This major WeDpro project for 2015 was made possible thanks to funding from the American Jewish World Service (AJWS). The project goal is to help the long-term rehabilitation and recovery of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan – especially women and children – in Palo, Leyte through cultural activities that provide psychological support and therapy.
This project includes various activities, workshops, and events throughout 2015, such as a cooking workshop, radio programming, and youth performances. As they roll out, we’ll give you updates about them here and on Facebook.
On that note, WeDpro has just held the cooking workshop, called “Food, Art, Healing” – which brought women and youth together to share knowledge and cook traditional/local food as a form of psychosocial healing. Look for more information and photos from this workshop in the next post!
Friends, as you may know, Nepal has suffered a devastating earthquake that has killed over 2,000 people and left many injured, grieving, lacking access to resources. Having worked in disaster-stricken communities, WeDpro understands the need for rapid response and we wish the people of Nepal strength and courage. WeDpro has donated to Oxfam Canada’s Nepal earthquake relief efforts.
Please consider donating whatever amount you can to help Nepal. While it isn’t comprehensive, this article does suggest a list of vetted charities to consider. Maraming salamat, many thanks!
Together, let us ACT for change, CELEBRATE women in our families and communities, and EMPOWER women so that they can exercise their rights and make their own choices in their lives. These actions are essential building blocks towards a better world. When we empower women, we empower humanity – picture it!
WeDpro has launched a new project, appropriately named “3 Islands,” in the three island Barangays of Culasi (Maniguin, Malalison, and Batbatan), with support from Australian Aid through the Philippines Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP).
Project work includes the construction of a 70-foot Emergency Ambulance boat that will service the three islands. Photos of the in-progress boat construction are now up on our Facebook page.
More information about “Project 3 Islands” – and more photos – coming soon!
WeDpro sadly bids farewell to co-founder Alexandrina “Reena” Marcelo, who passed away recently. She was a fierce and passionate defender of women’s rights, particularly their reproductive and sexual health rights. She worked for more than 30 years as an evaluator, researcher, trainer, and program manager in the field of reproductive health, gender, and development. A dedicated advocate for the causes she believed in, she was a member of Katipunan ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan (aka KALAYAAN), Issa Phil, WOMANHEALTH, RRRG, and WHCF, as well as the Treasurer of Board of Trustees of WeDpro until her resignation due to her illness in December 2014.
With love and gratitude, we honour her memory and her life-long work. She is survived by her only child Xandra and her husband Ollie, three lovely grandchildren, and her siblings with their families.
As the holidays end and WeDpro offices reopen, we wish you a very Happy New Year! We sincerely thank you for your support in 2014. Please support us in 2015 as we continue to work hard to defend and advocate for the human rights of women, children, and their communities in the Philippines.
WeDpro joins over 350 organizations around the world to launch the first-ever Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December 2014. This historic coalition marks the anniversary of a landmark UN resolution urging all countries to provide universal access to health care without financial hardship.
No one should fall into poverty because they get sick and need health care. 1 billion people lack basic health care, and 100 million fall into poverty every year trying to access needed services. About 1/3 of households in Africa and Southeast Asia borrow money or sell assets to pay for health care.
Universal health care is essential to creating a healthier, fairer, and more resilient society. This is an important issue to talk about – not just on Dec. 12, but throughout the year.
For more information about Universal Health Coverage Day, please visit: www.UniversalHealthCoverageDay.org.
WeDpro, Inc. is 25 YEARS OLD this month!
We would have hosted a celebratory gathering of colleagues, friends, and supporters who have traveled often the less traveled road with us, but Typhoon Ruby has changed our plans. We decided to postpone this for early next year.
On behalf of the present Board of Trustees — Damcelle Torres, La Rainne Sarmiento, Leilani Galvez, Rhodora May Sumaray, Diego S. Maranan, outgoing member Alexandina “Reena” Marcelo and incoming member Niva Gonzales, and staff, we would like to thank our supporters, who have not lost the faith in what we want to do and where we want to go.
We also give thanks to the founders for germinating the seeds of our feminism, activism, and the courage to help our women and their communities with passion and dedication – Aurora de Dios, Reena Marcelo, Dr. Virginia Miralao, Celia O. Carlos, Flor C. Caagusan, Sandra B. Torrijos, Tezza O. Parel, Maria Morales, Ma Victoria Suarez, Charo Cabardo, Lynn Lee, and Sandra B. Torrijos.
CHEERS TO THE WOMEN & MEN OF WEDPRO! THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS!
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