In partnership with ActionAid International, WeDpro is continuing to develop its emergency response and recovery programme in Palo, Leyte and Culasi, Antique to support the recovery and reconstruction following Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Through the Padayon sa Paglaum (Hope After Haiyan) Project, WeDpro uses human rights-based and community-driven approaches to work with local partners in delivering the aid and support that is needed. While our work includes basic relief items, such as food and non-food items, we’ll be concentrating on long-term recovery, restoring lives and livelihoods and policy advocacy. We also focus on working with women and girls and the most vulnerable communities – in particular fishing communities, small farmers, sharecroppers, and tenant farmers. Our aim is to also strengthen community participation in the relief process so that local people are able to take leadership, enhancing the overall standard of living in their local areas.
We are currently looking for a committed professional to be part of our team and use their passion and talents to make a positive difference to people affected by this disaster. If you want to make your mark and develop your skills in a challenging role, join us now.
Position: Field coordinator
Dates: April/May to June
- Experience in coordinating a disaster response program is ideal
- Previous experience in coordinating with LGUs and CSOs
- Good writing and communications skills, and ability to write detailed reports of project activities
- Able to travel at short notice to Yolanda-affected communities
- Knowledge of and experience with NGO work.
- Must be fluent in Tagalog at a minimum. Though not necessary, ability to communicate in Waray and/or Kinaray-an would be an asset
Deadline: April 10, 2014. Please send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and address it to Aida Santos. Include at least 2 references.
Salary open for negotiation.
For more information about WeDpro, please visit our website at www.wedprophils.org
Tech4Good webinar series: Women, girls and tech
20 March 2014 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM SGT
In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8, this month’s webinar will focus on women and girls, showcasing technology solutions and programs that have impacted their lives. Our panelists come from nonprofits that promote women’s rights, women in leadership roles, and health and employment opportunities for women. They will share stories about the role technology plays in their organisations and how it helps to advance their programs in Bangladesh, HK and the Philippines.
Our panelists are:
- Dr. Ananya Raihan: Executive Director, Dnet, Bangladesh
- Su-Mei Thompson: CEO, The Women’s Foundation, Hong Kong
- Sam Raras: Secretary, Board of Trustees, WeDpro, Philippines
About our panelists:
Su-Mei Thompson: Su-Mei is the CEO of The Women’s Foundation (TWF), a member of the Equal Opportunities Commission of Hong Kong and the founder of the 30% Club HK, a group of chairmen championing more women on corporate boards. TWF is a leading NGO dedicated to the advancement of women in HK that recently partnered with Microsoft to launch GirlSpark, a new program to encourage girls to consider a career in tech.
Dr Ananya Raihan: Ananya is the Executive Director of Dnet, a social enterprise for promoting access to information and knowledge for all citizens through interactive digital media. His new concept ‘Infolady’ opens employment opportunities to thousands of women in rural Bangladesh with the power of ICT. Dr. Raihan has also been instrumental in launching the first of its kind globally national scale mHealth service ‘Aponjon’ for expecting and new mothers.
Sam Raras: Sam is the Secretary of WeDpro’s Board of Trustees, who has extensive experience in the areas of Knowledge Management, Information and Communications Technology. She has been volunteering for WeDpro since 2005 and has served the organisation in different capacities. WeDpro is a nonprofit in the Philippines that works in the area of human rights by defending the rights of women through gender responsive development programs.
Register here –> https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/684998894
The Hope After Haiyan (Padayon sa Pag-laum) project provides relief and support for over 3,500 families in seven barangays in Palo, Leyte, and one barangay in Culasi, Antique. In addition to addressing immediate, basic needs for food, shelter, clean water and hygiene, the Padayon sa Pag-laum team will be working closely with the affected communities over the next three years to co-create solutions for a more resilient, sustainable, and inclusive future for the communities.
Help support our work by making a donation to the project!
Hey folks, WeDpro is organizing a cash and goods drop-off on Thursday, November 14th, at the WeDpro Inc. office in Quezon City near SM North. We’ll be collecting these and handing them off to the Philippine Red Cross. (Directions to the office here ).
