The KDF and its humanitarian missions-A A +A
Monday, January 27, 2014
LAST Sunday, while I was attending the holy mass, I’ve heard the priest talk about the Gospel that tells about the walking of Jesus by the Sea of Galilee. Fishermen who saw Him were astonished until their faith was strengthened and soon, they walked with him on the water.
On this modern day, there exists an organization that with their help and benevolence, can make walking possible for those persons with disabilities on their legs or feet. The group’s mission, among with their other activities, is to help others in their medical or social needs.
The group was formed in 1987 with 35 founders who were inspired by then President Corazon Aquino in organizing the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF).
Its chairman of the board is business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan while its current president is Benigno Ricafort or “Tang Benny” to many.
Since it was organized, it has extended help to Kapampangans by providing livelihood trainings, medical missions and other social and health needs of those who belong to the marginalized communities in the province.
Recently, the KDF brought in the province Dr. Penny Bondoc of the Physicians for Peace Group and the University of the East’s Philippine School of Prosthetics And Orthotics Students and experts to measure and cast 30 patients needing prosthetics for their amputated legs from Pampanga and other parts of the region.
The beneficiaries’ lower extremities were measured at the Jose A. Datu Medical Center in Bacolor town under the KDF’s “Walking Free” Program. The same is aimed at making amputees and those with leg disabilities to walk with the provision of prosthetic legs or limbs, depending on the patient’s needs.
One of the aims of the program is to make amputees productive again in the mainstream as their primary problem is their mobility. Some amputees are even looked down by people and others are maltreated.
The KDF has tie-ups with other civic-oriented organizations including those from abroad, making it internationally known for its charity works. It also gets assistance from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office for its other humanitarian missions.
Aside from its “Walking Free” Program, the KDF has conducted harelip and cleft palate operations (operation smile), cataract surgeries, circumcisions, tooth extractions/dental check-ups, x-ray and laboratory activities, etc.
It has distributed canes, wheelchairs, crutches and walkers for those in need of such for their mobility and ease, especially the elderly.
They likewise conduct training programs such as tree propagation, poultry animals-raising, soybean and mushroom, hybrid rice production, other trainings on agriculture and meat-processing that benefited trainees with the skills and know-how for their livelihood.
Indeed, the KDF is one of the most active, civic organizations in the country that aims to help improve the lives of our less fortunate kabalens.
In the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda that hit several provinces in the Visayas, the KDF sourced out for donations in cash for the purchase of GI sheet roofing materials, hammers and nails that were used to build the roofs of houses which were ravaged by the last year’s howler.
The KDF is worthy of being lauded not just by Kapampangans but other Filipinos as well who in one way or the other have benefited from their selfless civic missions.
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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 28, 2014.