Chicago Haiyan

November 8, 2013 is no ordinary day. What happened shattered thousands of lives. Super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) may have passed but the traumatic memories of lost lives, displaced families, hunger and devastation will live on in the minds of the Filipinos.

Not being at the calamity scene does not mean we can simply ignore the pains of the afflicted. And GK USA Chicago Team did not turn its back. The caring and sharing mindset gave rise to what the group has accomplished today- yes, 5 years after Yolanda came.

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Kaya Essentials

An intern for GK Europe, Sara Meredith caught the social entrepreneurship bug at the GK Enchanted Farm, the first farm village university. She created Kaya Essentials, a handmade coconut skincare line that has a one-for-one with Kusina ng Kalinga. KNK provides school meals in elementary public schools, feeding over 20,000 children every day.

The GK Enchanted Farm is an incubator for social enterprises and it was Sara’s exposure to other social enterprises that inspired her to start her own. “I saw how Plush and Play embodied the Filipino bayanihan
spirit and it encouraged me to look at how my passion for beauty could help others too.”

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