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

STRENGTHENING 100 VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS IN CALABAR FIRST QUARTER REPORT

The Foundation in continuous support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Calabar South, Calabar Municipality and Akamkpa Local Government Areas of Cross River State has provided services in the domain of healthy, safe, schooled and stable to children and caregivers enrolled in to its program. It has also extended some of such services to members of the communities where it is currently implementing.

On Healthy; during home visits, 30 households, (with 57 children; 30 males and 27 females; and 23 caregivers; 6 males and 24 females) were provided with health and nutrition education. This service was pertinent in order to uphold the wellbeing of beneficiaries by preventing diseases and promoting good health. These services were also provided alongside Nutritional Assessments especially for children who are under the ages of 5 and those who have previously been reported with nutrition disorders. Food supplements such as Tom brown was provided to caregivers during home visits to aid boost the immune system as well as improve the weight of the children as most of them were previously reported underweight. Referral for treatment of minor ailment of some children also was a service provided in the reporting period. The children were referred to Primary Health Care centres serving their communities and the medical bills were paid by the Foundation.

On Safe: After an awareness creation on birth registration by National Population Commission to caregivers in the previous quarter, our staff took to the filling of Form B1s for birth registration for children without birth certificates enrolled into the program. On this domain, the Foundation in collaboration with the Child Protection Network, Calabar Municipality Chapter conducted a sensitization with teachers of one of the most populous secondary schools in Calabar Municipality on alternative disciplinary measures. This alternative measures are meant to replace the traditional corporal punishments in schools which are regarded as physical abuse by the Cross River State Child Rights Law (2009). Twenty (20) teachers were sensitized on the various types of abuse, how they can be identified, reported and followed-up with appropriate authorities. Adolescents in the program were provided with counselling and life skills training during the quarters’ Kids and Adolescent Club Meeting. The meeting provided a platform to review children’s educational performance; achievements, challenges and way forward as well as session on team building where team building games were used to narrate the importance of team building among adolescents as well as how to develop such a skill.

On Schooled: Twenty-three (23) children were supported educationally in the reporting period. The various services provided in this domain were payment of school fees and levies, provision of writing materials, school visits, academic performance etc. 4 primary schools with 9 children (8 males and 1 female) and 8 secondary schools with 33 children (14 males and 19 females) were visited and school fees paid for. The visit to the school also included visit to teachers. These (teachers) which was strongly recognised in our last quarter, were an important stakeholder in the development of the child. They provided the Foundation staff with detailed performance of school and suggested how to work together to address some of the issues faced by some of the children especially those in Akamkpa LGA. The quarterly Caregivers Forum serves as a platform to educate caregivers on several prevalent issues concerning their children. This quarter’s caregivers Forum addressed the issue of age appropriate sex education for children. The forum also addressed issues of academic performance of children and how caregivers can play roles to address the identified issues such as poor punctuality to school, poor academic grades.

On Stable: Older adolescents and caregivers were supported with financial education during home visits. The education featured budgeting for children’s needs, savings and income generation.

Monitoring and Evaluation: In the reporting period, monitoring tools were administered during home and school visits. Examples of such tools are the Nutrition assessments tool, educational assessment tool, home visit and school visit tool etc. The services provided were documented into the household care plan and service forms in the beneficiaries’ folders.

Next Step: The Foundation is still mobilizing resources to roll out the empowerment of caregivers through the provision of starter packs in order to improve household income and in turn the entire wellbeing of children and adults in the household. We appreciate our partners who continue to play an important role in improving the lives of vulnerable households in Calabar. Your kind support means a lot to our team and the children we support.

Thank you.

Edidiong David

Program Manager

 

 

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PROJECT REPORT STRENGTHEN 100 VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS IN CALABAR NOVEMBER 2021

 INTRODUCTION

The Professor Charles Effiong Foundation has in the preceding quarter provided services in the four service domains (stable, safe, schooled, and healthy) to her beneficiaries. These services were provided in order to continuously build the skills of caregivers to provide the basic needs of children in their care.

