Thursday, February 28, 2008

Gawad Kalinga at the University of Arizona

“Gawad Kalinga meets the Wild West”
Innovative Community Development and New Philanthropy through Gawad Kalinga

a talk by

International Partnerships Coordinator
Gawad Kalinga and ANCOP -Answering the Cry of the Poor

Gawad Kalinga seeks to build 700,000 homes, in 7,000 communities, in 7 years for the poorest of the poor- the "GK777" project.
Hear Dylan Wilk, once one of England's youngest successful infopreneurs, explain how this is achievable through “bayani, bayanihan, bayan” (heroic action, community mobilization, and nation building).

Tuesday, 4 March 2008
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Rm. 129, Emil J. Haury/Anthropology Bldg.,
The University of Arizona

1009 E. South Campus Drive, Tucson, Arizona 85721-0030

Brought to you by:

Asian Pacific American Student Affairs (APASA), University of Arizona
Filipino American Student Association (FASA), University of Arizona

Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA), University of Arizona

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

The pain of being away/Dylan and Nathan on the Highway of Hope

GK Highway of Hope/ GK1MB Summit in San Diego

I heard from the grapevine that Fil-Ams in the San Diego area are organizing a massive Fil-Am event during Memorial Day weekend, 24-26 May 2008 in San diego. Objectives are:

1. Culmination of the Highway of Hope, a 65-city speaking blitz of Dylan Wilk, Ana Meloto-Wilk, and others on Gawad Kalinga;
2. GK Bayan Summit to be held in San Diego;
3. Day long activities and convergence of various Fil-Am groups to talk, plan, meet up, strategize on projects, proposals, etc. not only on GK, but other activities concerning the Fil-Am community and the Philippines as well.

Lead organizers include big-time San Diego Fil-Am entrepreneurs Tony Olaes and Robert Sanchez. This hopes to be a very good networking opportunity....

Please check out

Here's their write-up:

GK1mB "Highway of Hope" Coming Your Way
Fredy Guevara, GKOMNews USA

Dylan Wilk and Nathan Mari will be braving the elements in the next 3 months, crisscrossing the American landscape, and making stops in well over 60 cities. Dylan estimates they will be covering more than 12,000 miles in the course of the trip. Can you imagine driving to the Philippines and back? This is exactly how much they, Dylan and Nathan, will be driving, starting February 2nd. Scheduled to join them at some point is Patricia Esteves, a distinguished columnist from the Philippines, to document parts of the feat and capture the spirit of the brave endeavor. I'm tired already just thinking of the drive. The trip is also a family affair. Joining Dylan throughout the trip is his lovely wife, Anna Meloto-Wilk and their two daughters.

What motivates people like Dylan and Nathan to do so is like asking what makes GK think it can rebuild a nation, one family at a time, one community at a time. Many of us have immersed ourselves in the work of GK. And many more here in the US have now heard of GK. GK777 is now on the horizon - launched in 2003, to build 700,000 homes , in 7,000 communities, in 7 years. So you ask, "Is that enough?" Others ask "Can it be done?" I ask you from another point of view, "What if no one bothered?"

Dylan makes a distinction of the upcoming road trip themed Highway of Hope, "I don't want to give the impression that Nathan and I are somehow the source of hope because we're clearly not. Neither will the events fulfill the work of themselves and therefore are not the source of hope either. It is important specially that our own teams understand that the "Hope" can only spring from the communities that will be nurtured by them as Nathan and I pass by."

What is GK1mB? Where are Dylan and Nathan going? When will they be around your area? Find out more. Click the "Highway of Hope" link on the ANCOP home page.