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During disasters, Operation Walang Iwanan taps into GK's wide network of volunteers and partners to bring help where it's needed most. Because they are usually on safer ground, GK communities become the first evacuation and distribution centers, with the residents themselves organizing relief distribution around the area. 
                                          
As soon as possible, GK tries to move survivors from temporary shelter to safe and    permanent homes where they can start over Beyong that, the serious work of rebuilding lives by getting the children to school, feeding the hungry, providing livelihood opportunities and building community in spirit continues.
                            

Even before disasters, it is GK's priority to proactively move families from danger zones to safer ground. We also learned that community empowerment and disaster preparedness is critical; the families may be living in sturdy homes, but it is strong community spirit that has proven to be the most important, life-saving aspect of GK's work.
 

WORKING IN THE FRONTLINES OF DISASTER RESPONSE


July 4, 2014
8 months after Yolanda, ~1,539 houses are either ongoing repairs/construction or already completed across the Visayas.
But the work is far from over.

April 9 - Jun 12, 2014
BAYANI CHALLENGE" 1,751,518 volunteers rebuild in disaster-hit provinces and show what it means to leave no one behind.

April 12, 2014
Breaking barriers through bayanihan, the 1st batch of Yolanda survivors move into their new homes in Pago, Tanauan (Leyte), only 5 months after the storm.

February 18, 2014
GK BALANGAY:
100 days after Yolanda, over 100 fisherfolk in Bantayan Island (Cebu) set off to sea with their new boats and new found hope.

December 17, 2013
40 days after Yolanda's wrath, GK builds the first 7 homes in Tambulilid, Ormoc (Leyte), thanks to Globe and Human Nature.

Nov - Dec 201
GK Villages become relief centers, and GK's global family of partners and volunteers brings ~100,000 food packs in ~220 barangays in ~75 towns in 8 provinces.

Nov 8, 2013
SUPERTYPHOON YOLANDA (Haiyan) brings unprecedented devastation to the Visayas, killing over 6,000 and leaving thousands of families to pick up the pieces and fight for survival.

2011 - 2013
8GK Rebuilds in areas affected by Typhoons Sendong (Washi) in 2011 and Pablo (Bopha) in 2012. In 2013, GK responds to Typhoons Maring (Trami), Santi (Sari), the war in Zamboanga, and the earthquake in Bohol.

2008 - 2010
With its partners, GK continues to be at the forefront of disaster response as homes are rebuilt in areas affected by Typhoons Frank (Fengshen) in 2008 and Ondoy (Ketsana) in 2009.

2004 - 2007
KALINGA LUZON and KALINGA LEYTE:
GK pioneers a multi-sectoral template for rescue & rehabilitation with the National Disaster Coordinating Council, DSWD and 200 LGUs in Luzon.

2003 - 2004
The massive landslides in Southern Leyte leave thousands homeless. This marks the start of GK's disaster response and reconstruction efforts as a new community rises from the ruins of tragedy.




Together, we can build 20,000

As of July 4, GK is halfway though the Year 1 (Y1) Yolanda Reconstruction target, with 3,014 houses already funded

True to the bayanihan spirit that built all of theses houses, the new GK communities in Bantayan (Cebu) are now rising with the funding of private corporations like the Manny O Group, matched by the sweat equity of the beneficiary families, the logistical support of the LGUs, the sacrifice of Bayani Builders (some of whom are Typhoon Sendong survivors from Iligan), the perseverance of the GK Caretaker Teams to organize the community, the expertise of schools like University of San Carlos, and the time and energy of volunteers.

In the same way, it is the solidarity of the different secorts that will help us reach 20,000 homes (Y3 Yolanda Reconstruction target) for survivors by end 2016.



 

Skoll's relationship with Gawad Kalinga is built on their long history of impact and also on trust - the trust we have in their proven track record of building strong communities by working effectively with the public, private, and civil society sectors in the Philippines. We knew that the best way to get urgently-needed relief to those whose lives had been shattered by the typhoon was to give GK immediate and unrestricted support.    


SALLY OSBERG

President and CEO
Skoll Foundation


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