*this was originally written for my column in Sacre Coeur, but my adviser rejected it.
Today, several people think that noble works does not exist anymore, especially in this world of chaos and turmoil. However, this kind of thinking is the one thing that puts our country down. They don’t realize that while they put our nation deeper into the mud, there are people who continuously pull up what others put down. So it is safe to say that they are the modern-day heroes.
These heroes that I’m talking about are the people who still care for the poor, not only financially, but also as a being. They pull all their resources high up just to fulfill their mission in the society. Most of them have done this through Gawad Kalinga (GK).
GK envisions building 700,000 homes in 7,000 communities in 7 years, thus calling the program GK777. This vision does not simply end here in the Philippines. The work continues spreading all over the world.
October 2, Saturday, was the day when GK777 celebrated its first anniversary. An expo, which lasted for two days starting October 1, and a concert, on the night of Saturday, was held to celebrate its success, at the same time raise funds for more houses, for more homes. As Martin Nievera said in the concert, “GK is not about building houses. It’s all about building homes.”
I consider myself so blessed to witness the 10,000 plus people who gathered in the Fort to support the program. It is just so wonderful because not only individuals support this festive event, but also huge corporations like Smart.
How do I know all about these? Because I myself have experienced the amazing joy brought about in supporting GK777. I can say to myself that I helped build the road of the residents of that community, the road where the children will play on, the road where the mothers will fetch their children before dark, the road where the fathers will walk on their way home after they have gone for work. Now, comparing what I have done and what other people have done, what I did was just a small thing, a good start of upbringing social justice in myself. On the other hand, those volunteers, no matter how young or how old they are, who respond to their calling through GK, are so much committed to their service that they offer their whole life in this kind of work.
Soon, if everyone of us unite in helping the lost find their way, in helping the orphan find a home, then this world would be a better place to live in. Indeed, everyone who makes GK777 and other similar programs possible is doing an act of nobility. They are the heroes of our modern world.