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workshopThe Social Investment Fund has been responsible for the financing of many successful infrastructural projects in our community, especially in the rural areas. The organization is charged with the responsibility of responding to the human development needs of the underprivileged with all efforts aimed at poverty reduction.

The way the system is supposed to work is that SIF usually opens bids for projects and looking at the need for the project, the cost and persons to benefit, the organization usually makes its pick. Getting funding from SIF or any organization nevertheless takes effort in drafting a proper proposal. That is why over the past weeks SIF has been facilitating workshops for community leaders. The workshops aim to teach the participants more on “Needs Assessment and Proposal Writing.”

The latest such workshop commenced at the Banquitas House of Culture yesterday. The workshop is facilitated by Damian Tzul.

Damian Tzul- Workshop Facilitator

“What SIF is doing is to equip certain leaders within the community in the area of Needs Assessment and Proposals Writing. It is something that has being doing country wide and the vision is to equip of thirty persons that are active in their organizations of their community.”

After the workshop the women should be able to easily draft a proposal keeping in mind basic key points. Some of the participants today included three youth group leaders, a women’s group president, a small business entrepreneur and others.

Damian Tzul- Workshop Facilitator

“There are a lot of Organization, village councils that in several cases they have submitted proposals for funds for certain projects and either they are rejected of put aside because the funding agencies always request guidelines and a criteria so that the funding can be approve for certain projects. My trainees here are learning, first of all, to identify a need in their community and thereafter to write an effective proposal so that the funding agents could approve their funding for their certain projects. The very important point of this project is to have an effective proposal to convince the funding agent working along very closely with their organization and the community by itself.”

One of the participants, Elisa Bol of the Guinea Grass Women’s Group, told us that the workshop has been enlightening. She has plans to use the training to draft a proposal for their women’s group.

Elisa Bol- Participant

“Nos está yendo muy bien porque he aprendido muchas cosas, como un líder de grupo que soy y estoy aprendiendo como para hacer un presupuesto para pedir ayuda para otras organizaciones.”

Yari Catzim-Reporter

“Después de este taller tiene en mente escribir una propuesta para una organización?”

Elisa Bol- Participant

“Si, pensamos hacer un presupuesto para SIF para pedir ayuda para poder trabajar con mujeres en costura.”

On Friday the participants will be getting their certificates of accomplishment from SIF.


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