April 4-9, 2011
The aim of Gawad Kalinga Foundation is to build viable and sustainable communities by people with faith and patriotism, driven by a culture of caring and sharing and are dedicated to eradicate poverty and restore human dignity. Their mission is to work together with the rich, the poor, the privileged, the oppressed, the government, Non-government organizations and corporations in ending poverty for 5 million families by 2024. Numerous national and international corporations and organizations are supporting the cause and many of these groups already sponsored Gawad Kalinga Villages.
"The Filipino principle of 'Bayanihan' is very similar to Odd Fellowship. Both aim to teach a culture of caring and sharing. Someday, maybe we can raise funds to sponsor a GK village and name it GK Odd Fellows Village. What is good about this project is it's not about charity. It is beyond that. It's about empowering people and assuring a viable and sustainable development. It is good to see that a number of our brothers and sisters in the lodge are getting good lessons while helping out through this altruistic partnership", said Brother Louie.
"It was indeed a heroic event that is worth the time and effort. We can't wait to participate again next year", said Brother John.
For more information about Gawad Kalinga: http://www.gk1world.com
For more information about the Odd Fellows: http://www.ioof.org
For more information about the Odd Fellows Philippines: http://ioofphilippines.yolasite.com