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Synchrony: Creating Change for the Poor

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

Big societal changes are happening all over the world. People are fighting for gender equality, racial equality and economic equality, just to name a few, all while facing a global pandemic. These are the times we live in.

Synchrony is a company that is not just moving with the times. It is doing its part in making the world a better and safer place for all of us.

Known as a premier consumer financial services company, Synchrony is building its own Gawad Kalinga village for 20 poor families in Dasmarinas, Cavite. “We are so proud of our partnership with Gawad Kalinga and last year we were happy that we were able to provide a grant to build a GK village, which is super exciting.” said Denise Yap SVP, head of Corporate Citizenship at Synchrony.

She adds, “Our Citizenship platform is called Synchrony Families That Work and it’s all about providing basic needs to low- and moderate-income working families. We focus on hunger relief, homelessness, out of school care for kids, and economic security for families.”

Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, the build had to be postponed. Construction of the homes will resume when it is again safe to do so. Denise adds, “We know that once it is completed, we will have been able to provide affordable and safe housing for many families. And, our employees in the Philippines will be volunteering at the village, to make sure that everyone gets the services and help they need to live more prosperous lives.”

But this setback hasn’t stopped the company from helping in other ways. As the pandemic was hitting the Philippines, Synchrony, who has offices in Alabang and Cebu, gave even more to help with ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts.

Synchrony and the Synchrony Foundation have granted US$50,000 to Gawad Kalinga’s hunger relief efforts and Coronavirus response. This is part of the $5 Million grant they have committed in support of global hunger relief and COVID-19 efforts.

“One of Synchrony’s core values is caring and in these incredible times, it’s more important now than ever for us to care for one another and help one another.” says Denise.

“Corporate responsibility is very important to Synchrony. We feel it is important to give back to the communities where our employees live and work. We know that having healthy and safe communities means everyone can flourish and thrive. It’s important for us to work with organizations like GK who have the same commitment to giving back and same sense of community.”

For many poor children and families, the thought of having a home to call their own seems an impossibility. We at Gawad Kalinga USA could not have found a better partner. With Synchrony employees, other volunteers and the future residents participating in this community effort, we say with certainty: “It is possible”.

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