Nov 18, 2020

Healthy Adolescence Project progress report

SI4DEV Healthy Adolescence program is training 150 secondary school students in rural community secondary school in Oyo State on mental health issues like depression (mental health education), Soft Skills (communication, Leadership and self-management, and Problem-solving skills), hard skills, and mentoring opportunity.

This project is relevant because Young people between the ages of 10-24 years constitute one-third of Nigeria’s population while adolescents age 10-19 years constitute almost a fifth, this significant but vulnerable population is exposed to a broad range of mental issues (Depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicide). A lot of adolescents between the ages of 13 and 19 years are depressed, this leads to low academic performance, social withdrawal from school activities, truancy, substance abuse including alcohol intake, and eventually suicide. These adolescents end up not leading a productive and fulfilling lifestyle

The Project is effective as

1. During the first week of the SI4DEV Healthy Adolescent Development Project across 3 community secondary schools, Students learned about choosing the right career.

2.During the second week of the SI4DEV Healthy Adolescent Development Project: 150 adolescents across 3 community secondary schools in Ibadan were trained on common mental health problems among adolescents: Depression, Self-esteem, Substance abuse, and suicide. 

3. During the third week of the SI4DEV Healthy Adolescent Development Project: 150 students across 3 secondary schools in Ibadan were trained on; developing positive mental well-being; skills for rape prevention.

4. During the fourth week of SI4DEV Healthy Adolescent Development: students were trained on community development.

5. During the Fifth week of SI4DEV Healthy Adolescent Development Project week 5: Training of 150 students across 3 community secondary schools in Ibadan on My Career and I.

 

Next: Week 6 and graduation

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Nov 17, 2020

Report on Food security and Agribusiness Project

The program trained 20 women engaged in agriculture on converting poultry dropping to clean cooking energy and biofertilizer for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and promotion of food security in the Ugwogo Nike community within the first year period.

Project Objective: To provide training to women that are engaged in agriculture in the Ugwogo Nike community on how to convert poultry waste to biogas for cooking and production of bioslurry as an organic fertilizer for farming for the reduction of greenhouse gases emission and food security.

Project design and objective were relevant because Biogas is a biotechnological device that without much stress converts organic waste into wealth to serve as raw material that can be used to provide energy and replace chemical fertilizer for sustainable development. Due to the unequal opportunities are given to women in the Ugwogo community to benefit from environmental projects, relegation to the background and high rate of restrictions which limits their access to resources, inadequate support needed for prosperous farming and community leadership. Findings of the project implementer baseline survey provided evidence shown a high rate of marginalization of women rights and low decision making power both at the family and community levels which results in a high rate of poverty as women are deprived of the opportunity to realize their potentials, lift themselves and their families out of poverty and improve agricultural production.

 

The project was effective as the Food Security and Agric business skills training of 20 women in the Ugwogo Nike community on the construction of biogas recorded a huge success. The women were happy to learn how they can utilize their agricultural waste for the generation of biogas for cooking and bioslurry to serve as organic fertilizer for farming. The trainees were highly impacted by the knowledge shared during the training program. They asked questions extensively during the training and expressed satisfaction with the novel information shared with them. A biogas plant was constructed in the practical training session to produce cooking gas and organic fertilizer for farming. The women clearly understood the processes involved in the construction of a biogas plant. They appreciated the technology, it is relevant and their ability to utilize agricultural waste(biomass) like poultry droppings, cow dung, kitchen waste, and other forms of waste to ensure food security in the community. Resources were used efficiently, as items were bought at the cheapest price with high quality. The project is sustainable The Ugwogo project is a self-sustained venture as it will generate income through the sales of the biofertilizer.

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Nov 2, 2020

We Launched New Abuja and Kano Locations for SBS

SI4DEV is currently the only global catalyst partner using the tried and tested Street Business School (SBS) curriculum in Nigeria. The SBS by SI4DEV Project supports women and youth living in urban slums and rural communities by equipping them with the knowledge they need to build sustainable businesses and increase their income. It empowers participants to believe in themselves and seize every business opportunity.

In 2019, 14 assistant coached were trained by our lead coaches, and 97 participants were recruited in 6 locations. 75 participants graduated between Feb and March 2020. A new cohort was delayed by COVID-19 but we were finally able to begin implemention of the 2020 set in July/August 2020 with funding support from 3rd Creek Foundation.

2020 Project Locations: Abuja (Karshi Community), Kano (Hotoro and Brigade Community)

Project Start date; Abuja (26th July), Kano (Hotoro community 16th October and Brigade 26th September)
Coaches:Mary, Babatunde, Hezekiah, Nathaniel, Samuel and Patricia.

Project Implementation stages

A. Selection
Recruitment and Orientation
“necessity entrepreneurs” who can take advantage of the street business school module were recruited and were given the opportunity to sign the commitment from, the commitment form is an avenue given to the recruited participants to commit to completing the program. 

Selected Participants: 55

Abuja, Karshi: 28 participants were recruited and signed the commitment form. More participants wanted to be part of it. We promised to do another cohort in their community.
Kano, Hotoro: 18 were recruited but only 13 Participants signed the commitment form. 5 of the recruited participants could not attend due to unforeseen circumstance. We told them we will be giving them an opportunity to sign the commitment form during the baseline visit.
Kano, Brigade: 15 were recruited but only 10 Participants signed the commitment form. 5 of the recruited participants could not attend and complained the time was not convenient for them. We told them we will be giving them an opportunity to sign the commitment form during the baseline visit.

 

B. Relationship Development
This is when we create a foundation of trust between trainers and participants to overcome the disenfranchisement of the poor and allowing them claim their brilliance, sense of self , and right to succeed, we also capture baseline information from the participants for project evaluation and learning process.

 

  1. In Abuja Karshi community, 3 participants out of 28 participants don’t have businesses, 10 out of 28 participants have savings, and 0 participants don’t have bookkeeping, business plan and a market research.
  2. In Kano, Hotoro community, 5 out of 13 Participants have businesses, I out of 13 have savings, none have business records, market research and business plan.
  3. Brigade community completed their baseline coaching visit on October 29 for 9 participants. 

C. Business content
Practical hands-on, and immediate relevant content to bring people out of poverty.

Abuja, Karshi have completed 5 modules, the 6th module will be done on the 29th of October.
Hotoro community have completed 3 modules, the 4th will be done on the 7th of November
Brigade community have completed I module, they will be conducting next one on the 7th of November.


Challenges
1. The end- SARs protest affected the training calendar in Abuja, we missed one Saturday, we will cover up the training, by having a session tomorrow the 28th being a public holiday in Nigeria.
2. Brigade community is 2 modules behind the workplan, because volunteer coach Mary O's workload increased in her office. Nathaniel with the support of Babatunde will henceforth train the participants.

 

Thank you all once again for supporting our work.

 
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