BORACAY ISLAND, Malay, Aklan – In spite of the impending closure of Boracay to tourists starting April 16, 2018, the Philippine Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter launched a project for the youth in partnership with youth organizations in Italy, Belgium, Indonesia and Portugal.
The 23-month project is called: “Forward Looking Cooperation in Youth Work: A Dream Getting Through’’ also known as 4Eu&As (pronounced or read as For You & Us) and funded by the European Union program Erasmus +.
The Philippine Red Cross -Boracay Malay Chapter will implement the project in coordination with Italy-based youth organization TDM 2000 International, and with partners that includes the ARS for Progress of People in Belgium, Gerakan Kerelawanan Internasional (GREAT in Indonesia), Synergia in Portugal, and the Philippine Red Cross -Boracay Malay Chapter.
The initiative is a follow-up to EuroAsi: Capacity Building in Youth Work, a project implemented from 2014 to 2016.
The goal of the 4Eu&As is to create mobility program among Europe and South East Asian countries by sharing best practices, methodologies, and policies with other countries who are already involved on similar programs implementation. Its key component are local projects and initiatives that will benefit the local community.
The program enjoined youth participants from five countries and were expected to attend three different training courses and one seminar.
“The project is expected to benefit the more than 2,000 Red Cross Youth members in Boracay and Malay,” explained Rona Liza Inocencio, administrator of the local Red Cross chapter.
The project will contribute in the professional and personal development to the youth, added Inocencio, “because it will help foster active youth participation, especially in local development.”
The ultimate aim of the project implementers is to share the opportunity to the youth in the community and to enable them to create initiatives that will benefit the populace.
Through the project, youth beneficiaries will also be able to acquire trainings and will have the opportunity to establish collaboration, networking and long-term partnership with youth organizations from Europe and Asia.
(Archived News April 16, 2018)