SINGAPORE – Gawad Kalinga (GK) means to give care, and it is an organization founded in the Philippines to provide homes for the homeless, food for the hungry, and education for pre-school children.

It has built over 30,000 homes for the poor in the Philippines.

GK’s founder, Tony Meloto, will be in Singapore on May 8 to share his experiences. Tony grew up with the suffering poor in Ateneo but admitted he later "forgot them" for 32 years, being focused only on "repackaging, and building up myself".

"What needs to be done is to bring sorry to action, to convert regret to reform, to lift apathy to compassion and development," he said.

Tony will speak with Elisea Bebet Gozun (2007 Awardee of the UNEP Champion of the Earth) on Thursday May 6 at Catholic Junior College from 12.00pm-4.30pm. Topics include the fight against poverty, stewardship of the environment and Gawad Kalinga and project trips. For enquiries, contact Tan Hoe Teck (9793 1602, 6252 4083 ext 30) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There will also be evening public lectures themed "Building the Heart of a Nation" sponsored by the Youth Expedition Project from the National Youth Council held at the Singapore Management University (Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium) at Queen Street from 7.30-10.30pm. Lectures are free of charge but priority will be given to those who made prior bookings with Aileen Ong (9618 1735, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Janet Lim (9756 0239, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Visit www.gawadkalinga.org for more information on GK. n

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