Home visits, school visits, Kids and Adolescents Club Meetings (KCM), and Caregivers’ Forum (CF) were strategies used to conduct assessments and as well as provide services to both caregivers and children. A total of 30 Households (30 caregivers; 6 males and 24 females; 57 children; 30 males and 27 females) were visited during the quarter. A total of 4 primary schools with 9 children (8 males and 1 female) and 8 secondary schools with 33 children (14 males and 19 females) were visited in the quarter. KCM and CF were conducted in the reporting period where 23 caregivers (4 males and 19 females) and 49 Children (18 males and 31 females) were in attendance. The following are issues gathered from the visits and meetings;

  1. Caregivers’ low knowledge on birth registration and child abuse as some of the children did not have birth certificates and the caregivers’ had negative perception towards birth registration;
  2.  Caregivers themselves are perpetrators of physical and emotional abuse especially.
  3. Caregivers’ poor financial planning knowledge leading to non-prioritization of children’s welfare
  4. Children experience of minor ailments such as fever, malaria, and skin rashes.

Following the issues identified, several services were planned and provided on the various service domains;

  1. Household Economic Strengthening: The Foundation based on the issues identified, organized financial education basic using the Child Optimized Financial Education (COFE) Training Manual during the Quarterly Caregivers’ Forum which lasted for 2 days. The training reached 30 caregivers (6 males and 24 females) and 15 adolescents (7 males and 8 females) enrolled in the project. This was due to the issue being identified as a common problem in the community usually identified by children dropping out of school. The training which was facilitated by the Foundation’s Programme Manager with the aid of the manual covered financial planning, budgeting, development of seasonal calendar considering their fat and lean periods in the calendar development, Goal setting, Income, expenses, savings, and borrowings was also addressed in the 2 days forum in the manual.  The output of the training was setting of goals by the participants, and developing a seasonal calendar with a focus on prioritizing the needs and welfare of children
  2. Healthy: Nutritional supplements such as Vitamin A and food supplement such as Tom brown was provided to twenty (20) children (6 Males and 14 females) in the reporting period. This was also complemented with health and nutrition education to caregivers and children during the Kids and Adolescents Club Meetings and Caregivers’ Forum, emphasizing the use of locally available foodstuffs which are usually cheap and have high nutrient content enough to provide daily dietary requirements to children depending on their age. WASH services were also provided focusing on handwashing, use of clean water and washing of fruits before eating.   In the reporting period, escort service to Primary Health Care Centres was provided to Five (5) children (2 Males and 3 females) who presented signs of malaria and skin rashes.
  3. Schooled:  The issues identified during school and home visits were addressed during Kids and Adolescent Club Meetings, Caregivers’ Forum, and the school visits. During the meetings and the Forum, facilitated by the Foundation’s staff, caregivers and children were helped to identify factors that caused their poor academic performance and school attendance. Some identified factors included low household income which leads to food insecurity, poor parental supervision, non-availability of some subject teachers and school materials. This was also addressed by the provision of school materials, such as exercise and textbooks, school bags, etc. to 50 children (12 males and 38 females). In this reporting period, the state witnessed an industrial strike which left our children to remain at home as schools were also affected. The Foundation seized the opportunity to provide lessons to children (especially those preparing for the 2021/2022 WASSCE.
  4. Safe: Caregivers and adolescents (10-17 years) were sensitized on the importance of birth registration. The activity was to ensure that every child in the program is provided with a legal identity.

 As mentioned in our last quarter's next step, the Foundation concluded on its market assessment exercise in her project communities. Based on its findings, caregivers were counseled on the kind of income-generating activities to engage in taking into consideration their individual interest, level of income, the demand rates of the products in the community, and seasonality of the product. As mentioned in our last quarter plan that based on the funds raised, the Foundation shall provide start-up packs for beneficiaries.

Monitoring and Evaluation: As is the policy in Charles Edet Effiong Foundation and in line with the national protocol of service provision to beneficiaries, services provided were updated on each household and beneficiary’s folders. Data quality assessment was run on the database to track data entry gaps, and corrections were effected and documented.

OUR NEXT STEPS: For the next fiscal year 2022, the Foundation is intensely mobilizing for resources that will aid in the empowerment of household caregivers in the provision of start-up packs to boost financial capacity and thus improve children’s wellbeing.  We appreciate our partners who continue to play an important role in improving the lives of vulnerable households in Calabar. Your kind support means a lot to our team and the children we support. As we all navigate our way out of the current global crisis, we appreciate your kind and continuous support towards strengthening the livelihoods of the vulnerable households who have been impacted disproportionately economically by the global pandemic.

Regards

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SUPPORT 50 VULNERABLE CHILDREN NOVEMBER, THIRD QUARTER 2021 REPORT

In order to fulfill our mission of providing care and support to vulnerable children and their families, Professor Charles Effiong Foundation has continued to support the education of vulnerable children in school. In this preceding quarter under review, the Foundation reached fifty vulnerable children (50; 27 males and 23 females), across four (4) primary and eight (8) secondary schools in the Southern Senatorial District of Cross River State.

