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This is the fourth in my series on the Gawad Kalinga build in the Aurora storm area. To put this into context I invite you to look at the previous three shots and read their accompanying notes: (1) Path of a Storm, (2) Bawat Pilipino Bayani, (3) Off to Work We Go.

The workers consist of beneficiary families selected to be awarded homes, families wanting homes, and volunteers from across the region (usually made up of students, and employees of companies that have contributed land or funds).

Each brightly painted (usually in primary colours) GK home costs P50,000 ($1000USD) to build, is 20-25 sq/m in size, and have private toilet and kitchen facilities.

On the day of this photo they were working overtime as they were behind schedule. Politicians and dignitaries were expected to arrive to inspect completed houses. As you can see, that was not going to happen that day.

I spoke to some of the workers. I was told by an elderly woman gathering soil that the main problem was that the majority of the workforce consisted of women and children. I asked her why and was told the obvious, the men had to work, they had to support their familes.

I've been told that construction has since been put back on schedule.

Post-pro: levels, curves, sharpening.

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