GIS - August 14, 2012: The Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Ms Mireille Martin, handed over cheques totting up to Rs 3,242,001 to eight Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to fund approved projects under the Special Collaborative Programme for Women and Children in Distress. The event was held yesterday at the seat of the Ministry.
The Special Collaborative Programme for Women and Children in distress, set up in 2009, aims at providing financial support to NGOs, Community Based Organisations and Non-State Actors to implement projects focused on enhancing the livelihoods of women and children in distress and creating opportunities for their integration in the mainstream of development. Some Rs 20 million have been earmarked in the 2012 Budget for the programme. Since January, Rs 10.3 million have already been disbursed for the funding of 16 projects.
In her address for the occasion, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare commended the NGOs for time spent and efforts made to better the life of vulnerable groups. She highlighted the need for enhanced synergy among the ministry, NGOs and other stakeholders to work more effectively and improve the life of children and women in distress.
Minister Martin recalled that the basis for selection of projects under the Special Collaborative Programme for Women and Children in Distress are validity and viability. She stated that though the projects are diverse, they should always remain oriented towards improving the situation of children and women in distress. The projects should make a difference in the life of beneficiaries and be in line with priority areas of the ministry, she added.
The areas of intervention covered by the programme this year include support to children victims of violence, abuse and neglect; welfare (well being/empowerment) of women and children in distress; and assistance and integration of women detainees and their children in society. The NGOs benefitting from the programme comprise Surinam Active Women Association, Groupe Elan, Rose Hill Women Association, Groupement Social de Souillac, Indian Ocean Centre for Education in Human Values, Terre de Paix- Fondation pour l’Enfance, Vedic Social Organisation and Terrain for Interactive Pedagogy through Arts (TIPA).