November’s massive typhoon in the Philippines left behind much destruction. Gawad Kalinga was there immediately. Now, chairman and founder Tony Meloto shares their success in an interview with Rappler.com: Gawad Kalinga mobilized 1.6 volunteers who helped build 1,200 homes, repaired 339 roofs, and gave 613 boats to fishermen by July 2014. By December, GK’s goal is to rebuild 6,000 homes, repair 1,500 roofs and donate 1,500 boats.
“It’s the greatness of the human spirit that we need to unleash,” Tony said in the interview. “And there’s so much of that. So when we see this great devastation, we also see great opportunities for us to be transcendent above our own needs and just rise together.”
A new article in the Manila Standard talks to Gawad Kalinga and other organizations helping in the Philippines relief efforts. An excerpt:
“’Yolanda caught us off-guard,’ says Gawad Kalinga founder Tony Meloto. ‘But the scale of the problem is nothing compared to the overflow of generosity and heroism, as friends and partners from around the world rally together in bayanihan to help the Filipinos rise again.’
While relief efforts address the immediate need for food and clothes, non-profit organizations like Gawad Kalinga in partnership with TIP have drawn plans to tackle the longer-term need for shelter.
The rebuilding and relief operations are part of Operation Walang Iwanan, GK’s aid effort for Yolanda survivors. Through the program, GK and its partners aim to build an initial 5,000 houses, as well as repair around 1,000 damaged houses.'”
Congratulations to Gawad Kalinga for its incredible relief efforts!
An excerpt from the Philippine Inquirer:
“For his efforts in leading emergency and rehabilitation work in Eastern Visayas following the devastation left behind by Supertyphoon Yolanda, an official of the poverty alleviation group Gawad Kalinga Foundation received an award Tuesday from a group of female editors, columnists and reporters.
Jerome Paler, GK Southern Leyte head, was cited for being an exemplar of volunteerism by the group Women in Media. He and the other awardees were feted at a Pasay City hotel in a ceremony attended by President Aquino.
‘I dedicate this to all the volunteers who helped GK. I’m just [one] face but this (award) will represent all the volunteers who were with me,’ said Paler in an interview with the Inquirer.
He was accompanied in receiving the award by GK founder and 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for community leadership [and Skoll Awardee] Antonio Meloto.”
“Over the past few days, many of you have asked if we can suggest an effective way to contribute to Philippine typhoon relief and recovery. In response, we have concentrated our full team’s efforts on identifying and intensively evaluating candidates for donor support. Because the urgency of the situation does not permit us to employ our customary, protracted diligence process we have actively leveraged third parties in whom we have great confidence to supplement our own work. However, we are still employing our disciplined screening criteria.
We have interacted with other institutional funders, founders of nonprofits in the Philippines, former senior staff of the U.S. Embassy in Manila, and various institutions that evaluate nonprofits. Of course we have also done our own research and analysis to the extent possible.
We recommend that donors support Gawad Kalinga (GK) as their vehicle for assisting in Philippine typhoon relief and rebuilding. read more
Skoll Awardee Gawad Kalinga has set up relief operations in some of the hardest-hit areas of the Philippines. According to The Daily Beast, “With estimates of more than 10,000 dead and terrifying scenes of destruction, typhoon Haiyan has left havoc in its wake in the Philippines. The scale of devastation is now threatening to engulf the amount of resources deployed to control the situation. More than 600,000 people have been displaced, and in one city, Tacloban, the UN is reporting a mass grave with 300 to 500 bodies. Tacloban was hit by waves and winds up to 235 mph. Most of Haiyan’s damage was caused by huge waves, with 70 to 80 percent of structures hit in ruins.”
Gawad Kalinga and its volunteers are passing out “relief packs” as we speak: Family Packs, consisting of rice, milk, kids’ vitamins, canned food and blankets; Rehab Packs, consisting of galvanized corrugated metal roofing and wire, nails, a hammer and saw; and Kitchen Packs containing a casserole dish, frying pan, utensils, plastic pitcher and cups. read more
A new article on Next Billion talks about Gawad Kalinga and its future. An excerpt:
“Gawad Kalinga, now a multi-million dollar Filipino NGO, was founded byAntonio Meloto (“Tito Tony” as he’s also known) to reduce poverty through a geniune network effect. Tony, whose many accolades include Social Entrepreneur of the World – World Entrepreneurship Forum and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, both in 2012, has positioned Gawad Kalinga at the center a vast network connecting local communities to programs and businesses in education, health, environment and productivity. Gawad Kalinga’s goal is ending poverty for 5 million families by 2024.
To meet that mission, the NGO launched GK Productivity to support the early stage social businesses. One of the initiatives born of the at effort is GKonomics, which develops and distributes products and services that include Gawad Kalinga communities in the value chain. The idea is to develop authentically Philippino brands, such as Kawayan Tech, which produces bamboo bikes; and Bayanihan Rentals, which rents affordable tables and chairs for all occasions.”
It’t not often that, in one night, you get up and dance to Annie Lennox singing live, watch two short films about human trafficking and deforestation, and give five standing ovations for social entrepreneurs who are changing the world. But it all happened tonight at the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, and it was magical.
You can watch the video above, and hear our newest Skoll Awardees speak of how this award — a three-year operating grant — will help them serve even more of the poor. There was Antonio Meloto and Jose Luis Oquinena of Gawad Kalinga, who build homes and transform slums in the Phillippines. Arbind Singh of Nidan, who helps garbage collectors, construction workers and other laborers get equal rights. Tim Hanstad of Landesa, who secures land rights for the world’s poor. Jim Taylor and Debbie Aung Din Taylor of Proximity Designs, who work in Myanmar selling affordable water pumps that allow them to grow more crops.
CEO Sally Osberg, master of ceremonies, gave a captivating talk about the parallel between what Daniel Schechtman did to win his Nobel Peace Prize and how “the battle of social entrepreneurs everywhere – is forcing society to reconsider its conception of the very nature of human progress, of how we carry out business, construct and hold our governments accountable, tap and replenish natural resources — how we survive and thrive, together.”
The short film about The Visayan Forum Foundation, showing how they are saving children from human trafficking in the Philippines, caused the audience to give a standing ovation to founder Cecelia Flores-Oebanda and her son, Kip. The film included moving scenes of Cecelia walking onto ships and literally rescuing children before they could be sold.
The end of the night, when Lennox sang and played keyboard to some of her most popular songs, was stunning. We all loved her “riff” at the end, when she mentioned Jeff Skoll and social entrepreneurs. She said she had fun, and it showed. We know we did.
November 29, 2011 – Palo Alto, CA – The Skoll Foundation today announced the 2012 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship.
“Looking at our winners, we are humbled,” said Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the foundation. “Our goal is impact – these are the people pulling it off. They’ve shown not just entrepreneurial vision, but the persistence needed to make lasting change. The four organizations we honor this year offer scalable, proven solutions to some of the world’s most daunting problems. Three of the four are from Asian countries. All are pioneering new grassroots mechanisms that unleash the power of citizen-driven change, a hallmark of true social entrepreneurship.” read more