Ang Aking Kwentong GK

Nagvolunteer ako sa Gawad Kalinga kasi nirekomenda ito ng isa sa mga idol kong propesor. Habang naghahanap na ng trabaho ang mga kabatch ko, naisipan kong magbakasyon muna sa malayong lugar at noong nakita ko yung promo ng Bayani Challenge, naisip ko “uy makapupunta na ko sa ibang lugar, makatutulong pa ko sa kapwa. Pweds to!” kaya pumunta ako na ‘di alam na pagkatapos ng lahat ay 5 shades browner na ang balat ko at magkakaron ako ng mahapding bukas na paltos sa kamay (pero happy).

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Mga Batang Bayani

YOLANDA – Everyone was surprised at the devastation wrought by this typhoon when it hit the Philippines late 2013. From Manila, I felt helpless when I saw how Yolanda swept through the Visayan region and its dreadful aftermath. We were very much aware of the immediate help that came from all over the country and the world to relief the victims with short-term support. As the media exposure subsided, I cannot help but wonder if a sustainable rebuilding plan has been put in place to give those impacted with a fresh new start.

Right before the summer of 2014, I was excited when an opportunity came up for iVolunteer to help Gawad Kalinga recruit volunteers for the Bayani Challenge 2014: Walang Iwanan. It’s the seventh year of the program and focused on helping the Yolanda victims rebuild their homes across 12 provinces, with the help of one million volunteers.

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