NNADOZIE FOUNDATION PROVIDES SOLUTIONS TO THE GREATEST CHALLENGES FACED BY WOMEN AND GIRLS IN NIGERIA, INCLUDING POVERTY, DISCRIMINATION, UNEMPLOYMENT, POOR EDUCATION AND HEALTH.
Poverty continues to plague Africa’s most populous Nation, Nigeria. Women are most affected by poverty, consequently leading to poor living conditions, health and nutrition especially in the rural areas. The social aspects of the problem that lies in association with poverty includes social exclusion and a sense of hopelessness.
We believe Women are key to breaking the vicious cycle of poverty in Nigeria. When women prosper everyone around them benefits, and the community at large is positively impacted.
Nnadozie foundation alleviates poverty through her highly effective capacity building and empowerment program(CBE) for rural women.
We provide rural women with the training and support they need to start up small businesses and grow their way out poverty. We not only provide training, we also supply the women with equipment and vital inputs that can enable a successful business start-up.
Here Is How We Do It:
THE NNADOZIE FOUNDATION UNIQUE CAPACITY BUILDING AND EMPOWERMENT (CBE) MODEL.
Selection of participants:
Participants are identified and selected through the recognized community women’s group, consultation with community members and baseline surveys conducted by experienced field officers. By working with these local stakeholders, Nnadozie foundation integrates local community leaders and members to become the drivers of performance who encourage the success of project participants in their communities. Selected participants are required to provide suitable spaces for their business which will be verified by the foundation.
Training in Selected business area and business management:
The foundation provides skill acquisition training in viable business areas such as fashion and design, hairdressing, bead making, commercial poultry farming, fishery and more. Furthermore, participants are introduced to basic business management practices including profit making, record keeping, marketing, savings, investing, and growing the business. After the training participants are assessed to determine their suitability for the project.
Successful participants receive vital inputs such as equipment, stock and other materials to enable a business start-up. On special occasions the foundation may give business start-up grants to participants. The contribution of participants is to provide suitable spaces for their businesses, which will be verified by the foundation.
Participants receiving equipment and vital inputs for business start-up.
1 Year Professional Coaching and Support:
After the launch of their businesses, Nnadozie foundation continues to offer business advice, professional assistance and market links for up to 1 year. Where possible we also facilitate the opening of personal bank accounts for participants. Our well- developed monitoring tools, periodic visits and calls to each business owner help us to keep track of progress.
Facilitation of access to loans and micro- credit:
Nnadozie foundation facilitates access to small loans by encouraging the establishment of cooperative societies by project beneficiaries after 4 months of business take off. This enables members access loans from financial institutions and other donors.
Incentive for Successful participants:
Nnadozie foundation offers rewards and incentives to participants who successfully sustain and grow their small business for two years. They receive more funds, training and opportunities to further expand their business. This encourages business continuity, hard work and healthy competition among women in the community.
Our model is simple, efficient and scalable and we have begun implementing it in some Local Government areas of Abia State.
Nigeria has the world’s second highest number of deaths in children under five, losing around 2,700 every day from a ratio of 120 per 1,000. Only one out of three babies is delivered in a health facility. The poorest among Nigeria’s population continue to be most in peril, whatever their age.( UNICEF) The vulnerable such as women and children face the risk of preventable death due to inability to access medical care in good time as a result of long distance to hospital, inability to afford medication and lack of information. Where primary health centres are available in the community they are often poorly equipped and lack vital supplies with which to treat patients.
More than 80 per cent of new born deaths are due to prematurity, asphyxia, complications during birth or infections such as pneumonia and sepsis. These deaths can be prevented with access to well-trained midwives during antenatal and postnatal visits as well as delivery at a health facility, along with proven solutions like clean water and hand-washing, disinfectants, breastfeeding within the first hour, skin-to-skin contact, proper cord care, and good nutrition.
Too often, these simple cost-effective solutions are out of reach of the mothers and babies who need them the most in Nigeria. (UNICEF)
What We Are Doing:
Nnadozie foundation adopts a simple and proactive approach to combating the high rate of maternal and child deaths in our community through the S.H.E initiative.
The S.H.E project adopts direct and cost-effective interventions in these areas:
- Maternal and Infant health intervention.
- Health intervention for children aged 0-12 years.
- Support for Primary health centers.
Maternal and Infant Health Intervention:
This is designed to provide pregnant women with essential items and relevant information that will contribute to a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery. These items can prevent infections during delivery and contribute to health and wellbeing of mothers and infants. Infections at birth is one of the leading causes of maternal and infant mortality.
How we do it:
- Distribution of S.H.E delivery kits for pregnant women: The kits contain simple yet essential hygienically packaged items such as absorbent delivery mats, sterilized hand gloves, liquid antiseptic, sanitary pads and more. Presently women in rural areas deliver at home or with traditional birth attendants in mostly unhygienic conditions. In some cases, they lay on bare floors or use non-absorbent materials spread on the floor for delivery. The birth attendants sometimes carry out baby delivery with bare hands and unsterilized items. This often results in infection which is a leading cause of infant death.
- Sensitization sessions for Pregnant women: This involves providing women with important health information regarding pregnancy, baby development importance of antenatal and post-natal visits, immunizations and delivery in approved health centers. The importance of hygiene during and after delivery is emphasized. Sensitization is conducted in the local language to ensure that it is properly understood by the uneducated women.
