The embassy of Canada presents projects of the canadian fund for local initiatives

Dr. Elizabeth García signing her engagement letter on behalf of the NGO CIDES.

Dr. Paúl Mena, President of FOPE, with Ambassador O’Donnell.

Prefect of the Province of Esmeraldas, Mrs. Lucía Sosa, attended the event on behalf of the Mancomunidad del Norte.

Quito, November 4, 2014

Today, the Ambassador of Canada Pamela O’Donnell presented three new initiatives that will receive support from the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

Prior to the official signature of the agreements, Mrs. Luz Haro of AMJUPRE (the Association of rural women of Ecuador) and Dr. Ruth Hidalgo of Corporación Participación Ciudadana shared their working experience with the CFLI for 2013-14.

The first project for 2014-15 was signed with the Mancomunidad del Norte represented by the Prefect of Esmeraldas, Lucía Sosa. This initiative will provide training and awareness sessions on the rights of refugees to refugee focus groups and local authorities in the provinces of Esmeraldas and Sucumbíos.

The second project was signed with Dr. Paúl Mena, President of the Foro de Periodistas de Ecuador (FOPE), an organization that will offer training to journalists on new laws and regulations addressing communications. This training will be offered to active journalists in the provinces of Pichincha, Guayas, Imbabura and Chimborazo, which will allow them to respect the new laws while practicing responsible journalism.

The third project to be signed was with the Centro sobre Derecho y Sociedad (CIDES). Dr. Elizabeth García, Project Manager at CIDES, presented their training initiative for lawyers specializing in human rights violation cases. This will give a greater voice to vulnerable groups to express their concerns and will allow them to better protect their rights.

In the following days, a fourth agreement will be signed in Riobamba with Mrs. Delia Caguana of the Confederation of Indigenous Movements of Chimborazo (COMICH). This initiative will promote leadership among young leaders of the Puruwa people and will offer training in topics related to territorial governance.

It is through these projects that Canada reaffirms its commitment to strengthen the bilateral relations between Ecuador and Canada through cooperation.

For more information, please contact:
Embassy of Canada to Ecuador
Tel.: 245-5499 ext. 365-3302 / 365-3320