Jawili School Visit – by Marc Grauberger

A team of eight Mending Faces Outreach volunteers had the privilege of visiting Jawili Integrated School, a private elementary school located several kilometers outside Kalibo and just a few hundred feet from the ocean.

More than three hundred bright smiling faces quickly filled an outdoor covered gymnasium in orderly fashion. An aire of electricity pulsed from the chatting uniform clad and well-behaved student body. Team members interacted with students in various ways, often posing for pictures with the suddenly shy, yet still smiling, students.

The primary purpose of our visit, dental hygiene, was addressed by handing each child a toothbrush, a tube of toothpaste and a coloring book detailing the essential components of good oral hygiene.

Before returning to their classrooms, the children left us with a heartfelt and energized “Thank you Mending Faces” farewell. Our team left the school filled with the energy and smiles bestowed upon us by the future leaders of this remarkable and resilient nation.

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