GK Community Infrastructure aims to build brightly painted homes in sustainable communities for the poorest of the poor. Homes and other communal facilities (multiple purpose centers, school buildings, clinics, etc. are built through a combination of skilled paid labor and sweat equity of the GK residents themselves.
WHY WE DO IT
There is an estimated 1.3 billion people living in poverty around the world, many of them living in the streets, railways, riverbanks and sewers. In the Philippines alone, at least 4.5 million Filipinos are homeless, 75% of which are informal settlers in main urban centers, while the rest who live in urban areas live in danger zones and disaster-prone areas, making them vulnerable to landslides and flooding.
Aside from the lack of security of tenure, homeless families are forced to live in a slum environment, exposing them to a variety of serious sanitary and health issues, especially children. They also have to endure either the lack or high cost of basic utilities, high criminality rate, and other negative socio-economic forces that further degrade their dignity as human beings.
GK’s Community Infrastructure Program or CIP seeks to restore dignity by providing shelter and community infrastructures such as multi-purpose halls, health clinics, and Sibol (preschool) buildings where the GK community can begin to live with dignity. GK’s CIP program ensures that families have security of tenure in the communities we build on, and we ensure that these areas are not prone to physical and environmental disasters.
Given the magnitude of the problem and the great number of people that need a home, the program builds with excellence, scale and efficiency so we can help more families in need. If the values formation is the foundation for the GK community, the CIP program is the most visible and palpable physical expression of the transformation of the residents.
HOW WE DO IT
The CIP Team ensures that each site is covered by proper legal documents to ensure that residents have security of tenure. We work with government agencies to make sure that each site is cleared by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to reduce the risk and consequences of natural calamities.
CIP builds the physical platform for the various GK Programs, using a combination of skilled workers and the sweat equity of the GK residents. As we build the homes and other community facilities, we train GK residents to provide sweat equity for the construction so that there is a sense of ownership, and it is one way for them to build relationships since you help build your neighbor’s house. As we build the bayanihan (being a hero to one another) spirit in the community, we also ensure the sustainability of the homes because the families take great efforts to maintain the beauty of their environment since they all worked on it together.
GK Villages and GK Estates
In support of GK’s vision to end poverty in the Philippines by 2024, CIP is building-up an entire business unit to be able to deliver our commitments to partners like you. Aside from building our traditional GK villages of 30-100 homes, CIP has also introduced the GK Estates which are larger communities composed of at least 300 houses in one site to achieve scale and better efficiency. Partners who are looking for areas that can construct faster and for a lower price can now choose the Estates and help GK reach more families faster.
CIP continuously improves its systems and technologies to respond to the dynamic of the work of Gawad Kalinga. While CIP sets the national standards that are adopted by the different GK sites, we also have research and development areas in strategic parts of the country that are constantly testing better and more efficient technologies and construction systems.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
The work of Gawad Kalinga is growing so rapidly, and we need people with passion and expertise in the fields of Engineering (preferably Civil Engineering), Architecture and Construction and Project Management.
Volunteers can be involved in any of the following tasks:
1. Manage the construction of communal infrastructures in specific areas across the country.
2. Train and upgrade the skills our local volunteers in terms of construction, engineering, architecture, project management.
3. Assist in the Research and Development program of CIP thru the documentation of best practices and the development of new technologies and system.
4. Monitor the various projects in the national, regional, and provincial level.
Interested to be part of GK Community Infrastructure Program? Please contact us at: email@example.com.