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COMMUNITIES IN AGUSAN DEL NORTE

GK Abilan
GK COMMUNITY
Butuan City, Agusan del Norte
The families living in GK Abilan used to be informal settlers living along the coastal area in Brgy. 9, Buenavista, commonly known as “PASIL” by the town folks. Most of them depend on coastal resources for their livelihood. The place where they used to live was considered a danger zone. Water rises to high level during the rainy season that most of the families have to leave their houses and take refuge from the nearby barangay government centers. There were even incidents of drowning when water rose fast. Some of them came from the upper barrios of the municipality and transferred to the coastal area because they don’t have their own land to till.  But their way of life changed when GK came and brought them to GK Abilan. Fathers are now at ease leaving their families at home when they work because they now live in a safer environment. Mothers are now more productive, they use their extra time in taking care of their backyard gardens and weaving local baskets as their livelihood. Children participate more in school and other CYD activities. The Kapitbahayan is organized already and many of them participate actively in the different programs implemented in the community. Indeed, GK Abilan is one of the most inspiring community in Agusan del Norte.  GK Abilan has a KB Sari-sari Store run by the Kapitbahayan members. They take charge of the whole store management which includes purchasing and selling of goods.  And the KB store is supervised by the community organizer. Members are now able to know how to post amounts in sales journals, how to make liquidation of purchases and other basic financial reports. They are happy and satisfied for they learn how to run a small business already with their own efforts. This community came to reality through the efforts and partnership with the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte, LGU Buenavista and Gawad Kalinga. The partners who funded the houses were Eastern Seas, the Butuanon community in Norway, Butuan Doctors' College and Hospital, and the SFC from San Francisco Peninsula, USA. The Department of Agriculture also supported the community in their Bayan-Anihan program.  And currently, the Life Bank Foundation has sponsored a Sibol Learning Center for the pre-school age children and in September of this year the children can already enjoy the benefits of a new school with complete amneties and facilities.

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