Day 3 : We Are Transformed, As We Help Transform
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Breaktime - We ended work to spend more time with the kids
We dropped everything to be with kids
To Be with Kids - and to be Like Kids too
Time to Paint too
Visiting Other GK Villages
GK Saladmasters Pototan, Iloilo
GK Youth Build 2009
Divination that will listen to your boys and girls
Is the sweetest melody the one we haven't heard?
Is it true that perfect love drives out all fear?
The right to be ridiculous is something I hold dear
But change of heart comes slow..." - U2, "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight"
A GK Village is never complete without time with kids. No day with kids is spent without sharing them our time, talent and treasure.
Day 2 was spent learning new games, both from the kids and from the Youth volunteers. It was also spent learning new moves, again from us and also from them. It is the cycle of life.
We are transformed, as we help transform. This is the beauty of a GK build.
This is the beauty of being immersed in a GK village.
It is always 2-way.
Day 3 allowed us to see other GK Villages within Iloilo. We visited the GK Village of Fiesta Filipina which was situated on a hill. Despite the lack of electricity, the beneficiaries, which included aeta indigents were all-smiles in welcoming us. The same can be said with the GK village in Ajuy. With a supportive Mayor, this village stands to be a model village in terms of solidarity between GK, the Local Government and the Kapitbahayan Team composed of CFC members.
The visits provided us perspective on the breadth and depth that Gawad Kalinga has provided to Filipinos. It also opened our eyes that GK is not just in providing houses and transforming lives, but also in bringing the best in Filipinos, the natural goodness of people in sharing what we can and whatever we have.
In Ajuy, as we were leaving, the villagers through a manang rushed to our contingent, gave us a plastic bag of a dozen camoteng kahoy - it could have cost them a day's profits from the market, just "camote" for some of us - but it was from the heart.
Nothing beats that.