Just a quick update on the latest SOS donations! With a large number of shoes delivered to Siargao we decided to team up with a local foundation, Gawad Kalinga (http://www.gk1world.com/home) who already have a good network in place. GK is a community development foundation which aims to end poverty in the Philippines. Specifically in Siargao they have built a small community in the town of Del Carmen.
The families involved in the GK project undergo an educational program covering topics like health, food, farming and the environment – teaching some great skills for sustaining a new community. Once the program is complete the family are eligible for a GK house which is also built by fellow families in the community.
A message to SOS from the team leaders of GK:
A raffle was arranged in order to distribute the shoes fairly. Each member of the community had a number and once their number came up they could choose a pair of shoes – you can imagine the anticipation and excitement!
Everyone in the community were very thankful of the donations and not only will the shoes be practical but receiving them definitely made everyone’s day!