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Life in the cemetery

Not everyone gets the privilege to be invited into people's homes to hear stories and share a meal. But Paul Jeffrey does. He travels the globe telling stories for The United Methodist Church. In this set, he shares a few photos from his days in Manila working on stories, including one about the Manila North Cemetery. Thousands of poor families live there, dwelling in and between the tombs and mausoleums of the city’s wealthy.

They are often discriminated against, and many of their children don’t go to school because they’re too hungry to study and they’re often called “vampires” by their classmates.

Thanks to support from United Methodist Women, a Philippine NGO provides classroom education–and meals–to kids from the cemetery at a nearby United Methodist Church. 

Here are a few photos of the families whose minds, bodies and spirits are filled by this support.

Manila North Cemetery - Images by Paul Jeffrey

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