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Feb 8, 2016

Project "No Excuses" 4th Quarter Report 2015

Introduction
The overall goal of Project “No Excuses” is to mitigate factors that debar outstanding public primary and secondary school children from educational opportunities. The scholarship package covers;
• Access to health care, which is provided via a reputable health insurance company;
• Access to nutritional support in form of essential food items provided for the student and his/her family on a quarterly basis;
• Access to clothing which includes two sets of school uniform and four sets of street clothing on an annual basis;
• Access to educational resources in form of books and stationary items as required each term; and
• Access to funds to defray transport fare to and fro school

Socio-demographic Description of beneficiaries
• There are 10 beneficiaries, fourty percent (4) of the beneficiaries are male while the rest (6) are females. Their ages range from 10 years to 12 years with a mean age of 10 years, 4 months. Only two (2) of the children are from a family of four (4) children or less while the remaining (8) eight of the beneficiaries have more than 4 siblings with eight (8) been the highest.

Detailed Description of Progress In the Fourth Quarter:
In the reporting quarter which spanned from October to December 2015, a packet of intervention was provided to the beneficiaries as highlighted below: The support provided was informed by earlier engagement with the project beneficiaries and their parents where their present needs were prioritized based on fund availability.

Provision of Clothing: As part of the welfare module of the scholarship scheme, each beneficiary is entitled to two sets of school uniform and four sets of street clothing. Each beneficiary is entitled to a sum of Thirty Thousand Naira (N30, 000) per year to support casual wears. This is further broken down into two outings per year at Fifteen Thousand Naira (N15, 000) per beneficiary per outing. In the reporting month, the second phase of the clothing support was made for all the 10 beneficiaries to the tune of Fifteen Thousand Naira each. The children were full of excitement as the clothing support coincided with the festive period, where children in Nigeria often demand for new clothing and shoes. Presented below are what the children said about the support;

Bolu: “Thank you for buying me these cloths, my parents did not have to
spend extra money to buy me cloths for Christmas”
Bernard: “The clothing support contributed towards my Christmas celebration and I enjoyed it more than previous years. I am grateful for what you have been doing for me and my family”

Transport Support and Health Coverage: Beneficiaries are yet to be enrolled on the health insurance coverage because of the shortage of funds. Therefore there was no form of health care support in the reporting quarter. Likewise, transport support was also not provided in the reporting month.

Nutritional Support: In the reporting quarter, food items, beverages and snacks were given to the beneficiaries. The food items included Nigerian stable foods that are rich in carbohydrate and protein. Beverages which are fortified with minimum required micronutrients were also given to the scholarship recipients.

The beneficiaries also benefited and participated in the under listed programmes of the Foundation in the course of the reporting quarter.
Literacy Enhancement Programme: The project beneficiaries participated in the Foundations’ literacy enhancement programme in the reporting quarter. This was in form of weekly reading of age and culture appropriate story books facilitated by trained volunteers. New words were learnt and checked up by the kids in dictionaries provided by the Foundation, thereby improving their vocabularies. Mastery of the spelling and meaning of new words learnt by the kids was further reinforced through spelling bees competitions and exposure to educational games such as monopoly and scrabbles. The beneficiaries were part of the audience at the Grand finale of the 2015 Lafarge National Literacy Competition in Partnership with The Ovie Brume Foundation. Presented below are some of what the children said;

Sekinat: “Thank you for what you taught me in the first term from the novels titled; Chima laughed last and the legendary Obafemi Awolowo”

Sports for Development; Global Peace Games: During the reporting quarter, the beneficiaries participated in the Foundation’s, global peace games. The event was used to demonstrate the import of sports to unite, motivate, inspire, educate, and improve health and well being of children, thereby corroborating the United Nations and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, the game was used to strengthen communication between children and adults.

Academic Standing of Project Beneficiaries:
In the reporting quarter, the first term of the new session commenced and project beneficiaries sat for their first term exams in their various classes and schools. The exam results of beneficiaries were retrieved from the schools and compared with the previous terms’ performance. It was observed that 50% of the beneficiaries retrogressed, 10% maintained their positions and 40% made progress in the last term results.
Peace: “I am more determined and study hard to improve my grades in school”
Sherif: “The scholarship support has helped me. I now play & speak freely among other children and also teach them to write. My teachers also give me more attention than before”

 See appendix for pictures showing project beneficiaries and arrays of activities and interventions implemented in the fourth quarter. A table showing the academic standing of the project beneficiaries is also presented in the appendix.

Proposed Activities for First Quarter 2016:

In the first quarter of year 2016 which will run from January to March, 2015, nutritional support and other educational support will be provided. Furthermore, sequel to availability of funds, beneficiaries would be supported with transport support and enrolled on health insurance coverage.


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Nov 5, 2015

Ovie Brume Foundation 2nd Quater Report for Project "No Excuses" Scholarship Project in Lagos State

Introduction
The overall goal of Project “No Excuses” is to mitigate the underlying factors that debar outstanding public primary and secondary school children from educational opportunities. The scholarship package covers;
• health care, which is provided via a reputable health insurance company;
• nutritional support in form of essential food items provided for the student and his/her family on a quarterly basis;
• clothing which includes two sets of school uniform and four sets of street clothing on an annual basis;
• educational resources in form of books and stationary items as required each term;
• and provision of funds to defray transport fare to and fro school

Socio-demographic Description of beneficiaries
• Sixty percent (6) of the beneficiaries are female while the rest (4) are males. Their ages range from 10 years to 12 years with a mean age of 10 years, 4 months. Only two (2) of the children are from a family of four (4) children or less while the remaining (8) eight of the beneficiaries have more than 4 siblings with eight (8) been the highest.