- Use of Mobile technology for information dissemination: In communities where mobile network is available, mothers will regularly receive pregnancy health tips and reminders to attend antenatal and post-natal visits. The foundation also provides toll free helplines that enable mothers make enquiries, connect to qualified doctors in the city where necessary and get support.
- Payment of medical bills for extremely poor rural women in need of Caesarean sections or treatment for pregnancy related complications.
Health Intervention For Children aged 0-12.
This intervention is primarily to improve the chances of survival for disadvantaged children (0-12yrs) in rural areas in health emergency situations. The longer a child has to wait for treatment, the more severe the case can become. Immediate treatment can reduce risk and prevent death. Most rural communities lack health centres thus caregivers have to travel long distances to see a Doctor. In some communities where there are health centres they are either poorly equipped or lack medical personnel. Poverty also prevents caregivers from affording basic first aid supplies, which are essential for anyone who has children. This project will bridge the gap by making basic first aid information and essential care items available to care givers. Treated mosquito nets which will protect children from malaria will also be provided. This will in no small measure, enhance the chances of survival for children in rural areas.
How we do it.
- Distribution of S.H.E Children’s kit containing essential supplies such as NAFDAC-approved pre-packaged oral re-hydration salt, bandage, liquid antiseptic, cotton wool, disposable hand gloves, gauze to mothers of young children aged 0-12 years in rural communities where there are no primary health centres. In addition, the kit will contain treated mosquito nets which will prevent malaria for the children.
- Training of rural mothers on basic first aid procedures in the local language to enable them sustain child’s life until arrival at hospital.
- Sensitization on importance of immunization to encourage uptake and to educate and empower women to make more informed decisions about the health of their children.
- Use of Mobile technology for information dissemination: In communities where mobile network is available, mothers regularly receive health tips for children and reminders for children’s immunization schedules.
- The foundation provides toll free helplines that enable mothers make enquiries, connect to qualified doctors in the city where necessary and get support.
- Payment of medical bills for extremely poor children who require expert attention in secondary or tertiary hospitals.
Support For Primary Health Centres:
The S.H.E project supports the efforts of Government by donating essential medical supplies for women and children in the primary health centres at the rural communities and facilitating training for mid-wives and community health workers. Advocacy for the implementation of the “One primary health centre, per ward” to ensure universal health coverage is also undertaken. We support the call to improve availability of health centres and personnel in all the rural areas of Abia State.
GIRL- CHILD EMPOWERMENT
Poverty, early marriage, teenage pregnancy and gender discrimination are the leading factors which prevent young girls from fulfilling their aspirations in Nigeria. Girls from poor families are unable to further their education due to the poor economic condition of their families and a preference for educating boys. These girls are left at home to carry out domestic chores, making them easy victims of early marriage, teenage pregnancy and abuse. According to UNICEF “Educating children gives the next generation the tools to fight poverty and prevent disease, including malaria and AIDS. Educating girls, in particular, has a multiplier effect. Educated girls are more likely to marry later and have fewer children, who in turn will be more likely to survive and to be better nourished and educated. Educated women are more productive at home and better paid in the workplace, and more able to participate in social, economic and political decision-making. Only 39% of rural girls attend secondary school in Nigeria.’’
What We Are Doing:
Nnadozie foundation is committed to providing the girl child with opportunities and information that can enable her acquire an education and obtain life skills that will aid success in life.
How we do it:
- GirlsChamp Life Skills training : Nnadozie foundation through our GirlChamps project provides life skills training for young girls in key areas such as entrepreneurship, leadership, public speaking, basic computer training and confidence building. We also deliver comprehensive menstruation management information, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS Prevention information. Through our GirlsChamp project we provide a safe and fun space for girls to learn, share challenges, and exchange ideas and make new friends.
- Connect – to – Mentor opportunity: Participants at our GirlsChamp sessions get the opportunity to meet and learn from young and successful women in various professions. This is to inspire the girls to get an education and pursue their dreams. The girls will also be given the opportunity to connect with these role models after the session if they need further advice or support.
- Sensitization and Advocacy: Nnadozie foundation advocates for the rights of the girl child at the grass root level through town hall meetings with community members, engagement with stakeholders in education sector and Government. We also adopt the use of media for our campaigns.
- Upgrading facilities at Girls Schools: The poor infrastructure in many public girls schools discourage attendance. Nnadozie foundation is working to upgrade important structures such as hostels, toilets and classrooms to ensure the environment is conducive and safe for the girls.
- Education Scholarship: Nnadozie foundation offers education scholarship to brilliant girls from poor families. We also provide learning materials such as text books, mini laptops and writing materials to deserving girls.
Gender Based Discrimination and Violence:
Nnadozie foundation is passionate about stopping all forms of discrimination against women and children in Nigeria. Female genital mutilation, child marriage, sexual abuse and human trafficking continues to take place in Nigeria.
What we are doing:
Sensitization and Advocacy: Nnadozie foundation advocates for the rights of women and girls at the grass root level through sensitization sessions with survivors, community members and engagement with relevant authorities. We also adopt the use of media, posters and bill boards in the local language for our campaigns
Support for survivors: Nnadozie foundation provides succor to survivors through counseling, access to medical treatment, short stay accommodation to enable survivors find their feet and financial support.
Use of mobile technology to improve access to information and support: Nnadozie foundation provides toll free helplines for easy reporting. We also disseminated relevant information that can help victims get justice and recover from the experience.