GIS: Funds amounting to some Rs 21.7 million have been made available to 25 eligible Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in 2012 to finance approved projects under the Special Collaborative Programme for Women and Children in Distress. The Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare had to seek an additional fund of around Rs 1.7 million from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to fully enable the implementation of the various projects. Around Rs 20 million was earmarked in the 2012 Budget for the programme.
This was stated by the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Ms Mireille Martin, yesterday at the seat of the Ministry in Port Louis, during a cheque handover ceremony in the context of the Special Collaborative Programme for Women and Children in Distress.
According to Mrs Martin, the increased funding shows the effectiveness and success of the various informative workshops organised by the Ministry to encourage NGOs to seize the opportunity provided by the Special Collaborative Programme for Women and Children in Distress. The objective of the Programme, set up in 2009, is to provide 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. The workshops were held in Women Centres and Social Welfare Centres for NGOs working in the field of women and children 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. Project proposals are screened by a Technical Committee which then makes recommendation to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee in turn approves or rejects the project proposals. Afterwards, approval for disbursement of funds is effected at the level of the Ministry.
At the cheque handover ceremony, nine NGOs received cheques totting up to Rs 7,250,019. The areas of intervention covered by these NGOs under the programme include empowerment and capacity building of women and children in distress, transport facilities for disabled children, training in serigraphy, catering, tailoring, pastry, handicraft and ICT, setting up of nursery care centre for vulnerable children as well as refurbishing of specialised care centres.
The NGOs benefitting from the programme comprise Organisation ST Education de Roche Bois, Mahebourg Espoir Education Centre, SAFIRE (Service D’accompagnement, de Formation et de Rehabilitation de L’Enfant), National Women’s Council, Group Artisana Nassola - A, Association Femme De L’Esperance, Civic Action Team of Pailles, National Women Entrepreneur Council and Association pour les Handicapés de Malherbes.
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