What is KBKN?
“Kapit Bisig Kabataan means “Youth Link Arms” in Tagalog. It is a national Filipino American youth and student led relief network built in response to Typhoon Haiyan and future disasters.
Our mission is to support survivors of calamities in the Philippines by raising funds, organizing relief and rehabilitation missions, and advocating for long term solutions to improve disaster preparedness.
Our vision is to unite and empower Filipino youth and students across the US to engage in grassroots relief and long term rehabilitation efforts for communities affected by natural disasters in the Philippines. We advocate for systemic changes that prioritize the protection of people’s lives and livelihood in relationship to their environment.
From July 21st to August 13th, we will be embarking on Kapit Bisig Kabataan (translation: Youth Link Arms) Network’s 2nd Annual Relief & Rebuild Mission Trip. During this 24-day voyage, we will be integrating into the communities of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, where we will be distributing relief supplies, constructing homes, participating in agricultural production, educating school-age children, and providing medical services.
We seek to not only rebuild the areas, but to rebuild our minds, as well. We will be living amongst the indigenous people and completely immersing ourselves in their culture. That’s right, we may not have electricity, air conditioning, or clean water available among other first-world luxuries.”
For more information on Kapit Bisig, which I had the pleasure of learning more about back in March during the Kapit Bisig Spring Mixer which discussed the last trip and the next one.
For more information about Kapit Bisig visit these links below and show our fellow kapwa your support in helping our people.