These children were provided with educational support in the form of payment of school fees, provision of school materials, and academic performance assessments during routine school visits paid to the schools by the Foundation’s staff. Individual and family counseling was also provided to children and/or parents to address issues of poor academic performance and other life-challenging situations faced by the children and the family at large.

These were provided to support children in our project communities whose parents do not have sufficient money due to the burden of poverty and increased cost of living. This situation is evident in the increased incidence of out-of-school children in schools in the project communities and also poor school attendance.

Our intervention as an organization has increased school re-enrolment and attendance as caregivers are counseled on the importance of education and thus the need to prioritize the service for their wards. It has also improved the academic performance of children through rigorous engagements and follow-ups with caregivers and the children themselves. Parent-children, as well as the children-teacher relationship, has also improved as our intervention also brings into bear the perspective and support of teachers in the schools.

The psycho-social improvement evident in some of our children are our achievements based on our continuous interventions. This is seen in the attendance of quiz competitions, training, and other competitions. Worthy of note is the Do your Bits Competition participated by one of our children with her classmates. She developed an intervention using micro bits to address the issue of missed ante-natal care attendance by pregnant women. 

The Foundation remains grateful for your continuous support in enabling her to achieve her goal of providing care and support for vulnerable households thereby restoring the hopes of many in the society.

Edidiong David,

 Program Manager

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PROJECT REPORT STRENGTHEN 100 VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS IN CALABAR In line with the current revised national standard of service for vulnerable children in Nigeria which has reduced the service areas from 6+1 domains to four domains, Charles Edet Effiong Foundation provided services in the four service domains which include stable, safe, schooled, and healthy. In this second quarter of the year 2021, the Foundation has provided a plethora of services to improve the capability of caregivers to meet the basic needs of children under their care- through the following service domains. 1. HEALTHY • Nutrition Assessment and Counselling Support (NACs): As part of our routine assessment, all children on our program have been reached with Nutrition Assessment and Counselling support. The objective of the activity was to screen for severe Acute Malnutrition amongst our children and provide adequate interventions. At the end of the activity, none was found, caregivers were counseled on the use of locally available resources to make nutritious food for children to ensure their children were provided with the required dietary requirements to stay healthy. WASH /Health Education: Caregivers were also provided with information on Water Hygiene and sanitation to help them to know the need to develop and maintain a habit of handwashing, the use of clean drinking water for them and their children as well as a clean environment for the general wellbeing of their households. 2. SCHOOLED • Payment of school fees and provision of scholastic materials: The desire of the Foundation to ensure every child learns and is given the atmosphere to develop and attain their full developmental milestones as other children of their ages. Children on our program were supported with school fees and scholastic materials to enable them to participate fully in school and classwork for academic excellence. • School visit/ Educational and Academic performance assessment: In furtherance of the desire to ensure children do well in their academic pursuit, it was necessary to embark on a routine school visit to our children in school to improve the bond between them and the foundation, get their feedback on the project, this also served as a means to know the welfare of the children in school. Educational and Academic performance assessment was carried out with the aim of ensuring that children are attending school regularly, academic performance assessment was also done, to evaluate each child’s academic performance. Issues bordering around subject combination and career choices for children in senior classes were discussed with the children and their class teachers, and proper counseling on the issues identified was provided to the children 3. SAFE • Caregivers Forum And Kids ‘club Meeting: The foundation used the Caregivers’ forum, and kids/ adolescent clubs as platforms to determinate information on birth registration awareness on the need for every child to have a legal identity, and the importance of parental involvement in children’s education, information on gender norms and gender-based violence was also shared during the fora. Caregivers and children gained knowledge on where to report whenever they were abused, violated and how to carry out whistleblowing in the case where any member of their community was being violated 4. STABLE • Financial Education: Our caregivers who are engaged in petty trading, were provided with financial education, money management, and bookkeeping to enable them to manage their incomes and expenditure, prioritized their expenditure, and increasing their savings. • Market Assessment: As mentioned in our last quarter's next step, the foundation carried out a market analysis to see the kinds of income-generating activities, and trades that were predominant in the part of Calabar where our beneficiaries reside. This process is ongoing and shall be completed in the next quarter. Monitoring and Evaluation: As is the policy in Charles Edet Effiong Foundation and in line with the national protocol of service provision to beneficiaries, services provided were updated on each household and beneficiary’s folders. Data quality assessment was run on the database to track data entry gaps, and corrections were effected and documented. OUR NEXT STEPS In the third quarter of the year 2021, we plan to complete our market assessment of the area as well as map, network and collaborate with other organizations to provide skills acquisition to beneficiaries of our program. Depending on the funds we can raise, we hope to also provide low startup capital to caregivers on our project for microbusiness startups for the sustainability of the project. We appreciate our partners who continue to play an important role in improving the lives of vulnerable households in Calabar. Your kind support means a lot to our team and the children we support. As we all navigate our way out of the current global crisis, we appreciate your kind and continuous support towards strengthening the livelihoods of the vulnerable households who have been impacted disproportionately economically by the global pandemic.

