April 2011

Eager To Learn And Be Enchanted By The Experience

It is not surprising for students of international development, peace and social justice to be fascinated by new and unique ways of solving the world’s problems. It is not surprising too for them to choose to study Gawad Kalinga as a model for sustainable community development and poverty amelioration. Thus we find six students from the Social Justice and Peace program at King’s University College in London, Ontario excited over their planned trip to the Philippines for a one month immersion in GK villages. The group will be staying at the Enchanted Farm in Angat with visits to Taguig, Bagong Silang and the GK sites in Bulacan. From there they will travel to Negros Occidental where they will stay at the Enchanted Farm in Victorias, with visits to Talisay and the ERH village in Bacolod. These students are in various years of study and hope to learn new approaches to the pursuit of social justice while witnessing the ways in which Filipinos are helping their brothers and sisters overcome social inequality. The group also expects to develop an understanding of Filipino culture and history.

TELUS International Philippines Participates in GK Bayani Challenge 2011

Manila, Philippines - As part of its commitment to build and sustain strong communities, top contact center and outsourcing services provider TELUS International Philippines (TIP) joined this year's Gawad Kalinga (GK) Bayani Challenge, April 4-9 in Bantayan Island, Cebu. This is the first time TIP participated in the Bayani Challenge, although its partnership with GK goes back to 2007.

"Through our long-standing partnership with GK, our team has enjoyed the opportunity to build new homes to support a fresh start for families throughout Manila, said Javier Infante, TIP president. "Joining the GK Bayani Challenge in Cebu this year allowed us to do even more to support this organization's important work of enhancing lives of other people in other parts of the country." Started in 2006, the GK Bayani Challenge is an annual five-day test where teams from a wide range of organizations take on a task that helps create a community and foster friendships among GK partners. This year's challenge, called "Kalinga sa Bayan," aimed to set an example that every Filipino can build a nation by showing acts of volunteerism and bayanihan.