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Learning Center in the Gawad Kalinga Village, Ormoc City, Island of Leyte, Philippines

Gawad Kalinga or GK Villages are present in almost every province in the Philippines, spread in over 2,000 organised communities and affecting 60,000 families. There are 16 Area Coordination Teams on ground, going where help is needed the most. The GK housing model has also been adopted in other developing nations like Cambodia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. 

In collaboration with the local Gawad Kalinga organisation in Ormoc City the aim is to construct a Native Narrative Designed Learning Center in the near future.  We are right now seeking funding partners for this project. Total cost for construction including all materials and labour is 20.000 GBP.

The aim is to start construction of a learning center in this village within the spring 2019. 

The learning center can be understood as a “drop-in” after-school facility and a safe environment that motivates the youth in the age of 4-17 to study, play and form an inspired relationship to self directed learning.

Current meeting area for Children and teenagers in the Gawad Kalinga Village. 

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The Gawad Kalinga Village consist of approx. 40 relocated families. All houses are constructed by the families themselves.

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Context

Located in the “Pacific Ring of Fire” the Phillippines is highly vulnerable to typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic activities, floods and tsunamis. The country ranks as the third most disaster-prone country in the world based on the 2015 World Risk Index. Each of the Learning Center Projects are constructed Typhoon and Earthquake resilient.