Name of Organization: Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation.
Project Title/Name: Give Covid-19 Palliative to 3K families, Imo State
Focus Country: Nigeria.
Project Locations: Imo, Nigeria.
Focus Area: Social Protection, Education, healthcare, housing support
And specific interventions.
Project Type: Direct service, Street based Project
Proponent: Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation
Address Klm 1 Eke-Ahiara Junction, Umuofor Nnarambia
Ahiara, Ahiazu Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria
BRANCH OFFICE: 88 Murtala Muhammed way,
Yaba, Ebute Metta, Lagos.
The emergence of Covid-19 has given room to unemployment, poverty and other critical experiences among youths and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a huge challenge that require players across the development sector in the country to innovate and adjust our current systems of support. This enables us to provide a job-rich recovery, in order to improve economic resilience and reduce the impact of the pandemic and its economic fallout on youths. Lack of good and systematic database has in small measure affected effective distribution of Covid-19 palliatives. This has led to the allegation that the process is being politicized. There has been no clear strategy to reach the vulnerable and poor in the distribution of palliatives. This project engaged communities in Imo State with Palliative, sensitizing them and providing them with food packages, preventive kits and free hand sanitizers.
Challenges and restrictions posed by the pandemic have been especially difficult for young people, considering the rapid lifestyle changes brought about by the need to follow protective measures and self-isolate. “The pandemic has taught its lesson to almost everyone, including those who didn’t get sick and didn’t lose their loved ones,” The pandemic unmasked food insecurity, impacting people who never before needed food assistance. Now, with the pandemic oddly seeped into the new normal, the drive to create a hunger-free in a rural community in IMO State is inspiring new approaches to building a sustainable Communities.
There are, however, lamentations trailing the distribution of government palliatives by the masses. For instance, a national newspaper, Business Day on April 19, 2020, reported thus: “It is lamentation and bitter wailing in Lagos and parts of the country as Nigerians complain that the stimulus packages announced by the Federal and Lagos State governments to cushion the effects of the lockdown imposed on some States and the Federal Capital Territory to contain the further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have not been sincerely deployed. “According to the newspaper, the citizens alleged that the process of distribution of whatever that may have been made available for that purpose had been politicized.
During the course of our community outreach, it came to our notice that the only relief packages a number of people in this community got during the lockdown came from well-to-do individuals and non-governmental organizations who were kind enough to help the less privileged with food items. We have supported with little palliatives within our reach to the poorest and vulnerable in rural Communities as they look to build a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive recovery. We know times have been hard, and we are fuelled by your continuous support and loyalty! Despite typical in-person opportunities being restricted, there are still plenty of ways to stay safely involved: Every $1 donation you give to support helps fill 3 plates for those who are struggling to make ends meet. Monthly donors provide the funding that we can count on, and for those who can count on us, A gift of $25 will help to provide up to 75 meals each month. With your ongoing support, we can continue our mission to alleviate hunger and provide a job-rich recovery, in order to Improve Economic resilience and reduce the impact of the pandemic on youths.
Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ started in the year 2012, officially registered September 7, 2017. Joined GlobalGiving community May 29, 2021, with a vision to strengthen Social Protection, Education, healthcare, housing support and specific interventions. In the first 3 months of its operations, ‘Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ did a rapid assessment of existing youth program in the region to discover a dearth of serious, structured interventions with young people in the area. The team from ‘Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ visited more than 20 rural communities and several NGO functionaries operating in the area to learn about the involvement of youth and adult in social initiatives in the area. In these visits, most of the principals, teachers and social workers voiced a need to build leadership among young people on social issues and motivate them to take up social action initiatives. The educators expressed their concerns and difficulties involved in mobilizing young people for social action initiatives.
In the same period, a team from ‘Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ participated in the ‘Change Makers program’ that was conducted jointly by The Nonprofit council with the aim of understanding the current community development initiatives of other NGOs across Nigeria. During this phase the team studied the program design and the community mobilization methods of these NGOs. The team also underwent a one year long mentoring and handholding under this program. In the process, the team also participated in a several learning programs with several NGOs working on community issues from across the nation. In these sessions, the team interacted with more than 12 NGOs and their several community leaders working in different parts of the country.
