Alumni-Driven Project: Launch of the “Skills and Livelihood Program: Empowering Women and the Youth”, Philippines
In the late February 2017, the facilities of a community-based workshop center for the “Skills and Livelihood Program: Empowering Women and the Youth of Camiguin Province” were inaugurated in the Municipality of Mambajao, Camiguin Province in the Philippines.
The “Skill and Livelihood Program: Empowering Women and the Youth of Camiguin Province” was initiated by Marilou Flores, a Germany-Alumna , and a member of the Germany-Alumni network AUFTRAG , in partnering with the Coalition for Better Education (CBE), of which she is the executive director, and the local NGO Komunidad Sa Baibai.
The project calls for the establishment of a community-based workshop in Mambajao and related capacity development activities for the women of the province. In the middle and long run, the ambition is to empower women in leading income generating activities and to enhance the local economic growth, based on ecotourism and on the sustainable use of local resources. The project thus targets the overall improvement of the quality of life among the poorest sectors of society.
The German Embassy in the Philippines co-funded under its small-scale projects scheme the construction of the livelihood center and the furnishing of its workshop with machinery, equipment, tools and materials.
In this community-based workshop center women will be trained on bead embroidery and on the production of tourist souvenir items using sea glass which is abundantly available on the Camiguin Island shores. This capacity development program will also be implemented at the local Yumbing National High School, leading to a technical and vocational skills certificate. Subsequently the women and students will receive additional training on social entrepreneurship and organizational development in order to provide them with the necessary skills for a sustainable income generation.
More Germany-Alumni from the Philippines, especially from the Alumni network AUFTRAG , will be involved in the implementation of the project and will contribute their expertise to ensure the sustainability of the project especially by supporting the capacity development activities, for instance on technical topics such as technology and process improvement, trade fair participation, buyers, PR and publicity, etc. Thanks to their many connections with government bodies, experts, chambers of commerce, potential buyers, etc., the alumni will moreover play an important role in shaping a sustainable social enterprise by enriching the project with networking activities.
Impressions from the inauguration