GK USA is pleased to provide a progress update for the project to raise funds for the communities affected by Typhoon Mangkhut last year.
GK USA collected a total of $16,048.80 in donations, from GlobalGiving and other US-based donors. This total was remitted to Gawad Kalinga Philippines, of which $7,500 was used to provide relief in the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut. The rest of the amount, $8,548.80, went towards supporting Gawad Kalinga's farmers' livelihood program for farmers of Barangay Paddaya, Aparri, in Cagayan Province, one of the hardest-hit areas by the typhoon last year.
Last January 14, 2019, Gawad Kalinga distributed financial assistance for the farmers of the barangay. The farmers are the victims of Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) which wreaked havoc in the municipality of Aparri. Most of the residents in the area heavily rely on farming as their means of livelihood. Due to the typhoon, most of their crops and farm materials were devastated. Luckily, through the distribution of financial assistance raised from donations raised on GlobalGiving and other donors in the Philippines, the United States and around the world, the farmers were able to purchase planting materials and have started to plant again.
The funds were used by the farmers to repair irrigation to their fields and purchase new farming equipment and supplies lost in the typhoon. In addition, Gawad Kalinga provided support to families of the farming community, providing ongoing values formation and guidance in setting up a communal garden to help feed the community. Gawad Kalinga provided seeds for eggplant, squash, chili peppers, string beans, water spinach and tomatoes - vegetables commonly used by the families for local dishes.
We thank you for your continued support of this project and the other GK USA and Gawad Kalinga projects on GlobalGiving.
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