Detailed Description of Progress In the Third Quarter:
In the reporting quarter which spanned from July to September 2015, a packet of intervention was provided to the beneficiaries as highlighted below: The support provided was informed by earlier engagement with the project beneficiaries and their parents where their present needs were prioritized based on fund availability.

• Provision of Clothing: As part of the welfare module of the scholarship scheme, each beneficiary is entitled to two sets of school uniform and four sets of street clothing. Each beneficiary is entitled to a sum of Thirty Thousand Naira (N30, 000) per year to support their casual wears wardrobe. This is further broken down into two outings per year at Fifteen Thousand Naira (N15, 000) per beneficiary per outing. In the reporting month, all the 10 beneficiaries were provided clothing worth Fifteen Thousand Naira each.

• Transport Support and Health Coverage: Beneficiaries are yet to be enrolled on the health insurance coverage because of the shortage of funds. Therefore there was no form of health care support in the reporting quarter. Likewise, transport support was also not provided in the reporting month.

• Literacy Enhancement Programme: The project beneficiaries also benefited from the Foundations’ literacy enhancement programme in the reporting quarter. This was in form of weekly reading of age and culture appropriate story books facilitated by trained volunteers. New words are checked up by the kids in dictionaries provided by the Foundation, thereby improving their vocabularies. Mastery of the spelling and meaning of new words learnt by the kids was further reinforced through spelling bees competitions and exposure to educational games such as monopoly and scrabbles.

• After School Extra-mural Support: Scholarship recipients were also provided after school support to review their school work and assignments. Special attention was paid to numeracy enhancement support.

• Summer Music, Art and Craft Training: During the reporting quarter, the beneficiaries were on a month long summer holiday. They participated in the Foundation’s Music, Art and Craft training sessions meant to improve their vocational skills. Beneficiaries were extensively worked through bead and Ankara craft making. The music classes focused on theory of music, voice training and rudiments of playing Guitar, Saxophone, Trumpet and Piano

Academic Standing of Project Beneficiaries:
In the reporting quarter, the session winded up and project beneficiaries sat for their promotional exams in their various classes and schools. The exam results of beneficiaries were retrieved from the schools and compared with the previous year’s performance. It was observed that 30% of the beneficiaries retrogressed, 40% maintained their positions and 30% made progress in the last term results. The comments from the class teacher indicated that 10% of the beneficiaries did not do well as a result of their absence from classes.


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Jul 15, 2015

First Quarter Report for Project "No Excuses"

Introduction

The overall goal of Project “No Excuses” is to mitigate the underlying factors that debar outstanding public primary and secondary school children from educational opportunities. This project been reported is targeted at raising at least $113,250 to provide 30 vulnerable children in Nigeria with scholarships for a period of 3 to 5 years. However, we have only been able to raise $7,516.00 to date. The scholarship package covers;

  • health care, which is provided via a reputable health insurance company;
  • nutritional support in form of essential food items provided for the student and his/her family on a quarterly basis;
  • clothing which includes two sets of school uniform and four sets of street clothing on an annual basis;
  • educational resources in form of books and stationary items as required each term;
  • and provision of funds to defray transport fare to and fro school

 Community engagement:

The scholarship scheme leverages on the existing relationship between Ovie Brume Foundation and the key gate keepers such as the Lagos State Ministry of Health and Lagos State Universal Primary Education Board, who facilitated the entry of the foundation into the schools. The initiative was introduced to the school principals and teachers, and was received with enthusiasm as illustrated by the support we received from them in the beneficiary selection process.

 Selection of beneficiaries:

In the first three months of the project, 10 beneficiaries were identified. The selection process adopted for the intervention was a triangulation of academic performance, in-depth interviews with class teachers of the respective students, and one on one interaction with the children

 Socio-demographic Description of beneficiaries

Sixty percent (6) of the beneficiaries are female while the rest (4) are males. Their ages range from 10 years to 12 years with a mean age of 10 years, 4 months. Only two (2) of the children are from a family of four (4) children or less while the remaining (8) eight of the beneficiaries have more than 4 siblings with eight (8) been the highest.

 The highest educational qualification possessed by either of the children’s parents is a Senior Secondary School certificate while the vast majority are not educated. In addition, most of their parents are artisans, petty traders or support staff in corporate organizations. None of the parents of the children own their own home but live in rented apartments mostly in urban slums of Oyingbo and Ebute-Metta axis.

Detailed Description of Progress:

After the selection of the scholarship beneficiaries, a meeting was held with parents of the children to explain in details the terms and conditions associated with the scholarship. After a proper explanation of the process, parental consent was obtained and a Memorandum of Understanding was jointly signed by the parents and Ovie Brume Foundation.

To date, nutritional support has been provided to beneficiaries to cover the quarter under review. In addition, books required for the session have been procured and given to the beneficiaries. Clothing which includes two sets of school uniform and four sets of mufti are yet to be provided to cover the full year. While we are yet to start the health insurance scheme for beneficiaries also as a result of the fact that the funds we currently have through the donations are not sufficient. See appendix for pictures showing project beneficiaries and their parents/guardian.

We hope this report will show the tremendous progress that has been made and the need for more donations, so that we can reach out to more vulnerable children and also meet other components of the scholarship scheme.

Each benefiting child will be enrolled in the health insurance scheme, to cover definite health care services when required. Feed back (verbatim) from beneficiaries of the parents are below:

Thank you, Ovie Brume Foundation, God bless your organization.

We have never benefited from this type of kindness before”     

 Mr. Patrick, father of Favour Patrick, one of the beneficiaries.

 

We did not expect anything like this, when we were coming for the meeting.

This is a different scholarship and you have surprised us with all these… God bless you”

 Mrs. Chidubem, mother of Bernard Chidubem, one of the beneficiaries

 


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