Profile of KaSaMa 2011 Projects

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1. Investment in Human Rights Defenders

A project by the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), it provided programmatic and interactive learning experiences for human rights defenders nationwide to enhance their skills and confidence in performing their jobs. The project built the capacities of human rights defenders on para-legal knowledge and skills; it customized and became more responsive to their specific needs of human rights defenders.

2. Mainstreaming Participatory and Rights-based Approach in Local Planning

Lanao Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (LAHRA) sought to integrate human rights-based approaches to the development of Local Development Plans through participatory local development planning. LAHRA intended to change already-tabled plans programmed by reformulating the barangay development plans of their identified target areas in Kalombuang, Bacolod into rights-based barangay development plan.

3. Citizen Friendly Police Training

Implemented in Region 1 by the Community Management Institute (CMI), the project aimed to being a preventive intervention to human rights abuse during interrogation by training and capacitating police officers in the art and technique of interviewing and listening. It recognizes how the lack of proper interrogation skills leads some citizen and police encounters vulnerable to human rights violations by the latter.

4. Private Prosecutor Fund and Training

Private Prosecutor Fund and Training will be implemented by Anti-Trafficking Legal Advocates Society (ATLAS) implemented a project that addressed the slow progress of Anti-Trafficking of Persons or TIP cases in the courts of Negros Occidental by training and capacitating TIP advocates in the use of legal approaches such as evidential interview, handling investigation process and data collection. This intended to augment the efforts of public attorneys handling TIP cases as well as mobilize TIP advocates to be proactive.

5. Special Education for Deaf

A project of the Gualandi Volunteer Service Programme Inc., it is a training program which aims to strengthen the advocacy against child sexual abuse and exploitation of deaf children and women in Cebu and other areas in Central Visayas by capacitating partner organizations, volunteers, and deaf communities with the knowledge, skills and attitude on abuse and exploitations.

6. ActiveVista 2012

Dakila - Philippine Collective For Modern Heroism’s ActiveVista is now on its second run. Their project is a nationwide media based human rights advocacy and campaign which started in 2010. They took it further by organizing and conducting workshops, trainings, and mentorship programs from season film makers. With this, Active Vista 2012 has trained a new breed of young film makers nationwide to create human rights advocacies in film.

7. Advocacy Campaign Against Child Trafficking

From the Katilingan Para Sa Kalambua Inc. (KKI), the project is a community based education and capacity building program the to human trafficking in Zamboanga del Norte. The project empowered and capacitated parents and their children in anti-human trafficking knowledge and skills in order to combat child trafficking. It featured education sessions with parents on the ill effects of trafficking, utilizing the art of theatre performance involving survivors of child trafficking to create awareness in the community.

8. Documentary Film on Disappeared Persons

The Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearances (FIND) & Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) is creating a documentary film that features the participation of the members of the Association of Children of the Disappeared portraying the main roles themselves. More than creating a film, the project aims to make the film making itself as a healing therapy for the children and grandchildren of the disappeared.

9. “How to Stop a Bullet from Being Fired: Transforming Violence through Education and Creativity”

This is an initiative by the United Youth of the Philippines – Women (UnYPhil-Women) that sought to introduce a model that utilizes the arts as a therapeutic tool to help children of conflict-affected areas of Basilan such as Al-Barka and Tipo-Tipo come to terms with the violence they are constantly facing, enable them to overcome the trauma wrought by the recurring armed clashes and instil in them the hope that they can still pursue productive lives despite these circumstances.

10. Human Rights Education for Lumads

Human Rights Education for Lumads will be implemented by the Asia-Pacific Research Network (APRN). Their project recognizes that there are plenty of human rights resources but rare are those that can be used by indigenous persons such as Lumads. As such it aims to produce accessible human rights education materials for Lumads in the CARAGA region. It is also the goal of this project to teach human rights awareness and knowledge in far flung areas where Lumads reside.

11. Promotion and Protection of Human Rights through Capacity Building and Community Based Women on Reproductive Health rights

This initiative from Balaod Mindanao made a first step towards reproductive health by going to barangays in Misamis Oriental and increase the awareness of not only rural women but also of barangay health workers. With the RH Bill still languishing in congress for a verdict, this project aimed to teach its beneficiaries how to access services and information on reproductive health.

12. AKLAtan

This project by Educational Research and Development Assistance (ERDA) Foundation, Inc. means Aklat, Kabataan and Lipunan. First, they developed children’s books, worksheets, video, and visual aids to be used to advocate human rights (HR) among children and adults. Second, Kabataan, the children became human rights advocates themselves. Then Lipunan, where public and private partnerships were established to support the components of the project. And finally AKLAtan - HR Learning Resource Center (HRLRC) which were established in every barangay covered by the project.

13. Mobilizing the Aleemat as Human Rights Educators

The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) came up with a project that recognizes the influential but untapped roles of the Muslim Religious Leaders or Aleemat and their Islamic schools or Madrasah in the education and formation of Muslim communities in southern Mindanao especially in the ARMM. PCID partnered with Aleemats and made them community human rights and peace building educators.

14. Security Sector Reform

The Balay Mindanao Foundation Incorporated (BMFI) embarked on a training and partnership program that aimed to build sustainable structures of peace in Maguindanao and North Cotabato. In achieving this, the project capacitated and increased the awareness of the security sector on their human rights responsibilities on the one hand and strengthen their partnership with civil society groups on the other.