This was the young core group of KAAKBAY during its first year from 2001-2002. Some of the volunteers are now working outside the country while most of them are still in the Philippines. Most of them are still actively supporting the cause of the organization which has been the source of strength and strong foundation of the organization.
History of KAAKBAY
The Kapansanan Ay Akibat sa Kaunlaran ng Bayan (KAAKBAY, Inc.) is a non-stock and non-profit organization composed of allied rehabilitation professionals such as Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Special Education Teachers, Nurses and Caregivers who at the prime of their youth decided to volunteer their time and expertise and give back to the community. KAAKBAY was founded in September of 2000 by five physical therapists who were also long-time friends since their high school days at Ateneo de Davao University. Inspired by Ateneo’s motto of being “Men and Women for Others”, they were one in their mission of providing the marginalized differently-abled members of the community access to such services.With the blessing of the parish priest of San Lorenzo Ruiz Church in Talomo, Davao City, KAAKBAY started as the health arm of San Lorenzo Ruiz Socio-Economic Development Foundation, Inc. (SALORSEDFI) which provided the needs of the organization for a year.
KAAKBAY then became an independent organization in September 2001 duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Social Welfare and Development with the assistance and guidance of SALORSEDFI. A few months after its conception, the New Zealand Embassy assisted KAAKBAY with the purchase of basic rehabilitation equipment and a Multicab to support its community-based health services.Through the years, KAAKBAY was faced with a lot of challenges foremost of which is funds to sustain its different programs, it was also forced to relocate to another site as its former location was used by the parish for their activities and more recently the fire that totally razed the Center to ashes.The fire brought the best in each one of us as an organization as it was able to recover from the tragic incident after only ten days through the collective efforts of different organizations, assistance from different individuals and other people who believed in our cause. Three years ago, KAAKBAY’s efforts were not left unnoticed when it was recognized as one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations of the Philippines for its community leadership and public service vision. It also received the highest award given to an organization by the Philippine Physical Therapy Association in 2004 for making the profession accessible to the masses.
On the fateful morning of June 30, 2006, KAAKBAY Rehabilitation Center was razed by fire and lost all its rehabilitation and office equipment acquired in the last six years. The fire started on the first door of the 5-door apartment and the cost of damage was estimated at half a million pesos that was raised through grants and donations from different organizations and individuals. Wheelchair was the only equipment left from the fire which was used to transfer stroke patients outside the building who were undergoing physical therapy. The special kids were very lucky as they were having an activity at the NCCC Mall when fire broke out. With God’s grace, everyone was safe and no one was hurt.