LEADS Initiatives at GK Los Banos
- By Leads Agri
- February 20, 2017
- Categories: News
Gawad Kalinga (GK) is a Philippine-based movement whose vision is to build a nation empowered by people with faith and patriotism. It aims to end poverty and put together caring and sharing communities. Couples for Christ is the mind behind the GK concept of building homes.
Gawad Kalinga in Los Banos started in February 2007. GK Los Banos Ville, as it is fondly called, is a 1.9 hectare land in Tuntungin-Putho housing 238 families. Most of the indigent families that are now here used to reside along the treacherous PNR railroad tracks and the eastern creeks of Mount Makiling.
Ruben Villareal, the so-called “Grandfather of GK LB Ville” is a good friend and fraternity brother of the President of LEADS Agri. Their brotherhood proved to be of great synergy. LEADS Agri became a big contributor to the development of the community mainly through the building of the LEADS Center and the yearly GK LEADS Agri Scholarship grants.
The LEADS Center, built by LEADS employees themselves, is situated at the highest point of the community. It is a nice quiet place close to nature. It has a viewing deck where the sunrise can be seen. The place has been used to host Couples for Christ meetings, to receive students on retreat, and to accommodate guests. The Center has 4 bedrooms and can accommodate around 10 people. It was primarily built as a livelihood center to host workshops for the ladies of the community. Sewing machines are provided and encouraged to be used.
Every year, 10 slots of LEADS AgriPinoy Scholars are allocated for the GKLB Ville. Word got out and when chance presents itself, aspiring scholars eagerly compete to get freed up slots. An interview with the current scholars revealed how becoming a LEADS scholar has changed them unexpectedly. The kids talked about how important education was for them; their dreams and future hopes. Most of them narrated how their personalities were improved. Their confidence levels were boosted as they are also being trained to become leaders.
The GK scholars involve themselves in initiatives in the community. They tutor kids, they are active in church service, and they are committed to pay it forward.
The GK community is a very heart warming place to be in. We encourage you to visit too! Several projects are still on-going and a helping hand is very much welcome.
Written by: Mara Balayan