A group of community development workers
We have recently formed a non-government, non-stock, non-profit organization in the Philippines to improve the well-being of poor and disadvantaged people and to provide educational support to children. However we need a seed money to start our operation.
The seed money will be used to:
- register the organization with government agencies (the Securities and Exchange Commission is located in another city);
- design a more presentable website that donors, beneficiaries, and the public can visit;
- purchase computers to make writing project proposals easier;
- conduct more fundraising activities; and
- cover other important office expenses.
Our temporary website can be found here: http://ungaya.wordpress.com.
The following are our crafted organizational information:
Ungaya Forum is a non-government, non-stock, non-profit organization that works to improve the well-being of the poor and disadvantaged people and to provide educational support to children.
“Ungaya” is a Maguindanaon word which means “concern”. Ungaya Forum is created on October 2014 in General Santos City on Mindanao island in Southern Philippines to respond to:
- the need for more poverty reduction initiatives in conflict-affected areas;
- the increasing population and urbanization in post-conflict areas which, aside from having negative environmental and health impacts, strain social ties among poor and disadvantaged people due to competition for scarce resources;
- the widening economic gap between the rich and the poor in urban, peri-urban and rural communities due to the insufficient capacity of the latter to take full advantage of growing economic opportunities;
- the educational needs of orphans, recognizing that they have special needs and vulnerability and they are often subsumed under the term “children”; and
- the need to end child labor and increase the access to basic education of children from poor and disadvantaged families.
Ungaya Forum envisions a just and sustainable society of caring, sharing and empowered people where all children have access to quality education.
Ungaya Forum works with the private and public sectors and the poor and disadvantaged people to improve the latter’s knowledge, capacities and resilience to enable them to live in dignity and security, send their children to school, and help others overcome poverty and suffering.
- To improve food security and increase income among the poor and disadvantaged people;
- To improve household capacity among the poor and disadvantaged people to pursue sustainable livelihood strategies;
- To increase household capacity among the poor and disadvantaged people to cope with, prepare for, or adapt to environmental and economic shocks and stresses;
- To increase access to quality education among children and youth from poor and disadvantaged families; and
- To increase the participation of men, women, youth and children in socio-economic activities.
- Human-centered – putting people at center stage
- Vulnerability context – helping those who are most in need
- Significant change – significant target change in scope or in impact
- Working with partners – working with donors, the private and public sectors and the beneficiaries themselves to maximize project inputs and strategies
- Participation – ensuring success and greater ownership of projects by beneficiaries
- Building on strengths – empowering people and communities to manage projects and resources effectively
- Relevance – designing projects based on what people and communities think is best for them in certain situations/conditions at different points in time
- Conflict-sensitivity – neither introducing conflicts nor intensifying existing tensions among beneficiaries during projects implementation
- Sustainability – ensuring long-term project benefits to beneficiaries while avoiding or minimizing negative environmental impacts
- Replicability – designing projects that can be copied and implemented in another place under similar conditions