As therapists, we witness the immense challenges experienced by persons with disabilities (PWDs). Gawad Kalinga, by building homes for them, demonstrates that their plight is not forgotten. This is featured in the news by Patricia Esteves of Philstar.com.
Sunday, March 9, 2008.
Alex Elinon and Beth de Guzman travel two kilometers daily on their wheelchairs to work in Bahay Pangarap, a rehab center for the disabled cum factory workshop run by the Immaculate Concepcion Sisters in Barangay San Agustin in Novaliches.
They and other disabled people work eight hours a day making woodcrafts and novelty items that are sold to students, earning a daily wage of P165.
Alex and Beth have an even bigger reason to smile these days. At the end of the day, they look forward to going home to their brand new homes in GK Bagong Pag-asa Village in Novaliches built for them by Gawad Kalinga (GK).
“This is a dream come true for us. We’ve long been waiting to own our homes and now it has come true,” said Beth, who was crippled since childhood.
Alex is equally ecstatic about their colorful and spacious new house that is disable-friendly. “Most of us don’t have homes because of poverty. Being disabled, it was difficult to earn a living and our salaries are enough only for the food of our families. Owning a house was a farfetched dream for us. We are indeed very grateful to Gawad Kalinga and the donors,” Alex said.