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end poverty by first restor­ing the dig­nity of the poor.

Mean­ing “to give care” in Filipino, the or­ga­ni­za­tion founded by Meloto is in­volved in nearly 2000 com­mu­ni­ties in the Philip­pines and neigh­bor­ing coun­tries such as In­done­sia, Cam­bo­dia, and Pa­pua new Guinea. The Gawad Kalinga model fos­ters val­ues for­ma­tion, com­mu­nity build­ing, self-suf­fi­ciency, and sus­tain­able lead­er­ship. At the 35-hectare GK en­chanted Farm in Bu­la­can, Meloto en­cour­ages start-ups for so­cial en­trepreneur­ship and so­cial tourism.

She’s a co-con­vener of Bring Back Our Girls in re­sponse to the Boko Haram kid­nap­pings; she also runs the Mur­tala Muhammed Foun­da­tion (named for her fa­ther, the late nige­rian head of state). Gbenga just joined the board of Jazz at lincoln Cen­ter.

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