LIN Invites Input for Women’s Grants

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LIN Center for Community Development (LIN), a local Non-Profit Organization (NPO), will hold an interactive event on December 15 to promote and protect the welfare of women and girls.

“We want to provide a fun and meaningful way to connect people who feel strongly about the welfare of women and girls,” LIN Deputy Director Pham Truong Son said.

Everyone who attends the Community Grant for Women event will be able to interact and vote on how to award grants to local initiatives for disadvantaged women and girls.

“Everyone is welcome to come and participate,” the LIN Deputy Director and NPO Liaison said.

LIN has invited representatives from the business sector, academia, not-for-profits, government and media to mingle and learn about the projects for women and girls.

During the event, guests will hear presentations by three featured projects and then vote for the project they feel best meets the needs of disadvantaged women and girls.

Each of the three-featured projects will be awarded a grant based on the votes.

The proposed projects include initiatives such as: prevention of violence against women with hearing disability; life skills and personal safety education for disadvantaged girls; and micro-loans to women from poor households.

LIN has raised the funds for the grants from corporations and individuals in the community, which are then matched, Dong-for-Dong, by the Global Fund for Community Foundations, up to VND 150 million.

The grants will help women who suffer from discrimination, violence and gender disparities in access to public services, economic opportunities, and income, LIN Deputy Director Pham Truong Son shared.

Over 150 people attended LIN’s first Community Grant event in December last year, which awarded VND 120 million to two projects helping migrant workers in HCMC.

“The opportunity for all guests to vote for the project that will get funded is a great idea, which I have never seen in any event like this before. It carries a positive meaning and also shows transparency in the selection process,” one guest at last year’s event said.

“We want to offer the people in our community an opportunity to engage in the process of finding solutions to important socio-economic issues,” Son said.

The event will be at RMIT 21 Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 3, from 4pm to 7pm on December 15th 2012.

Media contact: Mr. Pham Truong Son, Deputy Director

Phone: 848-3824-6091

LIN Center for Community Development

71-73-75 Hai Ba Trung, 6th Floor, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Tel: +84-83-824-6091

For more information, please visit: www.LINvn.org.

About the three featured projects:

  • By HCMC Deaf Association: The Association proposes to address domestic violence against women with hearing impairments, by running 180 classes on civil rights, personal safety and personal development, 40% of which would involve direct training. The participants of this project, to be carried out over the course of nine months, would be the Association’s 105 female members, all of whom have suffered family abuse at certain points in their lives. This approach—with an emphasis on education and the individual—is based on the fact that hearing impaired women lack suitable channels to interact with and sense their surrounding environments, making it easy for them feel psychologically isolated and overreact to others. Apart from helping its female members to gain personal development, the Association—through this project—aims to raise awareness among the larger public about disability and domestic violence issues.
  • By Tinh Than Network: The Network’s project for low-income women was planned using its rich experience in micro-lending. Proposed to be implemented in six months, this project would provide small loans to 100 women, train 25 of its core female members in family economics, and organize regular group discussions for 217 women from Binh Thanh District, Go Vap District and District 8, so that they can learn from each other with regard to proactively generating income for their families. One of the Network’s objectives is to make sure that the value of the initial capital/loans would be kept intact at the end of the six-month period, so that they can lend out to new groups afterwards.
  • By Khanh Hoi Social Center for Orphans: The Center’s proposed project aims to prevent teenage pregnancy, unsafe sex and adolescence issues among District 4’s young inhabitants, with a focus on girls, who encounter a poverty of access of information on reproductive health and life skills amidst the District’s increasing social problems. The Center would first organize a picnic for local young women and girls, and through goal-oriented activities, learn about their needs. The next step, over the course of 12 months, would be conducting training based on the studied needs for 90 girls and 40 female guardians. This project would also engage 50 boys in the training sessions so that they can gain solid understanding of gender equality right from an early age.
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