Our Vision is “A world free of poverty where the spirit of Bayanihan lives.” …… Bayanihan derives from the Filipino root word “bayan” (country or nation); it is the same root in the word “bayani” (hero). Loosely translated, therefore, Bayanihan is the spirit of communality that binds people together. It is this same spirit of […]

Our Mission

Our Mission is ” To inspire heroic action while rising to the challenge of nation-building – one person, one family, one community at a time.” …… Our Objectives are: To support and sustain the Gawad Kalinga movement by raising awareness, sharing expertise, and generating resources. To promote partnerships with other like-minded organizations interested in addressing […]


WE APPRECIATE YOUR CONTRIBUTION ……. Gawad Kalinga is about empowering everyone to join in building holistic communities to end poverty.  We believe that if each of us takes part in caring and sharing, the overwhelming challenges of poverty all over the world can be addressed … one community at a time. Our Guarantee is of […]

Our Founder

“While Gawad Kalinga is about many people, its public face is that of one man: Tony Meloto.” …. Mr. Antonio Meloto or “Tito Tony” to the countless Gawad Kalinga volunteers and community partners was born on January 17, 1950 to a low middle class family in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. At a young age, he was already exposed to the squalid living conditions of the poor, his home being near a shoreline squatter community where poverty was already very pronounced, even in the 1950s. He used to walk to the public school, Rizal Elementary School, where he graduated in 1962 as the Class Valedictorian. He continued his education in Negros Occidental High School, where he graduated in 1966 as the Class Salutatorian and Student Council President. Tito Tony’s natural acumen provided him the opportunity to be an American Field Service scholar, where he was able to repeat his senior high school year in De Anza High School in Richmond, California. But his big break... 

Our Initiatives


GK Hope Ball

Gawad Kalinga USA is honored to be the cause of one of the most inspiring social events of the year – the Philippine GK Hope Ball. This gathering of the most eminent and prominent leaders in continental USA will list who’s who among the FilAms who have had a longing to give back but may not know how. This campaign will also highlight the new breed of Filipinos in America who fuel their love for our beloved Philippines not with words but with action, and not because one is Ilocano... 


Bayani Challenge

2011 … Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines April 4 to 9, 2011 Life is a fulfilling adventure when it involves making life better for others and Gawad Kalinga is an opportunity for all to put words into action.   This year’s annual GK Bayani Challenge will be held from April 4-9, 2011 in Bantayan Island, Cebu. The Bayani Challenge is a week-long build event formatted like a competition. Teams, composed of 15 persons, register and try to finish as much of a house as it can in the... 


GK Health

GK Kalusugan (GK Health) “Building healthy communities towards a poverty-free nation.” Gawad Kalinga believes that every Filipino has the right to good health and ensures that community health care services are delivered to those that need it the most. GK Kalusugan is intended to be a community health program eventually managed and maintained by the GK residents themselves. The program provides health services to GK communities through capacity enhancement, health services...