THE Katipunan ng Magbubukid sa Hacienda Roxas Inc. (Kamahari) was proclaimed winner in the 3rd St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) National Awards held in September at the Adamson University Theater.
The Nasugbu, Batangas-based organization received a special trophy designed by Jun Vicaldo, a Plaque of Honor, and a check worth Php100,000. Adamson University president Fr. Gregg Bañaga Jr., CM and Fr. Venerando Agner, CM, Provincial Visitor of the Congregation of the Mission and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, handed the award to the officers and members of the organization.
Kamahari won over five other nominees for its flagship project known as the Magyaman Water System for the residents of Sitio Magyaman in Barangay Banilad, Nasugbu, Batangas.
Two-hundred thirty households now enjoy safe and potable water as a result of this endeavor. Other programs developed by the organization to help uplift the lives of its members include production loans and block farming for sugarcane farmers; trucking, hauling and tractor services for farmers; savings and livelihood program; and, a movement for ending child labor in the sugar industry.
The St. Vincent de Paul National Awards is named after the founder of the Congregation of the Mission whose members are also known as the Vincentians. It is meant to carry forward his legacy of leadership, service and social justice by recognizing the unity and synergy of people and organizations working together towards the empowerment of poor communities.