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If each of us takes part in caring and sharing, the overwhelming challenge of poverty can be addressed. Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much.

as of October 31, 2014

Dear Partners,

Last November 8, 2013, Supertyphoon Haiyan (Yolanda) left behind a path of destruction on one-third of the Philippines, claiming many lives and causing unimaginable damage in a scale we had not seen before.  This forced everybody to start doing something for the victims, first with a massive wave of relief and then eventually moving into long-term reconstruction.  The resilience of the survivors matched with the heroic response of volunteers and the resources from the global community turned tragedy into a moment of solidarity.  One year after Haiyan, we would like to share the results of the selfless service and persistence of our volunteers:

2,923 houses funded, of which 70% (2,041 units) is already under construction (1,357 units) or completed (684 units).  We expect to start the rest by January 2015.  Our goal is to raise funds and build 3,000 houses more by end of 2015.

3,652 kids eating nutritious meals daily through our “Kusina ng Kalinga” anti-hunger program piloted in Alang-alang, Leyte.  We intend to open 10 more kitchens that will serve 6,000 kids more by year end.  Our goal is to address hunger for 50,000 children by end of 2015.

797 Balangay boats distributed across the fishing communities of the Visayan islands. Our goal is to build 700 boats more by June, 2015.

1.7 Million volunteers for Bayani Challenge 2014 mobilized to bring hope and a clear message of Walang Iwanan in Haiyan-affected areas. We continue to encourage volunteers to sustain these efforts, with the goal of involving 6,000 barangays by June, 2015.

  “Implemented” includes both completed and under construction. 
Download our Detailed Reconstruction Report (by Barangay) in PDF format.

* This summary is based only on funds coursed through the GK Headquarters. Our provincial teams are able to conduct local initiatives that contribute to this program. As a concrete example, the Islands Group, LH Foundation and Team GK Cebu came together for a Roof for Relief Campaign that repaired roofs for 5,477 more houses.

Concretizing Hope

Sharing with you some of the thousands of inspiring stories and insights of those who survived typhoon Haiyan.  Just after two months, we were working closely with survivors in building new GK communities for relocation. 

Kuya Arnel and his wife, Ate Feliza who deferred being awarded a house until all their tent city neighbors receive one, these houses are staging areas for heroism and sacrifice.

Kusina ng Kalinga* (Care Kitchen).  “Hunger ends when caring begins”.  Last August 8, we opened our first-ever Kusina ng Kalinga kitchen that is currently catering to 3,652 public elementary school students in Alang-Alang, Leyte.

Balangay for Fisherfolk. Meet Zaldy from Ajuy, Iloilo, we learned that our boat not only brings food to his family’s table but also carries the dreams he has for his children.

View our Gallery of Completed Villages *Kusina ng Kalinga was co-developed with the Ateneo Center for Educational Development, which is currently implementing the same template for 23,000 kids in Metro Manila. View our Gallery of Balangay Boats

Facing Challenges

Here are some of the challenges our teams faced in the process of rebuilding.


Reconstruction.  There is probably more work involved in receiving donations as in seeking it.  We have to convert resources entrusted to us into outputs, and this requires navigating some factors beyond our control:

Land that is available and suitable for relocation 

Site development


Local Politics.  The work of reconstruction and relocation entail managing the different priorities and preferences of local stakeholders.


Delivery.  The only way to succeed is to work with other including government.  We look to the local government units to provide land/land development, clearances and permits, and help identify potential beneficiaries.  We ask the survivors to give sweat equity and complete their values formation modules.  We also work with Bayani Builders who bring their professional skills with the least cost to complete the construction. 


Media attention.  The media focus on Tacloban (Leyte) and Guiuan (Samar) created an impression that the other areas in the Haiyan corridor were not as devastated.  There were other towns that were just as hard-hit. We had to be deliberate and creative in using social media and word-of-mouth to bring attention to these places.  The flexibility of our partners allowed Gawad Kalinga to reach out to ALL provinces affected by Haiyan especially the remote areas.

Click HERE to see the Summary of Accomplishments per Area

What Lies Ahead

We do have plenty of good things to celebrate about.  After one year, we have made significant headway.  But so much remains to be done.  We continue to find ways and raise the means to create opportunities to help the survivors recover from the calamity.  We are currently working on the following initiatives as we move into another year of building hope for our Haiyan survivors:


Sustainable Livelihood.  We are partnering with various institutions to build human resource and productivity centers in 5 strategic locations along the Haiyan corridor.  These centers will impact on enterprise and skills development for wealth creation, character formation and/or youth leadership by end 2015.


Bringing Light to those in Darkness.  We will utilize green technology and provide solar  powered lamps to 3,500 households, public schools and health centers that will increase household productivity, facilitate better learning and enhance health care services for families in Haiyan-affected areas.


Volunteerism.  We continue to invite volunteers to work with us on an on-going basis to help build homes, refurbish schools, organize communities and engage and create impact on the lives of the 20% poorest families in 20,000 barangays in the next three years. 

Ending Poverty

Haiyan brought to light a striking truth: that the poorest are also the most vulnerable when disasters strike because they live in the danger zones.  Relocating these families into safer areas before disasters happen is the way to adapt to climate change and prevent loss of lives.  Organizing them into empowered communities will build resilience.

GK’s thrust for disaster preparedness is – an anti-poverty campaign. 

We need to bring this to the heart of our national consciousness and together work to #endpoverty for 5 million poor families by 2024.

Thank You for all the support and the encouragement.

Walang iwanan!

Luis Oquiñena
Executive Director
Gawad Kalinga


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