A group of children sat around her on a cracked basketball court, taking shelter from the fierce midday sun in a gazebo that had been erected as a makeshift classroom.
Their lesson that day was about the water cycle—an appropriate subject, I thought, given how many of the slum’s narrow alleyways were still partly flooded from the previous night’s rains.
“It really hurts her that I have ended up like this.”In the heavily Christian society of the Philippines, nonbelievers meet with little respect, and they sometimes become targets of open hostility—as the founder of HAPI knows first-hand.
Marissa Torres Langseth, known as “Miss M” among volunteers, now lives in the United States.
Her decision to “come out” as an atheist devastated her mother.