Introducing Gift In Kind PH | Bringing hope to children through education

in philippines •  last year

Our Story so far

It has been awesome that we have been operating for the past 12 years. We have brought hope and built the dreams of kids from 9 different schools all over the country.

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It started with one woman's dream and with her finding like-minded people who were talking about advocacies that they had in university.

Mostly at their early twenties, fresh out of college, doing their first job in a call center based in the Philippines and without any idea on how to run an organization. All they had was the dream to help people get out of poverty in their own small way by sending kids to school so that they can have more options in life.

With a belief that even doing small things they can have an impact on people's lives moved them forward to establish Gift In Kind PH (GIKPH).


Who/What is Gift In Kind PH

Gift in Kind PH is a non-profit charity organization based in Manila, Philippines with the aim to provide school supplies to less fortunate children and help build their dreams and give them an opportunity to be better.

For the past 12 years, we have collected donations and gifts in the form of notebooks, pencils and bond paper and prepared each bag to be used by the kids.

Why is Gift In Kind PH doing this?

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While the education sector remains a top priority of our government national budget, accesibility remains a concern -
Sen. Loren Legarda-Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance. From an interview with Sunstar

It holds true and evident especially in remote ares of the country.

Our founder, Cynthia, saw an opportunity to help out and make a difference in these kids lives and together with several of her office mates planned for their first outreach program. With no support from big companies, the government or any rich philanthropies they pooled together some of their hard earned salaries and bought some school supplies.

Everyone is a volunteer who is passionate about giving something back to the community and helping the less fortunate have a bigger chance of improving their lives.

We just love what we are doing as we see the youth as our hope for a better future for humanity.

When was the first outreach?


Gift in Kind PH's first outreach was held in Rosario Elementary School in Rizal, a province east of Manila, on June 7, 2007.

We gave notebooks, pencils, and some paper but no bags yet since all of the funds came from our own pockets. At the time, most of us were still entry-level personnels.

This outreach program supported 50 children.

Since then we have supported the following Schools

2008 - Batangas Elementary School


2009 -San Manual Elementary School


2010 - Kanlurang Mayao Elementary School


2011 - Daraetan National School

2012 - Balingcaguing Elementary School

2013 - Mag-Sampaloc Elementary School

2014 - Sindol Elementary School

2015 - Banawen Primary School


2016 - Banawen and Daraetan Elementary School


2017 - Banawen Primary School


The Story of Banawen Primary School

2015 was the year that we decided to adopt Banawen Primary School. This was a school that had all of their students part of an indigenous tribe called Aetas

The Aeta (Ayta /ˈaɪtə/ EYE-tə), or Agta, are an indigenous people who live in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of the island of Luzon, the Philippines.

These people are considered to be Negritos, whose skin ranges from dark to very dark brown, and possessing features such as a small stature and frame; hair of a curly to kinky texture and a higher frequency of naturally lighter colour (blondism) relative to the general population, small nose, and dark brown eyes. They are thought to be among the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines, preceding the Austronesian migrations.[1]

This was a school that was a good two-hour truck ride from the nearest town.

You either had the choice to take the high forest road.


Or you can take the low, dried river bed road.


Both have a bumpy and hot ride. These are one of the most trying moments as the pain temporarily often makes people wonder why they volunteer.

Yet when we see the children's smiles and realize their hopes and dreams then we know it is worth all the bumps and the lumps that we receive.

2017 was a momentous year for Gift In Kind PH as this was the year that Banawen Primary School had six children graduated Elementary School and moved up to High School!


We were very proud of this feat and we continue to support these children by sustaining their living allowance in town, where they go to school.

They are given $40 USD (20 SBD) a month as allowance for food, clothing and school supplies. We are hoping that because of the support they will continue to study and eventually move up to college which we plan to support them.

What is Gift In Kind PH plan for 2018

We are embarking on our biggest program yet! We will be supporting 500 kids from two schools: Banawen Primary School and Sagpat Elementary School both schools provide education to Aeta children.

Each child will be receiving a bag with the appropriate school supplies for their grade.

