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We all witnessed the devastation brought about by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last November 8, 2013. As the days progressed to weeks and the weeks into months, it became apparent that the work of reconstruction was just as challenging as surviving the storm surges. 

The destruction was massive and widespread. 

As we share with you GK’s reconstruction work for Yolanda, we also honor many other groups and individuals whose work is no less heroic like our volunteers and workers trying to build meaningful impact in the lives of the survivors. 

It is with this relentless push from volunteers, partners and survivors to inspire greatness that we humbly share with you the gains of GK’s reconstruction campaign.

Eight months since then and thanks to YOUR HELP, GK is now halfway through our target this year for Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) victims. 

The Bayani Challenge from April 9 to June 12, 2014 mobilized OVER ONE MILLION VOLUNTEERS who helped build boats and houses, repaired schools, cleaned up waterways, planted trees and mangroves, conducted medical missions, cared for children and accomplished many more heroic acts of kindness. The widespread presence of volunteers throughout Yolanda areas this summer helped us rebuild faster, and was a powerful way of bringing concrete hope and showing the victims that they are not forgotten, and that we will not leave them behind.  

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We have faced many challenges along the way, but the combined efforts and resources of partners, volunteers, full-time workers and GK residents have allowed us to find innovative solutions and create meaningful impact in the areas hard-hit by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

  • We have raised funds for the reconstruction and repair work of ~3,014 houses, almost double the amount we raised as reported last April 2014. Currently, ~1200 houses are ongoing construction in 8 provinces across the Visayas, over ~700 units of which are in the hard-hit areas of Leyte. The rest of the funded homes are scheduled to start construction by mid-August.

  • We have conducted roof repairs on ~339 houses, and because of the bayanihan spirit in the various communities, we have been able to repair more at less cost. Concentrated in Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo and Negros Occidental, these are various homes (including some previously built GK houses) that have remained upright and continue to be livable as long as roofing is restored.

  • We have built and distributed ~613 GK Balangay boats to fishermen, replacing the “tools of the trade” that were damaged by Yolanda. This helps them get back on their feet by providing a steady income stream and restoring a sense of normalcy in their lives. 


We have also identified and/or secured ~11,671 home lots in 57 towns in 9 provinces. These are in safe zones where we can construct homes and relocate families permanently. With land availability as the single, most complex bottleneck for many reconstruction timelines (not only GK’s), our “land banking” strategy has allowed us to not only build homes faster, but also ensure that the future residents are organized into empowered communities with values formation. But we need YOUR HELP to raise the remaining 3,000 homes (or more!) 

The following are the areas where we are currently building, and the areas that are ready for construction as soon as we are able to raise the necessary resources:

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Help us end hunger and malnutrition for children affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) through Kusina ng Kalinga. Your PHP 3,300 will support a school year-round of food for the hungry, nurturing a caring community and better learning. GIVE NOW.

Help us reach this year's goal of raising 6,000 homes (or more!) for Yolanda victims:

You may also give through BANK DEPOSIT

  • Gawad Kalinga PHP Current Account # 3101 0977 56 BPI EDSA Greenhills
  • Gawad Kalinga US$ Savings Account # 3104 0162 34 BPI EDSA Greenhills (Swift code: BOPIPHMM)


    When giving via bank deposit, please scan the deposit slip or take note of the transaction number and email to with the following details:

  • Name of Donor
  • Date of Deposit, Amount, BPI Branch
  • Indicate the campaign or project you wish to give to
  • Deposits that are unconfirmed or unidentified for one month will be given to the ongoing campaign or to the community where it is needed the most.


    OTHER INFORMATION                       


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    •   Previous Efforts on Disaster Relief •   National Housing Authority •   Xavier School & ERDA
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    •    GK Balangay: The Heart of Starting Over
    •    The New Year: An Invitation to Mission
    •    Where there is darkness, let us be the light
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    •    Operation Walang Iwanan Video Updates
    •    Relief Operations

    Other Rebuilding Plans

    Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) is the third major crisis Philippines has had to face in the last 3 months. It was preceded by an earthquake in Bohol and an armed conflict in Zamboanga, also resulting in a loss of lives and displacement of thousands of families. GK is resolved to include them in the plans and campaigns for rebuilding.

    Previous Efforts on Disaster Relief and Rebuilding

    Every time disasters occur, Gawad Kalinga volunteers and partners respond heroically by sharing resources, organizing relief drives, helping network to others, and even taking part in reconstruction efforts. Read about GK’s most recent disaster response efforts here:
    Bohol Earthquake (October 2013)
    •    Typhoon Maring (August 2013)
    •    Typhoon Pablo (December 2012)
    Habagat (August 2012)
    •    Typhoon Sendong (December 2011)

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