Posts Tagged ‘Gawad Kalinga’

Giving From The Heart

It’s that magical time of the year once again and everyone’s so preoccupied with buying Christmas gifts for their family, relatives and friends.  Sometimes, buying gifts that will be appreciated by each one becomes a stressful and daunting task that it diminishes the real value of Christmas and of gift giving.

We all have to remember that giving presents on this holiday season is being done to honour the 3 Wise Men who gave gifts to Baby Jesus when He was born.  As you know, these men gave Jesus not just ordinary gifts but special ones in the form of gold, incense and myrrh.  So if you’ll relate it to our times, we should also make our gifts special for our loved ones.  But are we constrained to just sharing our blessings with our loved ones?  Have we thought of our less fortunate brothers and sisters who need our attention and appreciation too?

This Christmas, why not change some of your gift giving traditions and take a look at charitable, unconditional giving without expecting anything in return?  When you give unconditionally to people in need, you’ll feel a sense of fulfilment that no amount of money can provide.  When you give from the heart and realize how blessed you are, you’ll start to look at your life in a better and more vibrant perspective.  Suddenly, you appreciate all that you have and you want to share these blessings with others who are experiencing poverty in their lives.

So, here is a guide on how to make your Christmas 2011 more meaningful and memorable:

 Send a Noche Buena gift pack to a family in need through World Vision. 

Based on the recent SWS survey, there are 4 million families who are experiencing hunger regularly.  Families live on a Php42.00 budget per day so imagine how can these families prepare for a Christmas Eve meal?  This Christmas, World Vision aims to give Noche Buena gift packs to 34,000 families in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  Your donation of Php1,000 will be able to send 2 gift packs to 2 families in the province of your choice.  To learn more on how to donate to this initiative, you can visit this link:

Organize a Virlanie Christmas Party

Special events can give a smile on the faces of Virlanie’s street children.  These children long for love, care and attention.   You can spend some time with them by organizing a Christmas Party complete with food, games and goodies.  Call your relatives and friends, plan for the big day and celebrate Christmas in a different way.  You can start by getting in touch with Ms. Maren Pascual  via email or call (+632) 8953460.

Be a Champion for Children through Unicef

We know that majority of poor children in the Philippines have limited access to education, healthcare, good nutrition and protection.  If you want to help in changing the future of the Filipino children and let them have a decent and normal life, then be a Champion for Children.  Your Php500 or Php600 regular monthly contribution can either provide education with basic school supplies or medical treatments, respectively.  To know more about this program, click here.

Volunteer and be part of Team GK

If you think that you can help better not by donating funds but by volunteering and giving acts of service, then why not become a part of Team Gawad Kalinga?  By committing at least 4 hours per month, you can directly participate in implementing GK programs and activities, do advocacy work or share your talents and skills. For more information on how to be a volunteer, visit this link:

Better yet, why not start a fund raising project with your friends and relatives and support your own community?

Of course, there are many more ways on how to give from the heart.  The Web has tons to offer! So do that mouse-clicking and searching now to find your best charitable undertaking.

GK’s Labor of Love

By Augusto R. Bundang

(re-printed from Augusto R. Bundang’s Business World column “The Rule of Law”,16 February 2007)

If you’re a Filipino but have not yet heard of “GK,” you may have been too preoccupied with yourself or completely out of touch.  “GK,” of course, is short for “Gawad Kalinga” (roughly, “to give care”), a powerful and dynamic multi-sectoral movement for nation-building that has evolved from a simple initiative by Couples for Christ in 1995 to rehabilitate juvenile gang members and help out-of-school youth in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City.

The movement’s motto, “Less for self, more for others, enough for all,” directly speaks of its vision of a new, united, and strong Philippines where there are no slums, where lives are transformed, and where hope springs eternal.

Its fundamental goal is daunting yet with everybody’s help realistic:  to build 700,000 homes for the country’s poorest of the poor in 7,000 communities in seven years from the years 2003 to 2010.

“GK777,” as it is called, simply means firing up countless Filipinos, both individuals and corporations here and abroad, to empower fellow countrymen in need of an environment where they can live, work, play and contribute to the economy with honor, dignity and pride.

Antonio “Tony” Meloto, the prime mover of GK who was chosen along with the movement itself as among the winners of the 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awards (referred to here as the Asian Nobel Peace Prize), calls this endeavor as social engineering, noting that by providing the poor with a better environment, they become motivated and are able to achieve their dreams.

GK communities to date have already come up with a range of products to exhibit their creativity, heroism and excellence, thereby actualizing GK’s philosophy that the poor, given their talents and motivation, are producers and contributors to nation-building and are not liabilities to the economy.

Called “GKONCEPTS,” the products, which are truly a labor of love, are made by GK beneficiaries with the assistance of caretaker teams through the pro-community and pro-nation enterprises established in GK communities.  They include superbly and delicately handcrafted capiz trash bins and tea lamps, colorful lotus tea light holders, elegant capiz penholders and charming dinner sets in lotus leaf basket cases, unique water lily trash baskets, and quality wine baskets.

Those interested in viewing and eventually getting hold of these fine items may visit, beginning this March, the popular online gift shop .

GK, a proudly Filipino undertaking, has now become a model for development in Indonesia,Papua New Guinea, andCambodia.  GK Villages are also set to be established in East Timor, India,Nicaragua, and Nigeria.

But ultimately, GK is more than just building houses – it is, quite importantly, the building of a better Philippines and a better future for Filipinos, as the lives of both beneficiaries and donors are changed forever in the service of others.