Water in the Way!
A river separates kids in the village of Tabok from their school and Compassion center. For these sponsored kids, getting to school isn't as easy as a short drive. Until a few years ago, they had to swim across the Wawa River just to get to school.
Safer Than Swimming
To cross the river, now kids board a canoe made from a coconut-tree trunk. Before, students packed extra clothes to change into after swimming across. Swimming was dangerous because of the risk of drowning.
Mary Joy Libante, 13, likes to relax on the boat. Parents of sponsored kids paddle the boat and walk children to school or their Compassion center.
Over the River and Through the Fields
Once all the kids have crossed the river, they laugh and play on their 45-minute walk through three rice fields and a coconut grove, down a rough road, and over a paved highway. Adults help the children get across the highway.
Time to Learn!
At the center, sponsored kids can kick off their shoes and start learning, playing, eating, reading letters from their sponsors, and hearing Bible stories. This makes their journey worth it!