Equipped with an understanding of local issues and an understanding of the best practices of NGOs from across the country, ‘Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ started conducting basic life skill and active citizenship programs in communities in Southeast. The program was named ‘change for life’. These workshops caught the interest of educators and students alike and they welcomed ‘Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ team to conduct repeat workshops on several issues in 15 communities with around 8,367 in attendant. This program also had an indirect outreach of another 4200 people. ‘Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ also initiated a pilot program named ‘Metamorphosis’ that involved families in community outreach program. This program involved around 10,600 farmers from 15 different communities in the area. In the same period, ‘Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ conducted two parent counseling workshops in two different communities to discuss the issues of their children. This program titled ‘Parenting and grassroots child-care' helped us put forward our standpoints and increased our acceptance with parents who are the prime decision makers for their children
The success of the initiative inspired us to continue the program with young farmers. Now in its second year of operation, ‘Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ has started conducting life skill and active citizenship workshops in 10 additional Communities. This program so far had a direct outreach of 2700 families. Parenting and grassroots child-care has been conducted in two new Communities in the year. Currently, ‘Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation is actively working with 23 communities in Southeast working on different issues in different communities.
In order to give a push to these projects, 'Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ has identified the need for:
a) Help the vulnerable improve and maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle and to maximize their quality of life.
b) Starting of 2 Resource Centers in southeast to address the needs of farmers
a) Resource Centers for youth to learn vocational skills.
b) Resource and Empowerment Centers for farmers to equip them with skills in farming.
Vision and Goal
The vision and goal of Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian foundation is to create change in the lives of communities that are living in poverty and strengthen Social Protection, Education, healthcare, housing support and specific interventions. The aim is to ensure that everyone everywhere has enough good-quality food to lead a healthy life. Achieving this Goal will require better access to food and the widespread promotion of sustainable agriculture. This entails improving the productivity and incomes of small-scale farmers by promoting equal access to land, technology and markets, sustainable food production systems and resilient agricultural practices. It also requires increased investments through international cooperation to booster the productive capacity of agriculture in developing countries.
Involving people, applying knowledge and making things happen. We take as our Motto “Peace, social justice, diversity, fun and democracy as key values” which guide us.
‘Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ is registered as a Trust with Mr AKARAONYE Samuel Ifeanyi, Engr. Greg Ntiwunka, Mr. Joseph Ehioma and Ms James Rosita Nkeiruka as the Board of Trustees.
The ‘Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ Team is currently led by Chief Augustine Anyanwu and comprises of Mr.Dominic Anyanwu, Agnes Cletus Bassey, Mr. Chigbu Uchenna Ezekiel, Ms Anthonia Chuke etc.
Aims and Objectives
The aim and objectives of Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation is; To ensure that the poor and those affected with covid-19 pandemic is fed and able to eat daily. To provide housing for the less privileged. To render support to orphans and orphanage. To create opportunities to motivate young people to aspire to be great and become agents of change in the society.
The project was implemented in the rural communities in Imo State and Lagos State. The direct beneficiaries are the vulnerable and malnourished children in rural communities and those affected by covid-19 pandemic. The main objective of the ‘operation feed the poor program is to improve the nutritional status of the community. Thus, the objectives of the feeding program are; to supplement the diets of weaker sections of the community to combat undernutrition, to educate the community for combating and preventing malnutrition.
The impact of the underlying problem on the target population.
Nigeria was particularly vulnerable to the economic impacts of Covid-19 due to the absence of a functioning social security system capable of providing support to households that lost jobs and income during the crisis. Although the pandemic has brought into sharp focus the importance of the right to social security, Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, noted in January 2021 that over 70 percent people worldwide have no or only partial social security coverage. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the livelihoods and access to food of urban communities in Imo and Lagos State, as a five-week lockdown, an economic downturn, and rising food prices have left many households struggling to feed their families. As Nigeria saw its first confirmed cases of Covid-19, the federal government on March 30 imposed a lockdown in Lagos, neighbouring Ogun state, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja – the areas with the most confirmed cases at that time. The five-week lockdown, which restricted movement and required all except essential services to close, had a devastating economic impact. “We have many people who work today to eat tomorrow, falling incomes, rising food prices, and the absence of government support combined to leave many people going hungry. “Before the lockdown a [50 kilograms] bag of rice was 18,000 Naira ($44), during the lockdown it was 22,500 ($55), and after the lockdown it’s 25,000, and now it has skyrocketed to 38,000 Naira ($92.68)
S/N DESCRIPTION AMOUNT
1 In-kind contribution $467.47
Carthegen empowerment centre $300
Donation from St Louis Convent $200.35
Miscellaneous Donation $195.67
GRAND TOTAL OF INCOME= $1,163.49
S/N DESCRIPTION AMOUNT
1 Community outreach $750.20
2 TRAVEL/MILEAGE $150
3 Printing/photocopy of flyers $60
4 Voluntary Staff appreciation $200
5 TELEPHONE BILLS $30
6 Graphic artist $50
GRAND TOTAL $1,240.2
GRAND TOTAL OF expenditures = $1,240.2
Deficit = -76.71
Difficulties and Challenges
The major challenges we are facing in carrying out our humanitarian services is insufficient funding and sponsorship. The persistence of hunger is no longer a matter of food availability. Rather, in many countries that failed to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) hunger target, natural and human-induced disasters or political instability have resulted in food insecurity affecting large swathes of the population.