The cost of each bag is at P300 Philippines Pesos ($6 USD) so the estimated budget needed to be raised is at 500 bags multiplied by 300 Pesos = P150,000 Philippines Pesos ($3,000 USD) or 1,500 SBD.

We would also be donating food, medicine and, supplies for the school but that budget is outside of what we are raising for the school supplies of the children.

We will go up Banawen the 2nd week of June 2018 and will distribute the donations and spread some happiness.

Since a member of the organization has been discussing this in Steemit since last year he was able to raise 35 SBD from posts and donations received.

We hope to be able to raise more funds in Steemit as well as from other sources that we have.

Funding has always been a difficult part of the charity program but we are thankful for all the individuals and companies that supported us through their Corporate Social Resposibility programs and the kind hearts of past and present members who continue to give aid.

The plans for the next 5 years.

We hope that the first group of students that we supported have already graduated college and already working.

They might in one of those moments decide with their office mates to do their own little part of alleviating poverty by helping the less fortunate children have a better chance by investing in their studies.

Maybe one of them will pay-it-forward and be inspired to help other people as once in their life Gift in Kind PH was there and gave hope without any expectations of it being returned monetarily or through fame. It was freely given and graciously accepted.

We hope that by the time our first graduates of elementary from Banawen are already in college and we are able to turn over the account @giftinkindph to them so that they can continue the legacy and be self-sufficient in providing funds that they would need to continue supporting Banawen and nearby schools.

Who knows it might become so big especially if the gifteconomy of Steem changes the lives of many in that community that it makes their lives infinitely better.

They save their heritage and culture. They save their songs and stories, their celebrations and events, their dances and handicrafts and to be forever saved in the blockchain.

Such is the dream of @giftinkindph and may we have the opportunity to make it a reality.

All liquid earnings from this post will be given to Gift in Kind PH for use of the charity programs it has. 10% of which will be powered up to Steem to make the account grow stronger and also support other charities in the Steem Blockchain.

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For Peso Fiat Donation you can send to:
Bank of the Philippines Islands to Cynthia A. Arienda with savings account 0479 169 217

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Thank you for the welcome

may I please ask the individuals behind this? do you personal steemit accounts?


Hi Terry I am handling this account and has been a project of mine for 12 years now together with friends. I am the only one in Steemit though.


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Thank you Ankarlie for the warm welcome to us :) We will be sure to ask for help from time to time.


Oh sure I will make myself available. If can help I will. See You around :)

Welcome on Steemit @giftinkindph! What a great initiative you guys have. And the work you all have done is amazing!


Thank you so much Promo-mentors we are believers in the power of a post in Steemit and we may be able to change lives here.

Upvoted and resteemed, because it is a great charity with already tangible results. I hope you keep reaching your future goals and keep making these kids lives better :-)


Yes we have been doing this for the past 11 years and this will be our 12th year of building dreams for children.

Awesome work. I am glad to be a supporter of this project.


Thank you DV and it is awesome what we are trying to do with changing lives for people.

This is so awesome! I definitely want to know more about this project because it sounds like an awesome initiative that you are working on. The next generation is so very important and you are helping out so much. I'm so happy that you shared this post with us :)


Thanks Ivy! We will be showing more stuff in the coming days and of course show our main outreach :)


Can't wait to read more! Very worthwhile project you have started here :)

Hello! This project was brought to my attention by @derangedvisions whom I am sponsoring his photo contest. I am also involved in sponsoring @treeplanter reservation project and finding of yours was an absolute delight. I am definitely up for giving you some of my support through some upvotes and spreading the word forward. I will contact a couple of other bigger accounts that will hopefully share some of their love as well. I am also going to make a post tomorrow to hopefully bring you little more attention. This is definitely a way to go forward. Bravo!!! Tomas


Thank you so much Tomas for the support and for making a post that highlights something that we really care about :)

Very inspiring indeed.
We support this wonderful project.
Welcome to steemit, @giftinkindph!


OMG thank you so much for the 500 SBD you donated!! You are awesome


Whut da?! I think steemit SBD transfer is broken! It always adds extra zeroes! 😱

Upvoted and resteemed, AWESOME work!!!


