Canada okays grants for ‘Yolanda’ programs

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The Canadian government has awarded grants of up to P1 million to seven non-government organizations across the Philippines to enable them to help in the rehabilitation efforts in communities ravaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

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The rehabilitation projects, the Canadian Embassy in Manila said, will run from three to four months. The seven selected NGOs must deliver the assigned tasked funded by Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

“For this year, projects that directly align with Canada’s response to relief and rehabilitation for communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda were strongly considered,” Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines Neil Reeder said.

Akap sa Bata ng mga Guro-Kalinga Philippines will provide psycho-social counselling, intervention sessions and supplemental feeding to 1,250 children in five barangays in Roxas City, which was also affected by the typhoon.

The project will also distribute 1,250 food packs and relief goods to the families of these children.

It also targets the creation of committees where children’s welfare and rights issues will be addressed.

Capiz NGO/PO Network for Enterprise Development, (CapizNED) Inc., according to the Canadian Embassy, established “Pagbuliganay Sa Pagtindog Liwa’t (Together, We Rise),” which will give 200 fisherfolk families food and roofing repair materials and other construction supplies.

The actual repair of the houses will be done by the beneficiary-families with the assistance of the organization’s scholars who are former out-of-school youth.

Process Panay Inc., on the other hand, will provide construction materials to rebuild or repair at least 100 damaged houses of fisherfolk and farmers in nine barangays in the municipalities of Tibiao and Culasi in Antique.

The project will also distribute 50 sets of planting materials to rehabilitate a total of 20 hectares of upland and lowland farms.

Another NGO, the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment Inc., aims to reduce hunger in 400 families in Homonhon Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar by assisting them in livelihood and community recovery.

Motorized boats will be constructed, and vegetable and rice seeds will be distributed.

Balay Rehabilitation Center will contribute in providing life-saving assistance to six communities in Ormoc City and Merida, Leyte. It will provide food and shelter assistance, play and art therapy for children, stress debriefing, and educational and nutritional support.

EngendeRights will train elementary and high school public school teachers and guidance counselors in identifying gender-based violence and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) committed against children, adolescents, young women and young LGBTs and how to properly address such incidents.

Alternative Law Groups’ project will enhance the relationship between local communities, especially the marginalized sectors, and their newly elected local officials by improving their capacity to develop and implement innovative solutions to problems in the areas of human rights protection, resources management, gender equality, and environmental protection using available local processes and institutions.

“We are very pleased to be able to work with the successful applicants to enhance ongoing efforts in rebuilding communities in many parts of the country,” Reeder said.

The Canadian Embassy said a second batch of approved projects will be announced next week.

Canada Fund is a competitive small grants program that provides direct funding assistance to community groups, non-government organizations, people’s organizations and in exceptional cases, international NGOs, and government institutions for small development projects addressing governance, economic, and other social development issues.

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