great photos and important information is found here:”Just thirty minutes from the Ateneo Campus, surrounded by the Payatats Dumpsite and other informal settlements, sits GK Molave — a Gawad Kalinga Village adopted by the AAA, born out of the strong demand and desire of the alumni back in 2006 to actively contribute in the building and development of communities.” http://ateneoalumniassociation.com/newsitem?nid=451
Over 100 inspiring photos are linked her. This is a little background information:
It Takes A Village to Raise A Child
by Margarita Romero-Atayde, April 19, 2011
Just thirty minutes from the Ateneo Campus, surrounded by the Payatats Dumpsite and other informal settlements, sits GK Molave — a Gawad Kalinga Village adopted by the AAA, born out of the strong demand and desire of the alumni back in 2006 to actively contribute in the building and development of communities.
As GK’s sole partner in GK Molave, the AAA has been instrumental not just in putting up the physical infrastructures for the 190-home village, but more importantly in empowering the residents to be involved in making their community a better place.
Known in the past for its high crime rate and other problems caused by rival factions in the homeowners association, GK Molave has been transformed into a place where children can thrive and hope for a better future.
Last April 3, 2011, it became clear how far GK Molave has gone in reaching their vision for their community as we witnessed the graduation ceremony of the Sibol Day Care. Sibol is one of the three Child Youth Development (CYD) Programs in the Community, catering to the 4 to 6 year old children. The simple ceremony was a showcase of how the community and its partners worked hand-in-hand to make the day care program possible.
Greeting the guests before the ceremony was Maida Ventura, representative for Batch ’98 and Program Manager for Sibol. A tireless volunteer, she has been responsible for mobilizing resources and people in order to build and sustain the school. Funding for its operations comes from different sources – Parents pay P125 a month for their children to cover expenses on utilities; the Department of Anesthesiology of St. Luke’s pays for the teacher’s salary; the Ateneo Alumni chapter from Northeast, U.S.A. covers for the school’s feeding program; other expenses not covered by these groups are addressed by Maida through donations from herself and her friends.
Busily running around and making arrangements for the ceremony was Nanay Reggie, operations manager for the school and 100% volunteer like Maida. Although she has no children studying in Sibol, she derives joy from feeding the children and seeing them happy.