At the fifth edition of this summit, Gawad Kalinga showed that all of its efforts remain focused on the pursuit of its goal: eliminating poverty in the Philippines by 2024. This admirable organization is now facing the start of a new era, as Tony Meloto, its founder, has decided to take a step back. Tony del Rosario, a long-standing friend of Gawad Kalinga and currently CEO of Coca-Cola Singapore, will be taking up the baton. We have no doubt that Tony del Rosario will bring the same ambition and fervor to the pursuit of GK’s development, and we wish him every success in this new challenge.
Leave no one behind.
One of the many of initiatives hosted at GK’s Enchanted Farm is the SEED.
Students selected from some of the country’s poorest communities gave emotion-filled presentations of their stories, plans and dreams, on stage. By rebuilding the students’ confidence and believing in their abilities, the SEED mentors draw out incredible potential. The students are keen to prove that they are worthy of the opportunity given to them to build a better future, and are already saying that they want to give back in return for what they have received.
Social entrepreneurship is about freedom.
Every year, more than a million volunteers from the Philippines and around the world help to build GK communities: to date, the association has created more than 2,500 GK villages throughout the country.
Every year, more than 300 students, mainly from the top European schools and universities, lend their services to the Enchanted Farm on a work placement. Often, they extend their stay or return at a later stage.
Unlike their elders, who were motivated by the call of the business world, these students are convinced that entrepreneurship must enable individuals to gain freedom, that the workplace should be a source of opportunities and a place to share values and work for the common good.
PAUL BOCUSE FOUNDATION
Just as we learned the sad news of the death of Paul Bocuse during our stay in Bucatan, we also received confirmation of the next stage in the partnership between the Paul Bocuse Foundation and Gawad Kalinga, launched in the summer of 2017. Two French students were welcomed to the Enchanted Farm’s kitchens in 2017, and two young Filipinos will receive training as of April 2018 at the Paul Bocuse Institute, which has just joined the project. They are ready and raring to go! Thanks to the Paul Bocuse Foundation and to the Paul Bocuse Institute for their commitment to this ambitious project.
See you at the top!
Beneficiaries and partners alike have demonstrated over these three days that, by leaving no-one behind, everyone is a winner.
Poverty is a daily reality for these young Filipinos, but Gawad Kalinga is showing them that they can fight back and become entrepreneurs of hope. This is the miracle of their lives.
They are born poor but will not die poor!