On Thursday, I transfer the funds for the next week to the children’s home. Thursday afternoon here in the USA, is Friday morning in the Philippines.
We know what the absolute minimum amount of money that is needed every week, and that is the base amount, or what Inday calls the “Daily Needs”. In addition, we know that electricity is due the 23rd of the month.
This week, they ran out of propane for the gas burner, so Inday is fixing the food on the wood burning cooker that I have shown before. So, the funds needed to fill the gas tank will be added. The price varies just like we see at a gas station. It is approximately $25.00 to fill the 20lb tank.
Inday will walk up to the national road and catch a bus to Sindangan. It is around 20-25 minutes to ride. Once she gets to town she will walk around to the various stores. If it is too far, she will catch a tricycle, but mostly she will walk to save money.
When the shopping is done, she will juggle all the bags and packages and head to the bus station for a return trip home. It’s not jumping in and out of a care like you would have in the USA, but for those living that close to absolute poverty it is a way of life.
I would also like to request prayer for Inday, she has come down with a severe chest cold. She is trying to keep ahead of it with hot lemon water.
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