Feb 24, 2021

Leaving No One Behind!

A Cross Section of Our Instagram Feeds
A Cross Section of Our Instagram Feeds

So many events and engagements to write about but the spotlight for this quarter is on our Instagram page. Over the years we have explored  SMS, Calls, e-mail, Facebook and now Instagram to educate young people and help them live a fulfilled life.

Providing information through mobile technology and social media platform is now the new normal. During the pandemic, many young people engaged through social media to receive information and to get entertained. Leveraging on social media is a critical way to keep young people informed and engaged. We have built our tech ecosystem such that young people can get the information that they need to make healthy choices at their own convenience. Although, we have been utilizing Instagram and part of our tech ecosystem we engaged more this time.

As of January 2021, there were about 6.47% Nigerians on Instagram according to StatCounter and this number has gradually increased over the years as the app becomes more popular. The majority of its users are between the ages of 18-34 years and a few about 2% according to Napoleon stat are between the ages of 13-17. This statistics explains why Instagram is a tool to engage with young people.

Taking advantage of this platform, our Instagram page @eva_mapps have been utilized to provide young people with information on HIV and AIDS, reproductive health, body image and pubertal changes and also for referrals Including prevention messages on Coronavirus disease. We also engage young people through quizzes and Instagram Live Shows.

Moreso, the Instagram page is linked to our Facebook Page at MyQuestion and MyAnswer Service. This gives the user more options to engage and receive information to make healthy choices.

The page has received over 1170 followers who are making healthy choices throughout daily engagements.

Donations and funds from you help us keep the page active, create fun activities for young people and more importantly link and update all our social media and mobile platforms to create a solid sexual and reproductive health tech Ecosystem where no adolescent and young person is left behind.

Thank you for support Nigerian youths to make informed decisions and stay healthy. 

Providing Sexual and Reproductive Health Info
Providing Sexual and Reproductive Health Info
Info about Sexually Transmitted Infections
Info about Sexually Transmitted Infections
Feb 2, 2021

Educational Recovery for Adolescent Girls

Community Champions Sensitizing community members
Community Champions Sensitizing community members

Yes! through your generosity,  we have secured resumption for three(3) girls and have reduced the drop out rate by 3 in Nassarawa Community, Kaduna State Nigeria as part of our community efforts at promoting educational recovery post pandemic/school closure.

According to UNESCO, in 2020, the pandemic resulted in an unprecedented global learning disruption and school closures that affected over 1.6 billion learners in over 190 countries. As the virus resurges, around 1 billion students continue to be affected by the full or partial closure of schools and universities, increasing the risk of learning loss, dropping out of education and social isolation. UNESCO is scheduled to release new comprehensive data, that shows an average loss of 100 school days for students globally.

The Pandemic has certainly highlighted the ills of not investing in modern educational strategies. Limited access to distance learning initiatives are stopping many children from continuing their studies at home and this has further tipped the scales against children from poor and vulnerable households. It has also dealt a huge blow to the strides gained in making education accessible to all and improving school enrolment rates for young girls in particular who face many barriers to education which includes the gender bias that prioritizes boy's education over girls’. 

While we realize that government and institutions have a huge road to play to build back more resilient and inclusive education systems, allocate increased financing and best practices in equitable education funding that effectively serves the most disadvantaged, our work in the community has shown us over time, that there are individual and community level factors that stand as barriers to school enrollment rates for girls even if other enabling institutional and systemic gaps are bridged..

Thus EVA has channeled efforts to support community influencers and key authority figures in 3 communities to hold dialogues and sensitizations in small groups where they are able to sensitize parents and guardians on the need to not only engage their wards in creative learning alternatives during this period, but to stimulate their commitments and actions to ensure educational recovery, increase inclusion and reduce drop-out rates after schools reopen.

In the aftermath of the dialogues and sensitization, the community champions have intervened in and mediated in the case of Three (3) adolescent girls between the ages of 13-16, who had been betrothed forcefully as an alternative to schooling. Among the champions are religious leaders whose influence had a huge impact in the reorientation of the parents involved and especially in these communities who hold strong religious beliefs and sentiments. For Aisha, Bilkisu and Rabia, that would have been the end of formal schooling since they will have to settle into their new roles as wives and possibly caregivers /mothers, we are grateful for your support that has changed this narrative for them.

 With your generous donations, we can keep supporting our champions with the resources and materials they need to ensure that no child is left behind in these communities as the world over strives on our collective education recovery journey

Oct 27, 2020

3 Things That Your Donation Do For The Mobile Ques

Helping youths make healthy decisions
Helping youths make healthy decisions

The COVID-19 pandemic has been very challenging and may gradually reverse the gains and progress that have been made towards achieving quality sexual and reproductive health for young people. Young people in Nigeria may experience difficulty accessing health services because they may not be able to visit health facilities due to the pandemic. The high cost of transportation and the distance of the health facility may also pose a challenge. Other challenges are the cost of accessing services and poor financial/economic status. Through the Mobile Question and Answer Service, we are closing the gap using innovative technology to ensure that young people’s SRH needs are met on their terms. Your donations have helped us this far and will continue to help us sustain the service by  

1. Keeping the SMS free. According to the 2018 Nigeria Demographic Health Survey NDHS, the median age of sexual initiation among women is about 17 years. The MyQ and A service ensure that young people get factual information about staying safe and playing safe by ensuring that AYP can ask SRH questions for free. Through your donations that keep the MyQ&A service young people can receive information at no cost to them.

2. Making phone calls free. The MyQ&A hotline will remain free through your support. Young people can call and speak with a counsellor at no cost to them to get all the factual and non-judgemental information to make healthy choices

3. Training and supporting a counsellor to respond to sexual and reproductive health questions of young people. Your donations have supported and will continue to support the service to strengthen the capacity of counsellors to provide confidential information to young people.

Thank You!

They Ask, we Answer
They Ask, we Answer
 
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