AROUND 30 communities from selected provinces in Mindanao have been partner-beneficiaries of the United States Embassy's #ForMindanao project since its inception last year.
During an evaluation-cum-thanksgiving get-together last Saturday, #ForMindanao grant manager John Badawi reported that these communities are located in Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Iligan City, Marawi City, Zamboanga City, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu and Cotabato.
They range from agricultural livelihood programs to preventing violent extremism and other projects on peace and stability as well as economic development and education.
The first wave of the project, which had only 15 communities as beneficiaries, already ended in the latter part of 2017 but the US Embassy is already placing efforts for these projects to be sustained by the beneficiaries themselves.
Grants for each project range from P100,000 to P2 million depending on the magnitude of the particular project. For instance, an agriculture project in a barangay in Lanao del Sur costs only P100,000 while an educational awareness campaign straddling three provinces cost P2 million. Each community has a total of 100 residents.
#ForMindanao is also being supported by Naawan Helps which is a non-government organization (NGO) based in Naawan, Misamis Oriental that has already expanded its outreaches beyond its town's boundaries.