The Development Fund supports projects that improve all areas of individual and community life in the Global South. Through the work of MCIC member agencies and their local partners, these projects are part of a long-term development process, rooted in a commitment to empowerment and self-determination for all peoples.
Use of Small Indigenous Drought-Resistant Grains to Mitigate the Adverse Effects of Climate Change
Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre | Country: Zimbabwe | Amount: $6,857 | Funded in 2009/2010
This project, which includes the Use of Small Indigenous Drought-Resistant Grains to Mitigate the Adverse Effects of Climate Change, will assist twenty families that include people with disabilities in Mashonaland, Zimbabwe. Modern farming techniques will be used to plant small grains such as sorghum and rapoko, which will help these families attain food security and contribute to their local economies.
Ecotourism and Conservation in the Tumbes Mangrove National Sanctuary
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) | Country: Peru | Amount: $30,000 | Funded in 2008/2009
This project will enable long-term conservation in the Tumbes National Mangrove Sanctuary. Eco-tourism will bring an alternative economic opportunity that will balance the needs of an impoverished community and a threatened ecosystem.
Helping Marginalized & Vulnerable Populations
| Country: Mexico | Amount: $7,179 | Funded in 2008/2009
This project seeks to reduce the number of migrant youth who, after being detained or deported from the United States, are thrown back into the dangerous streets of Tijuana and exposed to drugs and prostitution.
Maternal Health Project
| Country: Haiti | Amount: $7,252 | Funded in 2008/2009
This project is intended to be part of a broader CIDA-sponsored multi-year project being conducted by International Child Care targeting women of reproductive age in a remote, rural region of Northern Haiti. The goal of the project is to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality by providing an integrated package of pre-natal services to at least 70 percent of pregnant women by the end of the project.
Providing Education and Protection to Children
Save the Children - Canada | Country: Colombia | Amount: $10,939 | Funded in 2008/2009
Providing education and protection to children affected by urban violence in Colombia is part of a three-year CIDA project which addresses the situation of out-of-school children in conflict affected countries. Its goal is to realize the right to quality formal and non-formal education for girls and boys in conflict affected areas in Colombia.
Reducing Domestic Violence Against Children
| Country: El Salvador | Amount: $70,000 | Funded in 2008/2009
This project contributes to the reduction of domestic violence against children (girls and boys) in areas of El Salvador using gender-sensitive approaches.
Reducing Violence Against Children in Honduras
| Country: Honduras | Amount: $40,000 | Funded in 2008/2009
This project contributes to the reduction of domestic violence against children (girls and boys) in areas of Honduras using gender-sensitive approaches.
Strengthening the Local Economy and the Community Cooperative of the Santa Marta Region
United Church of Canada | Country: El Salvador | Amount: $10,085 | Funded in 2008/2009
This project aims to strengthen an integrated community development project and community cooperative in the Santa Marta region by: augmenting its apiary, kitchen garden, and poultry raising activities with 10 families to improve nutrition and income; strengthening the existing cooperative, integrating 100 members; and, assisting the cooperative in defending communal lands threatened by the possible eviction of 62 families.
Sustainable Canola Production in the Peruvian Highlands
Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada | Country: Peru | Amount: $11,275 | Funded in 2008/2009
This project supports production of canola in Peru, as well as the processing of canola into edible oil, bio-fuel and waste by-product feedstuffs for the benefit of one of the poorest and most vulnerable populations in the country. This project benefits 100 farm families for a total of 700 beneficiaries.
Women’s Network Against Violence
| Country: Nicaragua | Amount: $6,928 | Funded in 2008/2009
The women’s movement against violence links grassroots women’s groups throughout Nicaragua. It includes workshops that empower women to stand up to violence against women. Support is also provided to local projects that bring women together.