Eating with a homeless family of 7 in Cebu, Philippines

Makeshift home in Philippines

family eating in makeshift home
Looking inside it’s hard to imagine 7 people being inside at once. But this family of 7 has managed to do it for the last 6 years and counting. I sat and talked with 3 of the 7 family members. The 3 other siblings were in school and the step father wasn’t there at the time. The biological father was shot and killed a few years ago while working as a food delivery person. The neighbor did most of the talking for the family since they didn’t speak English. After sitting and talking for a while I walked to the store and got some bread, peanut butter, jelly, water and Pringles.
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inside makeshift home

Makeshift home in Philippines

homeless woman eating
Later the neighbor showed me her home. Walking along the street earlier, before I started talking to the family I noticed a ladder against the brick wall leading up to somewhere. I couldn’t quite see what was up there. But I was very interested to see. So when I found out that she lived up there I asked if I could take a look. Sharing a meal with a homeless family
ladder leading up to makeshift home

I had no idea what to expect but what I saw was way more interesting than I imagined. They had a view over looking the busy street, a shaded area to hang out with a hammock to relax, a chicken coop, a bird coop, a duck pen, roosters running around and three very friendly dogs. It was also built over a cemetery. The bodies weren’t there anymore but you could still make out a few tombs when looking down. Filipino girl sings Perfect by Ed Sheeran




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duck pen with ducks


chicken coop


cemetery under house
Tombs under the home
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