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PIA Press Release
2008/08/07

Gawad Kalinga to build houses for 65 poor Dumaguete families

by Jennifer Catan-Tilos

Dumaguete City (7 August) -- Some 65 poor families will soon acquire their own houses under the Gawad Kalinga (GK) in a 1.6 hectares lot at Barangay Talay, Dumaguete City.

The GK head, Carlo Borromeo of Negros Oriental said, a philanthropist, Pastor Family who supports the GK program is donating this lot for GK Village development to build house for the homeless which incorporates a productivity area for vegetable farming and tilapia raising.

The GK Village will also establish some facilities which include basketball court, Day Care school, playground, a health clinic, a guest house for the family-beneficiaries.

Borromeo said, 27 Japanese students led by their Professor Nobuhiro Imaizumi have started to build two houses with the assistance by skilled workers and volunteers from Couples for Christ, Singles for Christ, Habitat for Humanity and banarangay officials in Talay yesterday (August 6) in the area. The students have pooled their resources for the materials of the houses.

The Gawad Kalinga (GK) aims to rebuild the country by restoring the dignity of the poor and empowering them to become, once again, productive citizens of the society.

GK is one of the pillars of Couples of Christ aimed t fulfill the community's mission to "bring glad tidings to the poor."

According to GK official, the public and other organizations are invited to participate in nation-building through Gawad Kalinga in whatever form or capacity that is comfortable and attainable for the organization. (PIA/JCT) [top]

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