April 2014

Gawad Kalinga Canada raises $365,500 for Haiyan survivors


Gawad Kalinga Canada has raised $365,000 from the fundraising campaigns it has initiated and held in partnership with businesses and other organizations to help rebuild the lives of the survivors of typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm on record which hit Central Visayas, Philippines on Nov. 8, last year.

According to GKC vice chairman Jose Querubin the amount also includes pledges and individual donations made to GKC.

Plans are now underway for  77 homes that will be built in the towns of Palo and Isabel, in Leyte province, from the initial $340,000 donations raised. Donations amounting to $25,500 turned over during the GKC Donor Appreciation event today will be allocated to the construction of more homes in the province.

Francis Rementilla, GKC board member, said the funds will be used for the construction of 20 homes in Palo and another 37 in Isabel. Documentation on this project is being finalized with GK Philippines. Early in February, the Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians led by Councilor Alex Chiu pledged $70,000 to GKC for the building of 20 homes in Palo. GKC is still in discussions with GK Philippines for another site in Leyte for 20 more homes.

Reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the death toll from typhoon Haiyan has surpassed 6000 with 28,626 reported injured and 2000 still missing. The killer storm has destroyed about US$439 million worth of infrastructure and US$454 million worth of crops and agricultural equipment.

GKC expects construction of the first 20 homes to begin in May for completion in November. Construction of the other 57 units will start as soon as the sites are available and agreements between GK Philippines are finalized.  The Markham project for 20 homes in Palo, Leyte will start immediately when funds are received by GKC.

GKC also participated in the dollar for dollar matching program where the Canadian Government matched $83,500 from individual donations to contribute to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund administered by the government.  

As a non-profit organization, GKC’s mandate is to help build permanent shelters for those in need. Supporting the rehabilitation, relocation and reconstruction efforts of GK Philippines for the survivors of Haiyan is in line with this mandate.

Rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts in the affected areas are ongoing. GKC continues to accept donations and welcomes partnerships with businesses and other organizations who intend to help in the endeavors. For more information please contact Francis Rementilla at francis.rementilla@gk1canada.com or Jose Querubin, at jose.querubin@gk1canada.com.

UPVTC86 partners with GKC in fundraising drive to build 20 houses

The University of the Philippines Visayas -Tacloban College ‘86, in partnership with Gawad Kalinga Canada and GK Philippines, is holding a fundraising drive to build a GK Village comprising 20 houses for the survivors of typhoon Haiyan in Central Visayas, Philippines.

UPVTC86 is appealing to the generosity of those who have something to spare to help in the realization of the project. Donations will go to the purchase of construction materials that will cost Cdn$3,500 for each house. For its part, GK Philippines will provide the sweat equity needed for the construction as well as the properties in Leyte City, Tacloban where the houses will be built.

UPVTC86 aims to help Haiyan survivors beyond “buckets and blankets,” empower them to rebuild their lives and participate in government efforts in decision-making and planning for disaster management and risk reduction. 

The latest report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council showed that about PhP19.5 billion (US$439.1 million) worth of infrastructure and PhP20.2 billion (US$454.9 million) worth of crops and agricultural equipment were destroyed when the super typhoon slammed the Visayas on Nov. 8, last year. The death toll was reported at 6,201, with 28,626 reported injured and 2000 still missing. Meanwhile, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reported that 4 million people have been displaced from their homes while thousands remain homeless.

Donations of $20 or more made to GKC for this project will be issued charitable receipts on the fourth week of January, 2015. The UPVTC86 and GKC partnership is consistent with the GKC mandate to help build permanent shelters in the Philippines for those in dire need. GKC is supporting the rehabilitation, relocation and reconstruction efforts of GK Philippines for typhoon Haiyan survivors.

Please donate today. For donations made through PayPal and credit cards please click the Donate button below:

UPVTC86 is composed of individuals that came together as freshmen of UPVTC in 1986, and later moved to different UP campuses, other universities and abroad but the change did not alter the dynamics and strength of their affiliation and friendship. They are now professionals of different talents and capabilities with homes in different countries. They remain unified in their passion to help others with the goal of promoting mental and moral resilience and are advocates for education, family values, and health and community service.

You may also donate through e-mail transfer:

1. Send the e-mail transfer donation to interac@gk1canada.com

2. Email the following information to interac@gk1canada.com

            > Security code used in the transaction
            > Donor’s name.
               Address (include postal code)
               E-mail address
               Donation receipt required: Yes or No.

For cheques and money orders, please make the donations payable to Gawad Kalinga Canada and mail it together with the attached Form C to:

Gawad Kalinga Canada
2901 Bayview Avenue
PO Box 91052 Bayview Village
Willowdale, ON M2K 2Y6

For more information about this project please send an email to Rebecca Abegonia at rxabeg@gmail.com or call 416-748-3464. Abegonia represents the organizing committee in Canada. Other members of the organizing committee are based in the United States, Singapore and the Philippines.