply heartbreaking, and yet amazing what the Joy of God can look like when we get outside of our “world.” Thank each of you for taking the love and the Kingdom of God, tangibly, to the the “least of these” — which Jesus says amounts to serving Him!

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Comment by Jeffrey

Awesome post and pictures. Thanks for telling the story so powerfully through words and pictures.

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Comment by Priscilla Jahanian

Amazing images. Thanks for sharing them. Peace.

Comment by Carl

wow, that is incredible.

Comment by Ashley

I can’t believe they actually live in the dump! My heart totally breaks for them! I want to be there with you!

Comment by Mary Peel

[…] Aside from learning, we’re also observing. Nate and Abegail Shuck, who I met a little over a year ago, have been focusing their efforts in the Calajunan area. As unbelievable as it may sound, there are people here who live inside of a giant trash dump. A mountain of styrofoam overlooks makeshift homes. Both children and adults mine the dump for recyclables they can turn in for money. (However, there’s a secret about this place we discovered when I visited with my church in 2009.) […]

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God bless each and everyone of you who took or are taking time out of your blessed lives to visit and get to know these people. I will ask the Lord to make the lives of those you are visiting much better. Only He can accomplish this in His own time and way.

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wonderful put up, very informative. I wonder
why the other experts of this sector do not notice this.
You should continue your writing. I am confident, you have a great readers’ base already!

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