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Indigenous youth leaders: COVID-19 small grants projects announced

In response to COVID-19, the Asia Indigenous Youth Platform (AIYP), the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), and UNESCO Bangkok are supporting 11 projects that are providing sustainable solutions for indigenous communities throughout South and Southeast Asia. All of the projects are conceived of, managed and led by indigenous young people, to be implemented from December 2020 to March 2021.

The list of grant recipients is provided below:

Project Name

Lead Organization


Resilience Amid the COVID Crisis: Coping with the Mental Stress through Arts and Crafts

Asia Young Indigenous Peoples Network


Indigenous Youth Engagement in Sustainable Farming for Food Security in COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Service Forum Nepal (Cosef Nepal)


Awareness on COVID- 19 for Indigenous Tharu youth

Thapapur Blind and Disabled Society


Strengthening Indigenous Youth Entrepreneurs through Capacity Building and Networking

Hill Resource Centre (HRC)


Creating a Digital Offline Learning Kit as an Alternative for the Learning System during Pandemic for Students in the Remote Areas in Central Kalimantan

Ranu Welum Foundation


Kasiyanna: A Compilation of Songs on COVID-19 by Igorot Youth

Cordilleran Youth Center (CYC) & Progressive Igorots for Social Action (PIGSA)


Radio Kadal: Community Radio for COVID-19 Response in Mukkuva Community

Coastal Students Cultural Forum (CSCF)


Empowering Indigenous Communities of Nepal with COVID-19 Preparedness in their Native Languages

Group project


Enabling COVID-19-affected Vulnerable Youth for Alternative Livelihoods with Entrepreneurship Education for 10 Villages in Cikha sub-township area of Chin state, Myanmar.

Rural People Upliftment Foundation


Financial Resilience among Women-owned MSMEs in an Ethnically Diverse Population amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. Case Studies in the Border Areas of An Giang Province, in Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta

Group project


The Neighborhood Care Alternative Classes

Group project


For more information about the grant programme, the AIYP, and the work that UNESCO Bangkok is doing to support indigenous youth in the region, visit AIYP’s website, follow the Platform on Facebook or see

Main photo credit: ©Phnom Thano, Indigenous Media Network

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