Mar 26, 2020

Community Visits to Commence Project

This project will provide training to women that are engaged in agriculture in 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.

The community has been visited for the commencement of the project. The site for the location of the biogas plant has been chosen and a meeting was held with some rural women involved in agriculture. The final selection of women that will be participants of the project is ongoing.

The concept of biogas has been introduced to five women that are meant to be the subject for the reliability testing of the project.

Partner / Stakeholder

Contact Person is the Women Representative Florence O. I met with her and we agreed that the food security and agribusiness skill training will commence fully according to schedule.

ADDITIONAL REQUEST/COMMENTS

Purchase of hand sanitizers,face masks, buckets and soaps for hand washing during the training sessions as the recent outbreak of corona virus in the state is causing a lot of panic amongst people as regards gatherings.

Challenge Lessons learned / Solutions
It has been challenging to directly meet with the traditional ruler of the community because if his tight schedule
I was able to later communicate with him,he accepted the offer for the training and directed me to the town union president. Hence it was then agreed that the project should fully commence.

Next Steps 
To fully commence the training sessions with the women, purchase materials for the construction of the biogas plant and then construct the biogas plant.

Mar 26, 2020

Planning Meetings with Proposed Project Partners

In respect to my project 'Drug Awareness and Business Skills for 90 Kano youths'. All consultations and meetings with various bodies and NGO executives are ongoing. To start with, a multipurpose hall has been secured with the support of Paradigm Initiatives.

An initial meeting was held with the proposed media team at Vanguard newspapers, and we are to meet on 28th March, to finalize our negotiation with the Vanguard Newspaper representative.

On the participants, selective measures have been put in place base on random selections. One of the better ways to achieve this is through creation of google form to get their data easily while participation will be based on invitation and gender equality. Paradigm Initiative is also supporting me on this because their proximity to the community really gave me an edge.

On Volunteers and guest speakers, series of meeting were held on the way to coordinate the 2 days event.
For the snacks and drinks have already be contracted out.

Digital camera firm was consulted to make sure the 2 days event are exceptionally covered.

All souvenirs, gifts, motivational packages, entrepreneurial tools purchased for participants will be given to participants free of charge. And all items will be crested SI4DEV logo design that was approved for the banners and Tshirt. Tshirts to be use will be of a very high quality to enable embroidered SI4DEV design more permanent on the shirts without fades.

Representative of Union Bank will be present on the event days to give a brief talk on the importance of using banking for entrepreneurial uplift.

Apart from some lucky potential participants who will go home with some packages, best group based on group discussion will also benefits. While 2 males and 2 females (based on gender equality) with proven outstanding skills will be supported by me on their respective line of business (on a continuous term for a period till they can expand and impact same on other persons).

All participants will have a customized SI4DEV tag for proper records and recognition.

Hand Sanitizer and hand wash will be made available for participants for precautionary motives (COVID 19) and date for the 2 days event will be determined in line with the State government directives.

Final phase of preparation will take after the 28th march meeting.

Thank you once more for the opportunity to serve humanity through impacting on youths

Best Regards
Nathaniel Echiye (SI4DEV Volunteer)

Mar 26, 2020

100 Students Receive Books, Bags and Uniforms

This project officially started with the Initiation Stage which entails advocacy and awareness in the community and schools where the pupils are to be a beneficiary of the project. A visit was made by me and representatives of the partnering team to the head of ward and district of Farawa community, the divisional police officer and the principals of the two schools (Farawa Primary School and Zara Primary and
Secondary school) on the 13th of March, 2020.

This was followed by sending Invitation Letters to some dignitaries with the interest of Education at heart. These include: the ministry of health, Kano, heads of ward and district of the community, the light house initiative, yali network Kano, revive Africa initiative Kano, SI4DEV team (Nasarawa & Fagge), as well as the
police station for adequate security.

The Project was flagged off on Thursday 19th of March, 2020. The program started in Farawa primary school by 11:10am with the arrival of guests, prayer, welcoming address, speeches by SI4DEV partner, school principal, and the Revive Africa Initiative coordinator.

This was immediately followed by the presentations of schooling kits (uniforms, socks, exercise books; 5 each, pencils, bags) and learning aids (big size mats;14, brooms & chalks; 6pkts) to the school management. There were 9 guests, 27 parents and 60 pupils in attendance with their teachers.

At Zara primary and secondary school, 120 exercise books were presented to 40 students (20 pupils from the primary & 20 students from secondary). Each student was given 3 books.

Photographs were taken with the guests, parents & pupils with Volunteers at Farawa & Zara accordingly. A video clip of the event will be sent to the team at a later time.

I need to mention that Partnering on this project was key, due to the peculiarity of the environment, religion, culture, tradition, and language. The Revive Africa Initiative coordinator; Mrs. Aisha I. did a lot in these aspects to get in touch with the orphaned and less privileged children in the community. 

Attached are some of the pictures taken.

Once again, I am deeply grateful to the SI4DEV Team, for this awesome opportunity to bring to realisation my dream of impacting the lives of the less privileged around me as an advocate of Sdgs 3 & 4.

Best Regards
Omotayo B. Oluwaseun (SI4DEV Volunteer)

 
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