A Timeline to Timelessness
1995: Hope Begins
Couples for Christ initiated its work with the poor in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, the biggest slum in Metro Manila. The first youth camp for juvenile delinquents changed the lives of 127 gang members, the first seeds of the work that would eventually be called Gawad Kalinga.
1996 to 1999: Sacrifice and Perseverance
Social engineering began in Bagong Silang by providing training and education for gang members, and working with their families in beautifying community areas. The very first GK house was built for the Adduru family.
2000:Setting the Foundations
Gawad Kalinga Awards was launched, and 11 teams pioneered the first GK villages outside of Bagong Silang. Programs for shelter, child and youth development and health programs were started.
2002:First Major Partner
Inspired by the commitment of Singles for Christ members who raised funds and built 16 GK homes in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippine President Gloria Arroyo allocated P30 million to build 1,000 GK homes. This was matched by local areas, and allowed GK to be replicated in key areas throughout the country.
2003: The Nation Responds
GK777, the vision of building 700,000 homes in 7,000 communities in 7 years was launched on October 4, 2003 at the first GK Expo in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Former President Corazon Aquino declared that "GK is People Power," and rallied all sectors of society to engage with GK.
2004: The Tipping Point
Fr. Bienvenido Nebres champions GK in Ateneo. GK is able to bring both private and public sector to embrace the vision of a slum-free Philippines. Rival corporations and politicians rise above divisions and work together to transform communities.. GK in Indonesia began with an education program for the youth in Jakarta.
2005: GK Becomes a Nation-Building Movement
GK partnered with the National Disaster Coordinating Council, Department of Social Welfare and Development and 200 LGUs and launched a massive campaign to provide free land and build communities for typhoon victims. Through Kalinga Luzon and Kalinga Leyte, GK pioneered a template for rescue and rehabilitation of communities built by volunteers. The 1st GK Highway of Peace began and the first Muslim GK village was built in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao. The first GK house in Papua New Guinea was built at Gerehu Stage 6.
2006: Seeds of Sustainability
GK Bayan-anihan was started, seeking to restore productivity to the land and food sufficiency for GK residents. GK Mabuhay began to renew Filipino culture on the ground while transforming GK communities into tourist destinations. GK and Tony Meloto received the Community Leadership award from Ramon Magsaysay Foundation, Asia’s Nobel Peace Prize. Canadian government poured financial support to fund more GK villages.
2007: GK Expands Overseas
Singaporean President S.R. Nathan launched their feeding program on February 14 at GK Baseco, Tondo, Manila. GK Rafaella village in Phnom Penh, Cambodia was turned over to its local residents. British Minister of State Dr. Kim Howells visited GK Pinagsama and noted that the world was seeing “a new renaissance of the Filipino.”
2008: The Science and System Supports the GK Spirit
The Gawad Kalinga Builders Institute, the think tank, training arm, and learning center was started. African nationals visited the Philippines with plans to adopt GK in South Africa. GK advocates Dylan Wilk and Nathan Mari along with their families drove 22,000 miles across America to spread the work of GK.
2009: Global Model for Poverty Alleviation
Gawad Kalinga launched GK2024, a 21-year vision which provides the roadmap towards a First World Philippines. The emerging Asian model for development is unveiled to the world at the first GK Global Summit in Boston, with friends from India and Columbia in attendance to see how this Asian model for development can be adopted to end poverty in other developing nations in the world.