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Kalinga Weekend in Tarlac Inspires LBF Staff
[Date Created: April 21, 2014]

by Roshelle Jane Jao


For the staff of LifeBank Foundation (LBF), the Kalinga Weekend Activity that took place last March 15-16, 2014 in Gawad Kalinga (GK) Datu Puangco, Tibagan, Tarlac, was just another part of their job. The day was going as planned, until the children from the community of nearby Gawad Kalinga (GK) Sapang Maragul came and surprised them. The kids wanted to surprise the staff as soon as they found out that they will be spending their weekend in a GK site, because they knew that LBF was sponsoring their education.



Everyone was in tears when the kids started singing the Gawad Kalinga song for them. Lola Benia, one of the GK residents from Sapang Maragul, told the LBF staff, “Nagpapasalamat ako dahil napakaswerte ng mga apo kong nakatira sa GK site. Nabiyayaan sila dahil may katulad ninyong taga-LBF na nagsusuporta sa kanilang pag-aaral.” (I am very grateful because my grandchildren who live in the GK site are so lucky. They are very blessed because you from LBF support their education.)

When the activity ended, the participants were very happy and fulfilled. They said they never thought this Kalinga Weekend can inspire them as much as it did. They also realized that the Values Formation sessions LBF and GK are doing really have impact on their lives and the lives of others.

Raymund Estrella, LBF Unit Manager of Tarlac and one of the Kalinga Weekend participants, remarked, “Ako dati nagtatrabaho ako sa LBF na reklamo ng reklamo pero ngayon ititigil ko na ang pagrereklamo dahil yung trabaho ko pala meron ding silbi sa buhay ng mga bata at inaasahan nila kami.” (As LBF staff I used to keep complaining about the challenges of my work, but now I will stop complaining because I know that my work has value in the lives of children – there are kids who are depending on us.)







Gawad Kalinga together with LifeBank Foundation holds values formation activities for LBF’s staff and members. The Kalinga Weekend is a weekend activity for LBF staff that is conducted once a year per area. This is conducted in 50 areas nationwide.

On their own, GK and LBF are both consumed by a relentless passion for the mission of breaking the chains of poverty. In joining hands, they have only grown more emboldened because of the unique strength and confidence that comes from teamwork built on solidarity of spirit. From this place of deep unity, both groups anchor on the conviction that only in working together can we truly stand a chance at ending poverty.

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