Dear Friends, Last February, you helped us send love to over 1,600 children in typhoon-torn Cateel (Davao Oriental) through the Love Means Walang Iwanan campaign. Thanks to you, our sustained feeding program helped keep these children in school for 8 weeks, until the end of the previous school year. This coming June, children all over the Philippines will head back to school, excited to begin another year of learning. With your help, we can make sure that 1,500 children in Basilan feel this excitement as well.

When Team GK visited Basilan for the Bayani Challenge and the Highway of Peace last March 2013, we saw how the consequences of past armed conflict prevent the children from fully enjoying their right to quality education. In the municipality of Lantawan for instance, a number of school buildings are in ruins and remain unused.

But as we interacted with the children of Basilan, we also saw that their dreams are no different from the dreams of other Filipino children. They also yearn for a bright future and work hard to get an education, even if it means going to school in a dilapidated classroom or walking 3 hours to another public school in a neighboring barangay.

This coming school year, we invite you to join us in helping the children of Basilan build their dreams.

GIVE Php 1,200 today and you can:

* Help rehabilitate 1 classroom together with other partners, teachers, parents, the local government unit, members of the Armed Forces and volunteers from Gawad Kalinga * Give one child a Walang Iwanan baller ID, encouraging him/her to keep going to school and sending the message that we won’t leave them behind

You are welcome to sponsor as many children as you can, and by passing this message on to your friends, you are sharing with them the opportunity to help bring quality education for the next generation of peace-builders.

To give today, please visit www.gk1world.com/basilan.

Together, we can make sure that in Basilan, no child is left behind.