Skoll Awardee Gawad Kalinga just received $5.8 million, or 250 million pesos, to help people in three Philippines cities who were affected by last month’s floods.
San Miguel Corporation donated the money to Gawad Kalinga for the victims of Tropical Storm “Sendong,” and is donating another $5.8 million to Habitat for Humanity. The money will help build more than 5,000 homes. Plus, Gawad Kalinga will help create healthy communities after the homes are built. Gawad transforms slums into peaceful and productive communities. Engaging all sectors of society, mobilizing them to work together to end poverty, the organization is building a global army of volunteers on the ground and online, working with schools, corporations and other organized institutions to mainstream a culture of caring and sharing. Gawad Kalinga means to “give care.”
“This is our way of sharing our blessings from the heart,” San Miguel chairman Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. said. “We want to give our fellow Filipinos hope by providing them the means to start over again. We’re looking at providing livelihood opportunities on top of the houses that we will build for them.”