Regards, 

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PROJECT REPORT

BY EDIDIONG DAVID- PROGRAM MANAGER

STRENGTHEN 100 VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS IN CALABAR

In line with the national standard of service for vulnerable children in Nigeria, and the planned activities shared in our last quarter report, Charles Edet Effiong Foundation provided services in the seven domains of service provision in the last quarter which includes, nutrition, health, education, shelter and care, psychosocial support, household economic strengthening and legal protection.

In this first quarter of the year 2021, the foundation has provided several services to ensure that caregivers are supported to meet the basic needs of their children through the following service areas.

1. Nutrition and health services to children and their caregivers: 4 children (3 females and 1 male) who were found to be severely malnourished (having a Mid-Upper Arm Circumference- MUAC  of < 11cm ) were escorted to health facilities and thereby treated for other minor ailments like malaria and typhoid fever. They were also  provided with micronutrients and enrichment mix. Tom-Brown was prepared by the Foundation's Household Economic Strengthening/Nutrition Officer and handed to the children's caregiver, informing them also on how it can be prepared as well as the proportions of the ingredients. Caregivers were also trained on homestead farming/gardening to improve household food security and dietary supplies. The Foundation also provided Food Packs to help cushion the effect of COVID-19 on the source of household incomes/livelihood which has greatly affected food security and in turn malnutritionin households. Frequent home visits were paid to the households to monitor adherence to dietary proportions and progress. The health of the children has greatly improved. Their MUAC  have increased to >13 cm, which indicates recovery.

 

2.  Education: The desire of the Foundation to ensure every child learns and is given the atmosphere to develop and attain their full developmental milestones as other children of their ages, necessitated the visit to beneficiaries in school to ensure that they are attending school regularly. Academic performance assessment were also conducted to evauate children. Those who were seen not to perform well, the Foundation team engaged with their class teachersand caregivers on to identify and plan on ways of supporting children improve. Children were also supported through the payment of school fees and provision of school materials during the period under review. 

 

3. Psychosocial Support: During the preceding reporting period, counseling support was provided to caregivers and children during home visits. Parenting gaps observed and identified from teachers during school visits were also discussed with caregivers during these visits. The Foundation also facilitated Caregivers’ Forum, and Kids/ Adolescent Clubs in clusters for easy access and management to provide ART adherence support, nutrition education and counselling support, better parenting information, and importance of education.

 

4. Household Economic Strengthening: This service area is the key intervention area in Charles Edet Effiong Foundation programing. Services were provided to beneficiaries in the areas of financial education and money management. Caregivers were also supported to develop seasonal calendars which will help them plan their income, expenditures as well as investments in seasons.Caregivers were also taken through sessions to identify new income streams which will increase income and in turn, improve living condition and increase saving possibilities. 

 

5.   Monitoring and Evaluation: Services provided to beneficiaries were updated on each beneficiary’s folders. Data quality assessment was conducted on the database to ensure that the needed data was captured and correctly entered. Summary of the monthly services provided was printed and submitted to the Local Government Council Monitoring and Evaluation Unit as well as the Women Development Officer respectively for accountability purposes. Acknowledgement copies were filed and documented at the PCEF office.

 

Our next steps: In the upcoming quarter, the project plans to;

a. conduct market assessment of beneficiaries' reisidence to map, network and collaborate with other organizations to provide skill acquisition to beneficiaries on the project, especially older children

b. provide start-up capital to caregivers for micro-business start-ups.

 

We are grateful to our esteemed sponsors who have played a key role in bettering the lives of vulnerable households in Calabar. Your kind support means a lot to us. We know the world is currently going through numerous crisis but in all, we can make a difference in lives of many by supporting us to continue in this project. It is okay if you cannot support us at present, however, you can also say a word of goodwill to your family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances about our project and how they can support.

Thank you

 

Edidiong David

Programme Manager

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Location: Calabar - Nigeria
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Odo Effiong
Calabar, Cross River Nigeria
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