Sustainability of the Project:
The ability of our organization as a whole to survive and to meet our mission goal, we embark on an entrepreneurial venture, as a way of raising money for community, financial and organizational sustainability. The foundation runs a food production, processing and packaging factory. We have been partnering with a company in processing our food items for sales. We are working hard to build our own factory for our organizational sustainability, and to help youth that have vocational skill to acquaint themselves with entrepreneurial skills to be resourceful and useful to themselves and society at large. The procurement of the necessary equipment for production, processing and packaging of organic raw materials(food) and construction of a multi-purpose hall that will accommodate our factory and other activities is our priority, we can achieve this through external sources like grants and long-term funding or through internal sources like income-generating activities or membership fees. And to actualize our mission and goal, we have these points as our guiding principles: Collaborative leadership, member-driven decisions,
effective communication, change-ready and adaptive workforce continuous improvement, on- going evaluation and measurement, sound financial infrastructure.
Annexed below is a sample of this section that has been drawn from the project report of ‘Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ – a non-profit organization that works with young adolescents, youths and adult in rural Communities.
*Overview of the Program:
We at ‘Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ very much value exposure, interaction and peer learning processes. Our recent interactions with more than 20 Communities have reinforced this belief. We are now looking out for support to create 2 youth resource and Empowerment centers in southeast, Nigeria where young, adult etc can come together, co-create learning experiences and contribute positively to the community development. We plan to utilize these resource Empowerment centers as spaces for involving the youth and adult in “self-development” and ‘social action’ projects of various kind.
'Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ has the required experience and expertise to design and run social action campaigns. We feel campaigns are great opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, highlight social issues, develop deeper understanding about issues and mobilize young people. Campaigns give energy and take care of youth and adult needs such as fun, interaction, novelty etc. We want to organize a campaign each year highlighting youth action.
What we have achieved so far?
‘Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ is now an accepted name in more than 35 Communities. Our volunteers are personally known to tens of thousands of families in southeast. As a part of self-development initiative, we have conducted workshops in more than 25 Communities in the last 3 years with a direct outreach of approximately 4000 people in the last 3 years. We have so far organized one major campaign in nearby villages where they went and identified families who were not buoyant enough to Carter for their family’s needs.
Since the beginning ‘Sam Onyemaechi Humanitarian Foundation’ has been running out several programs in Communities promoting spirit of volunteerism and celebrating youth led social action. We have organized a major social action project titled ‘Change for life’ in 10 large Communities with an approximate outreach of around 23000 peoples. This project involved collecting and donating used and unused clothes blankets, shoes, food items to the needy.
What we propose?
In this project we propose to undertake the following activities under the aegis of the Resource and Empowerment Center for youth and adult. Youth Resource and Empowerment Center: We wish to build 2 new Youth Resource and Empowerment Centers (YREC) in Southeast over a period of next two years – one for the first-generation school goers and the second for adult in rural Communities. At the end of the two years, we would have been running 2 Youth and adult Resource and Empowerment Centers and the third year would be dedicated to further strengthen and better the functioning of these 2 resource and Empowerment centers.
We will design and run campaigns involving adolescents’ young people and adult from rural and urban areas every year starting with the end of year 1. The theme of the campaign will be designed by the adolescents. This will help them to consolidate their learnings and create awareness about social issues.
Nigeria’s federal and state governments should ensure the rights to food, shelter, and other basic necessities for people losing jobs or income during the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic assistance that the government has announced in response to the virus has exposed inadequacies in Nigeria’s social protection systems and risks excluding the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Millions of Nigerians observing the COVID-19 lockdown lack the food and income that their families need to survive,” said Anietie Ewang, Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The government needs to combine public health measures with efforts to prevent the pandemic from destroying the lives and livelihoods of society’s poorest and most vulnerable people.