More than 20 self-help groups (SHGs) of 400 internally displaced families who are currently taking refuge in Upper Hinaplanon, Iligan City craft their own proposals for the micro-grant that EcoWEB will be providing to help address their immediate needs.
These bakwits, who fled from armed conflict in Marawi, will lead their own response.
The micro-cash assistance will be made possible through the support of Christian Aid.
The preparation of proposals was assisted by volunteers from other partner civil society organizations and community leaders trained by EcoWEB and Local to Global Protection (L2GP) to integrate Survivor-led Response to Crisis (SLR) approach in disaster management. Proposals prepared by the SHGs are contextualized on identified needs of displaced families who are clustered according to their places of origin and sectoral groups.
Needs identified included food and non-food items such as hygiene kits, kitchen utensils, diapers for babies, mats, and others.
The participating IDPs, mostly women, expressed much appreciation of the SLR process because it involved them in identifying their needs and empowered them to manage the project. The latter covers procurement of goods, reporting, and monitoring of project implementation.
The beneficiaries also closely coordinate with their respective host barangays.
EcoWEB with partners, when resources warrant, aim to sustain the assistance until return of the IDPs, towards recovery and rehabilitation following SLR process while integrating peace building efforts.