The Burma Alumni Program is pleased to announce that funding decisions have recently been finalized Round 2, of the 2011 Small Grants Program. A large number of strong proposals were received and a ten of these will receive grants with support from the Daniel C Clark Memorial Fund as well as external funder Trocaire. In keeping with the Small Grant Program’s objectives, funding priority has been given to proposals from recently graduated alumni from the latest two ERSB classes of 2011 and 2010. Applicants were also offered support and mentoring by the alumni program to develop and fine-tune their project ideas and proposals before final submission to funders.
Ten projects across a range of theme areas will be supported and rolled out for implementation in coming months in locations and communities across the country, where successful applicants are living and working. The projects cover the following key areas:
Developing environmental activists and networks: Projects will train and network a group of young environmental activists from rural communities in Karenni State and equip them with knowledge to implement environmental projects and monitoring in their home communities. In addition, they will develop leadership capabilities as well as knowledge and skills in environment and gender issues among young people in urban and rural areas in Hpa An, Karen State.
Promoting sustainable community livelihoods and resource management: This area encompasses projects delivering and promoting the use of fuel efficient wood stoves as sustainable technology to aid forest resource management in Arakan State and building awareness of harmful environmental practices and training in sustainable agriculture in Pyin Oo Lwin, Kachin State.
Women’s rights and empowerment: Projects will train young women at risk of economic migration and associated exploitation in women’s rights and tools for self empowerment, develop awareness of women’s rights and gender concerns particularly in terms of economic independence for women in grassroots communities in remote Chin state and equip young people with vocational skills training and understanding of CEDAW principles of non-discrimination and equality.
Community social and economic development and vocational skill building: Projects in this area will deliver training, peer support and advocacy against harmful drug use in Myitkyina, Kachin State, develop a network of trainers in Wa literacy and cultural rights to help preserve Wa language in grassroots communities in Wa State and implement vocational support systems to deliver life skills and tools for the economic development of young people in Lashio, Northern Shan State.
Congratulations to each of our successful candidates for the latest round of the program! We look forward to following the successful implementation of these projects and observing the outcomes and benefits they will bring for grassroots communities.