You guys are probably wondering what’s Bayanihan? It is the term used here in the Philippines if a lot of people will do some good thing (physical labor) together for a benefit of a family or a member of a family. In Wikipedia Bayanihan describes as is a Filipino term taken from the word bayan, referring to a nation, town or community. The whole term bayanihan refers to a spirit of communal unity or effort to achieve a particular objective.
Right now we at the Martin household together with my brother-in-law and our carpenter, we are teaming up to work on my laundry lady’s house. Pat does not live with us here at the house. She lives not far from us though. I didn’t really know how bad her house was until one day when she came to our house in the morning. Her typical time to arrive at work is 8am. I am always downstairs chatting with my kids and my nieces and nephew drinking coffee. Pat arrived and she was kind of tired. I said immediately that finally it rained and we won’t have so much blackout soon. She said “yeah but we didn’t have much sleep last night.” I immediately said “why?” She told me that they are miserable when it rains here in Davao. I said “why? Is it because your house being near the water and you have a little overflow in there?” She told me No. She explained to me that when it rained the water will leak inside their house through the roof and they have to find some dry corners in the house where they could lay down. She mostly let the kids lay down first. Here in Davao it usually rains during night time. So it is really difficult for them to sleep. My heart really goes out to them.
So when we had an extra tarp from our bodega (storage) that we used before I told her to bring it and make used of it. It helped a little bit. When I finally had a project working with my friend I told my carpenter Jun Jun and my brother-in-law Jun if we have some scrap woods that we are not using I want to give it to Pat. I mentioned that to my friend too and asked him if its okay for him that I will give the stuff that its not in used in his house to give it to Pat. He said okay and happy to do so. Pat really needs it for her house. I told Jun and Jun Jun if they could fix the roof at Pat’s house and they said sure. So one day this week or next week we will go to Pat’s house and work and see what needs to get done. Jun and Jun Jun said that they will work there for free I will just let them have some bottle of coke and Jun Jun will have a few beers. I told them its a deal. We can all help there and rebuild the place of Pat.
A few days ago I’ve been going through our bodega (storage) at the back of our house and trying to get rid of the stuff that we don’t need anymore. My goodness, I didn’t know how much junk was stored in there. So I gave away a lot of stuff to Jun, Jun Jun and Pat. I felt pretty good to give it and it makes our place cleaner. We found we have some wood and tin roofing that we can give to Pat. So at the end she’s really in good shape then to build her house.
I can’t post any pictures until I talk to Pat and ask her if its okay to put some photos here. Not sure if she wants the before pictures. Hopefully she will agree with the after our work though. I will try. The important thing we will work and make her life a little bit easier for them. Also it shows my kids how to help other people in need and they will someday help more people like Pat.