Young Filipino-African Activist Dies of Sudden Illness While Helping the Less-Fortunate
A young Filipino-African activist has passed away due to sudden illness while he was helping the less-fortunate people in Mindoro.
Last August 4, 2020, Amado Khaya Canham Rodriguez, a Filipino-South African activist died while helping and building houses for the poor communities in the Philippines. He died two years after he decided to live in the country.
The 22-year-old man grew up in Oakland, California but had roots in South Africa and the Philippines. He decided to leave the United States at the age of 20 and moved to the Philippines.
Amado spent his time in the Philippines working to build houses for the poorest of the poor. He also extended his stay in the country to directly work with marginalized people. He also set as a good example towards others.
“His Filipino name, ‘Amado’ means beloved, and his South African name, ‘Khaya’ means home. He died doing the work of literally building homes for the poorest of the poor in the Philippines. That was preceded by work of fighting to preserve affordable homes in his city of birth,” they said.
A fundraising campaign through Go Fund Me page has been made to support Amado’s family with the latter’s medical expenses and memorial. The campaign raised over $39,221, the excess amount would go to the communities being supported by the young activist.
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