Friends abroad who have Paypal accounts or who want to make a credit card donation, you can either send your donations directly to the Philippine Red Cross or send them to WeDpro (who can issue receipts to you) and we can send them to the Red Cross or Oxfam, depending on where the greatest need is:
In WeDpro, we take online security seriously. That is why, when Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) invited WeDpro to take part in the Trainors’ Training on Secure Online Communications, we did not hesitate to send one of our volunteers. The training workshop provided the participants with information and tools on how to secure themselves and their organizations online. Participants were trained on how to protect themselves from ICT related threats. FMA and APC also shared their initiatives such as the Take Back the Tech Campaign and the mapping of ICT related violence.
Keep yourself updated! Download the WeDpro android application by clicking on the link [WeDpro App] or scanning the QR code directly from your phone.
WeDpro celebrates its 25th year in 2014. As we prepare for this celebration, WeDpro would like to thank the following donors who have collaborated and supported us through the years:
- Amnesty International-Pilipinas-Women Working Together to Stop Violence Against Women (AI-WWTSVAW)
- Asian Partnership for Human Development (APHD) / NASSA
- Association for Progressive Communication (APC) Women’s Networking Support Programme
- Bayanihan Worldwide Foundation
- Belgian Administration for Development Cooperation (BADC)
- CARITAS-Tides Foundation
- Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
- Citrus Productions, Philippines
- Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
- Co-peraid, Switzerland
- Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP)
- DIWATA Foundation – CIDA
- Equality Now, New York
- European Union (EU)
- Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA)
- Futures Without Violence
- Human Rights Education Foundation (HREF)
- International Women’s Network Against Militarism
- International Women and Development Association (IWDA), Australia
- Legislative-Executive Bases Council (LEBC), Philippines
- Local Government of the City of Angeles
- Local Government of the City of Olongapo
- Mama Cash
- MEMISA Medicus Mundi
- One World Action (OWA) / Institute for Popular Democracy (IPD)
- Pearl S. Buck Foundation (PSBF)
- Philippine Commission on Women (PCW; formerly National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women or NCRFW)
- Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights)
- Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development
- Remedios AIDS Foundation, Philippines
- Senator Wigberto Tanada, Philippines
- Tides Foundation
- The Ford Foundation
- Theology Exchange Program, South Africa
- United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
- Urgent Action Fund for Women
- VDay / Equality Now (New York)
- Women for Genuine Security, U.S.A.
Commercial software such as Microsoft Windows, MS Office and Adobe CS often are considered expensive outlays and are items that organizations, especially nonprofits, cannot really afford. However, with the help of Tech Soup Asia, nonprofits like WeDpro can now purchase these types of software at discounted prices.
TechSoup Asia is a collaborative venture between TechSoup Global and its Partner Network that delivers technology and other capacity development resources to civil society organizations in the Asia Pacific region. For more information, please visit www.techsoup.asia.
We are excited to announce that Maricelly Malave from the University of Peace in Costa Rica has completed her Master’s thesis on programs provided for survivors of sex trafficking and forced prostitution in the red light districts of Angeles and Olongapo City. Maricelly’s research was informed by her time as an intern at WeDpro, during which she made valuable contributions to our work with our communities in Angeles and Olongapo.
You can download the thesis here. Here’s the abstract from her published thesis:
“The sex industry in Asia generates massive sums of money and for many people it is a source of income that can keep them from enduring unemployment and poverty. Having an economy supplemented heavily by sex tourism and the sex industry leads to many different social issues. The sex industry is a means of employment to thousands of men, women, and children in the Philippines alone. Once in the sex industry, for whatever reason, people may feel pressured to remain in the industry due to societal pressures or lack of employability from lack of education or vocational/technical skills. This study examines what programs are provided for survivors of sex trafficking and forced prostitution in the red light districts of Angeles and Olongapo City. Research was done to identify the most urgent needs of the community in the red light district, what the community would like programs and services to focus on, and the current obstacles to meeting these needs. A suggested curriculum was made from this collected data based on Peace Education pedagogies and the most immediate unmet needs in the community.”
Congratulations, Maricelly, and we look forward to seeing more of your work contributing towards global peace and development!
WeDpro Managing Director, Aida Santos, talks about the struggle of Filipinos fathered, then abandoned, by US soldiers, in the December 31, 2012 issue of the Guardian. “We are hoping there will be a discussion even just to open the issue,” says Aida Santos, managing director of Wedpro, the NGO that has helped the Amerasians form an advocacy group, United Philippine Amerasians. She said: “There are more Amerasians than the eye can see. They need shelter, education, training, jobs.”