Everyday, They Cross This River To Get To School

Children Of The River

Diane is one of the thirty children who walks 7 kilometers to school everyday. She is the youngest of the group to cross the Salog river three times, taking them 2 hours to get there. The local government has proposed a bridge, but the village elders fear this opens doors for migrants to exploit the land. Logging and mining will bring income but destroy the almost denuded forest. The Matigsalog, an Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines holds the forest sacred for this is their altar for praying to their ancestors, the source of their food, shelter and medicine.