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German Village at GK Bayanihan Dasmariñas Cavite
By: Marlyn G. Importante


On April 20, 2017, the German Ambassador Gordon Kricke, Ateneo former President Rev. Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, S.J, GK Building Communities Head for Luzon Jon Ramos, and GK Cavite Head Edgar Purificacion attended the groundbreaking of the German Village at GK Bayanihan in Dasmariñas, Cavite. Through this partnership among Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Gawad Kalinga and Ateneo de Manila University, 60 families, mostly informal settlers living in danger areas and coming from Cavite will benefit from this project by 2018.



Germany has been known for promoting human rights and is committed to reduce poverty through development programs. As Ambassador Gordon Kricke of Germany mentioned during the groundbreaking of GK Germany Village in Dasmariñas, Cavite, "This is important because it gives hope to 60 families. Good, decent homes and lives are not only for the rich but also for all. It is our basic human right," The land area of the new community is almost 4 hectares.


Picture taken during the groundbreaking ceremony


This project would not have taken place if not for the efforts of Dr. Peter Scheid and the GK Ateneo Team, who now serves as the project manager for all engagements of BMZ with Gawad Kalinga. One of the successful projects that this tripartite partnership has completed is the German Village within GK St. Joseph in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija.


GK Cavite Head- Edgar Purficacion, German Ambassador Gordon Kricke, Ateneo former and President Rev. Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, S.J inspected the build site




GK Cavite Head- Edgar Purficacion, German Ambassador Gordon Kricke and GK Partnership Manager Marlyn Importante explored the GK Bayanihan Community, where the new GK Germany Village is part of




After the groundbreaking ceremony the future residents gathered to share their stories with Ambassador Kricke, Ms. Importante, Mr. Ramos, Mr.Purificacion and Fr. Nebres, SJ..



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Pictures posted with permission from: https://www.facebook.com/tracy.cruz.374/media_set?set=a.10154565003443177.1073742664.594463176&type=3

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