GK Lorega is a GK community born out of a partnership among the local government of Cebu City, Congressman Raul Del Mar, Action for Nurturing Children headed by Fr. Max Abalos, and Gawad Kalinga. The City of Cebu closed the old cemetery and assigned the land for socialized housing. Congressman del Mar allocated congressional funds for the construction of the mid-rise structure as housing units for the beneficiaries. Fr. Max Abalos donated a substantial amount for construction.
Since the completion of their home, GK Lorega’s residents have been busy making a better lives for themselves. More recently, a Korean chapter of the Rotary Club, District 3630 of Gyeongju, together with the Rotary Club of Cebu West of the Philippines, donated water filtration and storage equipment, giving the families of GK Lorega a means of making a collective living. The resulting cooperative has been selling filtered water to residents of the surrounding area. GK USA’s Boston chapter is working to raise funds for the purchase of a tricycle to allow the collaborative to make deliveries beyond its current (walkable) delivery zone. The motorbike costs about $2,000, while the custom sidecar costs about $750, for a total cost of $2,750.
A local Boston fundraiser event has been set up in coordination with our online fundraising push. If you’re from the Boston area, we hope to see you there! More details here: http://gkconcerts.org/.
Once we reach our goal for the Tricycle Project, we hope to fund the building of a permanent roof to cover GK Lorega’s rooftop, allowing the residents to have a sturdy community center to hold children’s activities, enrichment classes and town hall meetings – rain or shine! We will set up a separate fundraising page for the rooftop project.
To learn more about GK Lorega and their journey out of poverty, click here to watch a video (subtitles): http://www.gk1world.com/disco-hopes
GK Lorega’s water filtration and storage setup is shown below.