ONE CAN see that the tribal members now consider the Latuga couple as part of their tribe. But Lanie herself admits it was not like that at the start. They had to show the tribe members that they were really sincere in their desire to help them. “Napaso na kasi sila ng maraming beses noon (They’ve had many unpleasant experiences in the past),” says Lanie. The tribal members have been disillusioned with various “volunteers” who promised to help improve their living conditions, taking videos of the miserable condition of the tribe to solicit donations locally and abroad. But after these “volunteers” left, they have not heard from them anymore.