The Theme Fund encourages MCIC member organizations to take a broader view of development projects by responding to current issues of international concern.
MCIC’s Theme Fund for 2018-19 is: Sustainable Urban Centres: Meeting People’s Needs in an Urbanizing World.
The current pattern of rapid and often unplanned growth of urban areas presents governments, civil society organizations and the private sector with urgent challenges that require innovative, participatory, gender-responsive and egalitarian approaches and solutions.
MCIC’s Theme Fund is seeking innovative project applications from its member organizations that aim to tackle challenges within an urban setting, such as, but not limited to, livelihoods, safety, education, health, sanitation, nutrition, community leadership and governance. MCIC sees gender equality, human rights and environmental sustainability as crosscutting themes in development.
Building Skills in Conflict Resolution and Trauma Recovery
World Renew | Country: Uganda | Amount: $18,535 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will build the capacity of refugees and host communities in Uganda to resolve conflict and recover from trauma suffered as a result of the civil war in South Sudan. It will focus on engaging women to be leaders in their communities and bring healing within their families.
Civil Documentation for Sri Lanka Tamil Refugees
Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund | Country: India | Amount: $16,728 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will help girls, boys, women and men living in rural refugee camps in Tamil Nadu secure their civil legal documents, such as citizenship certificates, to reduce the vulnerability of being classified as a stateless person. This will also assist their considered, informed and voluntary return to their homeland, Sri Lanka.
Healing in Harmony Gaziantep
Make Music Matter | Country: Turkey | Amount: $6,200 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will use music production to provide psychosocial support to child refugees from Syria living in the peri-urban setting of Gaziantep. The project will use song to reduce trauma, build educational opportunities and foster a culture of empathy.
Inclusive Democracy in Burma: Building Resilience
Inter Pares | Country: Thailand | Amount: $20,000 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will benefit conflict-affected people in Burma. It includes support for the refugee population currently in camps in Thailand, building individual and community capacity in preparation for potential repatriation and reintegration expected to occur before 2020.
Livelihoods Support for Displaced Persons in Rakhine State
Canadian Lutheran World Relief | Country: Myanmar | Amount: $20,000 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will provide livelihood opportunities for internally displaced persons, resettled persons and host community residents in Sittwe and Pauktaw Township, Central Rakhine, to strengthen their self-reliance and dignity. The project will provide technical training and entrepreneur skill training using Myanmar Artisan Toolkit as the curriculum.
Securing Tomorrow Today: Protection and Psychosocial Support for Refugees
War Child Canada | Country: Uganda | Amount: $20,000 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will safeguard the rights of refugees and host communities in the Adjumani, Arua, Koboko and Kiryandongo districts of northern Uganda by ending patterns of sexual and gender-based violence and abuse. It also identifies and promotes durable solutions to alleviate trauma and related effects of violence and abuse.
Empowerment of People Living with Disabilities
World Renew | Country: Nigeria | Amount: $18,000 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to improve the livelihoods of 180 polio survivors and other marginalized people with disabilities (60% Female / 40% Male) in north central Nigeria by providing mobile aids, enrollment support for school aged beneficiaries, vocational training, self help empowerment and advocacy for the rights of people living with disabilities.
Improved Income for Families with Disabilities
IDE Canada | Country: Ghana | Amount: $6,800 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to lead to improved incomes for forty farmers with disabilities, including blindness by providing them with accessible capital to erect fencing around their community gardens/fields.
Nutrition, Education and Income Generation for Families with Disabled Children in Bulawayo
Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba | Country: Zimbabwe | Amount: $18,000 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to improve the well being of fifty children with disabilities by providing 590 family members with access to nutrition, education, livelihood development opportunities as well as start-up capital for income generating activities.
St. Camille Tokan Care Centre Women’s Dormitory
Cuso International | Country: Benin | Amount: $20,000 | Funded in 2014-15
The Project seeks to build a full service care center including an out-patient clinic and 8 dormitories for a target of 2,400 people with mental disabilities.