On a Sunday afternoon in August, our Programs and Compliance Officer, Catherine, and myself, left Melbourne (and its dreary weather) for the sunny Filipino city of Manila.
Flying overseas to visit our program's work is a common occurrence at INA. We need to ensure that we are accountable to you, our supporters, and see first-hand how your investment is benefitting women and children. It also means we can make suggestions and improvements (if any) for the work on the ground.
Our first priority upon landing was to find an ATM. There were four. None of them were working. Not a great start. We then took a ‘Grab’ (Filipino Uber) to our Airbnb, located very close to our partner organisation’s offices.
Our local partner organisation is called ‘Vineyard’. INA partnered with this local organisation because it wants to build self-sustainable partnerships led by local Filipino people.