Thursday, August 16, 2007

Gawad Kalinga

Gawad Kalinga (GK) ( translated in English means to "to give care", and it is an alternative solution to the blatant problem of poverty not just in the Philippines but in the world. GK's vision for the Philippines is a slum-free, squatter-free nation through a simple strategy of providing land for the landless, homes for the homeless, food for the hungry and as a result providing dignity and peace for every Filipino.

There are people in the Triangle area who are active in GK, and for the past few years, the offering plate during Simbang Gabi Masses in December have been designated to building a GK Carolinas village in the Philippines.

So a thought had come to my mind yesterday after Mass. I chatted with Jorge Zaballero, who himself is active in GK. I offered to give an organ recital as a fundraiser for GK. Jorge seemed to think that was a good idea. We'll see where this goes. It would certainly be for an excellent cause. And, it would be a great way for Local Borns like me to contribute to the spirit of Bayanihan in helping out in whatever way I can.

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