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.
Construction of El Shaddai Community Centre
EMAS Canada | Country: Haiti | Amount: $12,041 | Funded in 2012/2013
Through the Construction of El Shaddai Community Centre, Haitians are learning how to build better than before. In addition to the construction of much needed safe buildings, this project is teaching workers hurricane and earthquake resistant construction techniques and the quality and quantity of materials needed to build better buildings. This educational construction project is also providing employment and economic stimulus to the neighbourhood through the purchase of construction materials. All of the work is being done by Haitians.
Developing Local Women’s Agri-Businesses in the Volta Region of Ghana
Crossroads International | Country: Ghana | Amount: $2,835 | Funded in 2012/2013
This project is Developing Local Women’s Agri-Businesses in the Volta Region of Ghana and empowering women members of two agri-businesses producing gari, derived from the local cassava plant, and oil derived from the local palm fruit. The project will help the women improve production through access to land, improved business practices and environmentally friendly techniques, and access to a new market niche in local school boards.
Education is Our Future
Canadian Humanitarian | Country: Ethiopia | Amount: $9,510 | Funded in 2012/2013
Education is Our Future is a project designed to provide training in three vocations, metal working, wood working and hair dressing that are in high demand in order that young adults can gain the skills and experience they need to obtain meaningful employment. This program will train 60-70 men and women each year.
Enhancing Livelihood Opportunities of Returnees in Mannar District
Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund | Country: Sri Lanka | Amount: $17,882 | Funded in 2012/2013
This project is Enhancing Livelihood Opportunities of Returnees in Mannar District by assisting them in constructing four agro wells for off-season highland agricultural production to enhance food security, and repairing an access road.
Canadian Physicians for Aid & Relief | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $12,972 | Funded in 2012/2013
Through formation of both gender balanced and women’s only Farmers Field Schools, Farmers First supports vulnerable households, with a focus on women headed households and households affected by HIV, to increase and diversify their food production, to improve their food storage and processing capacities, to improve their planning and budgeting capacity, to increase their income and thereby to improve their food security while managing their natural resources sustainably.
Haiti Urban Gardens
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) | Country: Haiti | Amount: $30,000 | Funded in 2012/2013
As the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti is a food insecure country where fresh produce is expensive and often unavailable in the cities. MEDA’s pilot project in urban agriculture, Haiti Urban Gardens, aims to create a possible income generating activity and increase horticultural production in urban neighbourhoods.
Innovation for Rural Prosperity
IDE Canada | Country: Ghana | Amount: $29,350 | Funded in 2012/2013
Innovation for Rural Prosperity will provide supports necessary for farmers to earn incomes from dry season farming. iDE has designed suitable treadle pumps for irrigation, and also provides training for growing dry land crops and managing diseases and pests. iDE also assists farmers to find better markets for their production.
Livelihoods for Life
ADRA Canada | Country: Cambodia | Amount: $9,835 | Funded in 2012/2013
The Livelihoods for Life project will equip at-risk youth in targeted communities of Kampong Thom province with decision making power and protective and economic tools to alleviate their vulnerability to trafficking, reducing poverty, improving economic self-reliance and empowering the predominantly marginalized populations.
Medan Addis Ababa HIV/AIDS
| Country: Ethiopia | Amount: $9,719 | Funded in 2012/2013
The Medan Addis Ababa HIV/AIDS Project seeks to close gaps in the continuum-of-care by bridging efforts of other organizations to enable holistic and comprehensive care. The project operates free HIV voluntary testing and counseling, home based care through volunteer networks, income generation for infected clients and community education on HIV prevention.
CODE | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $7,684 | Funded in 2012/2013
Through the project Reading Tanzania CODE and its local partner, the Children’s Book Project for Tanzania, are working to support literacy and quality education in Tanzania by providing children and youth with books and learning materials, professional development for teachers and librarians, and by building the capacity of the local publishing industry.