March 2016

Our President is back to the Philippines!

After her November’s mission, our President Paola Vecchiato is back again in the Philippines: during this mission she will meet the local stakeholders, then she will assess and evaluate the feasibility of new projects, and finally she will monitor the beginning of the works to build the Health Center in San Francisco, Camotes Islands.

First, our President will visit Pinamalayan, in Oriental Mindoro, to assess and monitor the situation after typhoon Nona hit leaving severe damages in the town, destroying houses and infrastructures, as we had told you here. Here, she will personally evaluate the possibility to contribute to improving the situation, helping the community to restore their environment and shift towards normality.

Second stop-over of her mission will be San Francisco, in the Camotes Islands, where the works to construct the Health Center have finally begun. Our President will work closely with Kito Onlus’ Field Assistant, Abby: she will monitor the proceeding of the building process, inaugurating the site with a presentation of the project directed to the whole community.

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Local workers start preparing the site where Kito’s Health Center will be built

She will then take care of the management and organization necessary to start off the training on resilient and anti-typhoon construction methods, which is directed to the local community. In fact, Kito Onlus finds it very important to directly involve the local population, passing on the necessary know-how needed to manage emergencies, increasing their resilience level through projects that improve their preparedness, a fundamental element in managing natural hazards.

A very rich program, fundamental to guarantee that the projects proceed in the best way possible and that all the stakeholders are involved.
Keep on following our President’s mission through our facebook page and our twitter account!!

Congratulations Liliana!!

Last week our former intern Liliana has graduated from her Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance defending a thesis that she has developed starting from her experience in the Philippines, where she has worked with Kito Onlus as Field Assistant for a period of three months based in San Francisco, Camotes Islands.

The thesis, developed in English and entitled “Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in a gender perspective: an investigation on the case of the Philippines”, has the objective of analyzing the presence of a gender perspective in CCA (climate change adaptation) and DRR (disaster risk reduction) policies, taking as a case-study the Philippines, a country that is extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change; in particular, the analysis has concentrated on the municipalities of San Francisco (Camotes Islands) and Tubigon, where approaches to DRR and CCA policies in which the role of women is particularly integrated have been developed, even though the two cases present their own peculiarities: San Francisco has developed such system with a community-based approach, involving the purok system, whereas Tubigon has developed, in partnership with ICLEI – Southeast Asia – several projects to develop female leadership within CCA.

The idea behind the research is that of highlighting and demonstrating how climate change and its effects are not gender neutral, and how instead democratic, participatory and bottom-up approaches based on the human-rights framework – such as the one of San Francisco – can represent an efficient method to really take into account vulnerability and female resources.

Laurea Liliana

A very interesting job indeed, and one of great interest especially nowadays.
Kito Onlus would like to congratulate Liliana for addressing this peculiarity of the municipality and community of San Francisco, as well as for the results that she has reached!! Good job!!