Last Christmas, the company that I work for, PC&V Communications, Inc. decided to donate three homes to Gwad Kalinga in lieu of christmas gifts to clients and suppliers. This way, our gifts will be more meaningful and would make a difference by improving the living conditions of the three families who will benefit from the company's generosity.
Almost everyone in the company company spent one morning toiling under the sun to help build the homes by carrying and mixing cement, carrying the "panambak" and other construction duties. We had a fantastic time helping the community and meeting them face to face.
Today, the houses are already finished and ready for occupancy. We were invited to attend a simple ceremony as a thanksgiving. The ceremony started with a mass and blessing of the homes.
The mass and blessing was followed by a short backgrounder of the project of Gawad Kalinga in Sitio Pajo, Baesa. How it started and how the communities have bonded together by providing time and labor in building the homes and most all helping each other build a peaceful and clean community.
Each sponsor is introduced to the Sitio Pajo community to have a face-to-face interaction. A short speech is also given by each donor. My speech (as the compamny representative) was a brief history of why we chose to give homes instead of gifts and as well wishes for the families who will inhabit the homes.
Awarding of keys:
These are the families who will live in the homes that our company donated and the staff help build. The lady beside me (in the light blue blouse) is my co-worker, Bambie.
Each home costs P80,000 to build but the security and other intangible benefits of having their own home is priceless.
To donate to Gawad Kalinga, visit their website at http://www.gawadkalinga.org/