Thank you FishyCulture and together we will work in getting the Steemm Blockchain in the forefront of humanizing the blockchain.

I absolutely LOVE this!!!!! I'm so happy to be a part of this with you - and I'm so happy that people like you help to make up WW ;)

I love it when generous people get together! hehehehe very very cool.. lives change!


Thank you so much Dreemsteem!! we can do so much good with the platform.


yes we can!!! just willing hearts and the motivation. Love working with you Mav :) It's a cycle of inspiration :)

Hello, giftinkindph! Wish you a very successful journey here in this culturally diversified yet mostly unified community :) Best Regards

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Thank you for the warm welcome :)

It's great to see a project like this here. Can you post/announce something about your Steemit profile in your other social media accounts for verification? Our group is running curation projects and part of our work is to somehow support group and individual projects like this.

Or you can also reply to messages/posts from @deveerei on your Facebook page. Thanks!

If you can prove this account's legitimacy, kindly check on our blog and read the post about supporting projects, you can then fill out our application form so we can somehow support this cause.


Thank you Bayanihan I will contact @deveerei to verify my profile and it would be awesome to have some support :)


Ay sama kame sa Banawen!! Please fill our form para sa documentation na ren.


Thank you I have now filled up the form.


Thank you for the welcome and hopefully we will be able to post more.

Happy to support this!


Thank you Meno it means a lot of us to receive your support.

there is nothing more important than education... good project, wish you the best!


Thank you for your support and we are a believer that education is important for the future of the platform.

Welcome to steemit, @giftinkindph! Thank you for the wonderful things that you do. All the very best! X


Thank you @olaivart maybe we can inspire your art :)


For sure! :) I love compassionate hearts the most!


Indeed and we will support @backtoschool as well as we believe in the good that we can do using the Steem Blockchain.

welcome friend to steemit you can see your great support and good actions for a better social welfare. It is very pleasing to see people fulfill their dreams and enforce others. luck and I hope you do very well here, see you in the trend.

I am a bit inexperienced here but I am sure and full of optimism that I will learn to handle myself here in steemit, I hope to have many friend here to improve.


Thank you for welcoming us :)

Great work, god bless you all.


Thank you for your kind words.

Excellent article, a good start! Welcome to Steemit! I'm glad for new acquaintances and I followed you, I hope you follow me. Good luck to you!


Thank you for the welcome!

You guys are wonderful.
There's this joy that feels your heart after rendering help to some helpless pple. Keep doing what you're doing and your reward is certainly coming.


it is indeed such a wonderful feeling helping these children.

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Thank you Newbieresteemday for this!! we appreciate you resteeming us.


You're welcome!!

wow, this is amazing project; i grateful for all your kindness. i am happy to see that there are a lot of steemians who are kind. GOD BLESS US!


Thank you so much for the kind words and we can all share what we have.

This is a beautiful initiative and I'm totally in support of it.


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This is great! Keep up the good work👍


Thank you so much and we will change the world!

Great! For sure the students were very happy. May God bless us all, especially His instruments in spreading goodness in the world.


Thank you for the wonderful words of encouragement.

welcome friend to steemit you can see your great support and good actions for a better social welfare. It is very pleasing to see people fulfill their dreams and enforce others. luck and I hope you do very well here, see you in the trend.

This project gives HOPE to the filipino community students who lacks of material in their schools. What a great work to you guys. I just hope that you will be able to sustain and still manage to help and continue this project. I believe that there are some private sector in Philippines that might be able to help your project. I salute you guys.


Thank you for the kind words and we are trying our best to help kids :)

Fantastic Job . God allways Bless You


Thank you much appreciated

Good work 🤗


More power! May God bless your good deeds!


Thank you we aim to help

Welcome to steemit, @giftinkindph! Thank you for the wonderful things that you do. All the very best!


Thank you for the welcome

wow you are all amazing! Upvoted and resteemed! Your cause is genuine and helpful to the Filipinos! From now on, I will root and support whatever power I have to promote your org! :D


Hey thanks for the kind words and for the support!

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