Strengthen 100 Vulnerable Households in Calabar

by Charles Edet Effiong Foundation
Strengthen 100 Vulnerable Households in Calabar
Strengthen 100 Vulnerable Households in Calabar
Strengthen 100 Vulnerable Households in Calabar
Strengthen 100 Vulnerable Households in Calabar
Strengthen 100 Vulnerable Households in Calabar
Strengthen 100 Vulnerable Households in Calabar

Project Report | Apr 11, 2024
First Quarter Report for 2024

By Edidiong David | Project Leader

Our Happy children at school
Our Happy children at school

The Charles Edet Effiong Foundation, in its unrelenting efforts to restore the hopes of households in the southern part of Cross River State, continued its impactful initiatives in the first quarter of 2024. The focus of this support was on Educational support, Household Economic Strengthening support, Psychosocial Support, and Sustainable Health Support Services.

  1. Household Economic Strengthening Services: During the preceding quarter, the Foundation provided household economic strengthening services such as financial education for 35 caregivers (10 males and 15 females), and 27 (12 males and 15 females) adolescents enrolled in the PCEF program. To build our beneficiaries' resilience in the current global and national financial downturn, the team supported the 55 beneficiaries in developing a seasonal calendar, this helped them to diversify their income sources and also budget and plan for their finances, while prioritizing the needs of the children and their households.
  2. Psychosocial Support Services: The team recognizes the importance of mental health and psychosocial well-being amidst the current hardship exacerbated by an increased cost of living, the Foundation facilitated psychosocial counseling and mental health sessions for 35 caregivers (15 females and 10 males). The team explored one-on-one sessions during home visits to households in Calabar South, Calabar Municipality, and Akamkpa LGAs, addressing the unique challenges faced by beneficiaries in their respective households.
  3.  Sustainable Health Support Services: In line with the project's health objectives, the Foundation organized HIV Counseling and Testing services for 30 female-headed household caregivers and 50 children. All test results returned negative, providing relief and assurance to the beneficiaries. Additionally, 50 (20 males, 30 females) children were screened for Tuberculosis, with 5 children identified as presumptive cases, on referral to the health facility, their test results showed that they were negative. In addition, health education, sexual and reproductive health, and WASH messages were provided to adolescents and caregivers during home visits, two caregivers in Calabar South were referred for the uptake of family planning services.
  4. Educational Support Services: To provide one of her key direct services which is to create access to Quality Education, a contribution to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4- Quality Education. Information gathered from children who had dropped out of school, had poor academic performances, and those who were not regularly with the use of the vulnerable children educational and needs barrier assessment tool, informed the team on the factors affecting the children primarily and suggested interventions to address the problems. One of such factors was the low financial status of their caregivers which played out through lack of transportation to school, and lack of proper feeding. These were addressed through other thematic areas with interventions such as the provision of improved seedlings to caregivers to encourage home gardening and life skills education to both caregivers and adolescents. The Foundation mobilized funds and supported 50 children in both primary and secondary levels including senior examination classes in the payment of school and examination fees and levies across Calabar South, Calabar Municipality, and Akamkpa Local Government Areas of Cross River State of Nigeria. Below is a breakdown of the children in the various class categories that were supported;
  • Early Child hood Care and Development - 4 (1F, 3M); Calabar Municipality LGA - 3 (2M, 1F) Akamkpa LGA- 1Male
  • Primary school level-  17 (9M, 8F); Calabar South - 4 (2F, 2 M), Calabar Municipality LGA - 5 (3M, 2F),Akamkpa - 8 (4 M 4 F);
  • Junior secondary level - 15 (12M, 3F); Calabar Municipality LGA- 1M, Calabar South LGA- 5 (4M, 1F), Akamkpa 9 (7M, 2 F)
  • Senior Secondary level- 14 (8M, 6F); Calabar Municipality LGA 2, Calabar South 5 (2F, 3M), Akamkpa LGA- 7 (3M 4F)                                                                                                                                            .   5. Monitoring and Evaluation: To examine the quality and improvement level of our programs, the Foundation carried out a joint field visit with members of the community improvement team. The visit allowed our team to assess project implementation, and gather relevant feedback from beneficiaries and community stakeholders. This ongoing monitoring and evaluation process remains pivotal for expanding and improving our future initiatives.

 6.  Next Steps: Despite funding constraints impacting the original plan of providing small grants to 50 caregivers for business support, the Foundation remains resolute in its commitment. Looking forward to the next quarter, plans include mobilizing additional funds to extend support to 50 (15 males and 35 females) vulnerable caregivers. The success of these initiatives will hinge on funding availability and sustained collaboration with partners.

The Charles Effiong Foundation remains grateful to all its donors whose support has helped us stay dedicated to our mission of empowering and uplifting communities.

PCEF team with teachers and beneficiaries
PCEF team with teachers and beneficiaries
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Charles Edet Effiong Foundation

Location: Calabar - Nigeria
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Twitter: @pcefng
Project Leader:
Odo Effiong
Calabar , Cross River Nigeria

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