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All Hands Volunteers, Philippines, Project Cagayan de Oro

Meet the Residents, Part I

Resident of Emily Homes: Angry Cat

I’ve talked a lot about volunteers on this blog, the amazing work that they do and the wonderfully crazy people that they are. They are the purpose of this organization and my job is to give as many people as possible the opportunity to help those in need. This doesn’t mean that I’ve forgotten the people we work with and for, the residents of communities around the world struck by natural disaster. One of the most rewarding aspects of life on project is working side-by-side with local residents, making fast friends and getting a unique insight into a place; one that would be very difficult to find as a tourist.

Mud in Angry Cat's neighbourhood

So I introduce to you the first of what I hope to make a continuing series about the people we live and work with – one of the most-loved, if none-too-friendly inhabitants of the community we’ve been mudding since day one, Emily Homes. Meet Angry Cat. Volunteers have marvelled at his continued and unflinching angry-ness, his steely glare, his sullen attitude, in a country where we’ve quickly become used to beaming faces and cheerful dispositions.

Why is he so angry? No one knows. Perhaps he just doesn’t like getting his feet dirty, and if you’ve seen where he lives, you’ll appreciate what a mammoth task it would be to keep your bare feet clean!

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About Jess UK

Fell in love with the crazy, inspiring, all-or-nothing world of disaster response and the wonderfully ridiculous, hard-working people who are drawn to it. Currently working in the Philippines as part of the recovery efforts after Typhoon Washi/Sendong! Want to know more? Check out disasterchasers.wordpress.com.

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