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10th Year GK Expo: Stories

Gawad Kalinga is too big a story for one person to tell.

October 2013 marks GK's 10th year, and we want to celebrate it by sharing with the rest of the world the stories that have helped define our work. For us who are already involved, these stories serve as inspiration to stay the course, but for the poor, these fulfill a promise made when we first started: Walang Iwanan!

In the days leading to the Expo, we will be looking back to some of the stories that have defined Gawad Kalinga's 10 years:


Read the full story HERE.

Watch "Disco" HERE.

In Gawad Kalinga’s 10 years, we have seen the restoration of dignity in every slum that we have transformed into peaceful and productive communities. You'll find one such story in GK Lorega, Cebu City, where families have lived in a public cemetery for decades. Watch the video of DISCO and discover what lies at the heart of the work of GK.

BAYANI CHALLENGE 2006: A Race to Rebuild a Nation

Read the full story HERE.

The first Bayani Challenge was born from the heroic response of GK volunteers who helped rebuild the lives of the victims of the tragic mudslide in Ginsaugon, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte.

Since it was first held in 2006, volunteers have looked forward to each year’s Bayani Challenge as their heroic response to whatever continues to threaten the poorest of the poor. More than an event, the Bayani Challenge is a 5-day test of courage, endurance and love for country. As it continues to grow every year, more and more volunteers and nation-builders from all over the world have responded to the GK Bayani Challenge.

LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Compostela Valley

Read the full story HERE.

When Typhoon Pablo struck Compostela Valley last December 2012, they already knew what to do. The GK way and the culture of bayanihan is already so ingrained throughout the province that it was very easy to mobilize volunteers, led by the local government unit (LGU). According to Gov. Arturo Uy, “Nung dumating yung Pablo, di kami nahirapan. Dahil matagal na kaming nag-babayanihan, salamat sa GK.”.

A STORY THAT BUILT A VILLAGE: Crossing the Bridge of Peace

Read the full story HERE.

In San Remigio, Antique, what started as one soldier's story of fighting for peace and caring for the poor eventually led to the birth of the GK Arch Angel Village, a peaceful community for 25 families.


1Lt Jerome P Hernandez, one of the key people in the local partnership between GK and the Philippine Army, wrote a heartfelt story about his fight for peace: GK’s Boy Montelibano shared this story to Archie King, mentioning the valiant efforts of this small team to build a GK village in San Remigio. This inspired Mr. King so much that it led to him giving resources for a village of 25 homes.