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As part of our efforts to bring our words to action and working with other partner organizations, Our quarterly bulletin shows and gives an overview of what we have been able to do for the quarter in our various thematic areas of Agriculture, Health, Education, Governance and Socio-economic Development.

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UNICEF, introduced the Girls for Girls Project in August 2017 and with support from The Zamfara State Government and Life Helpers Initiative has succeeded in enrolling 4,099 girls in schools.

The project is centered on educating and ensuring that girls are retained in school from the upper primary to Junior secondary school as it is no longer news that female children in the Northern part of the country are not allowed to go to school and even if allowed aren’t retained in schools as they prefer hawking petty things or stay at home for domestic chores.

The G4G project has been designed in such a way that mentors are attached to a group of girls in their schools and meetings are held from time to time to educate them on the G4G manual which contains topics like confidence, self-worth and more.

4,099 girls’ enrollment were spread to 100 selected schools in six Local Government Areas of Anka, Talatu-Mafara, Shinkafi, Kaura-Namoda, Bugudu and Tsafe.

The most interesting part of the G4G is that out of the 4,099 girls, 960 among them were trained on social, vocational and health based issues.

 

 

The Executive Director, Life Helpers Initiative explained in details at the Media dialogue meeting held at Zamfara

We are very much aware of the possibilities; very persuaded that if the necessary conditions girls can emerge from the woods of education depravity and begin to better be set to meet the challenges of their immediate future. Following the enrolment of girls into the G4G Groups, the commencement of the weekly Life Skills development, a 5 days Leadership Training was held for the student group leaders during which key basic leadership skills were impacted to these young girls along with other Life Skills, Health related topics.

 

One key activity was the training of the girls on vocational skills, which could serve as an impetus for the young fertile minds to be self sufficient. Nasara Shittu a 13 years old from Ummu Hattu Mumini Jangeru Shinkafi LGA, took hold of the knowledge on bead making within a short period of time and being determined, Nasara was able to hand make necklaces with beads and earrings from the materials she was given to take home from the training.

Even though Hauwa’u Abdullahi is a 12-year-old schooling at Badamo Model Primary School Jangeru, Shinkafi LGA , she took up the challenge of teaching other girls. She intends to take advantage of the festive period to sell her bead work. Hauwa’u said “I bought stones for the bead work myself through the support I got from my parents but kept the strings from the training to make these colorful beads and I enjoy making them, I’m happy that I know something else aside assisting with house chores and learning ABC’ she concluded.

Hauwa’u Abdullahi

 

For Zaraú Basiru a 15-year-old resident of the same Jangeru community, who also attended the training, a student of Ummu Hattu Mumini IQS, said she mastered more the slippers while the training was going on with a determined mind that with this knowledge she wont walk barefooted to school again. I thank Allah for the G4G Project

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In October 2017, as part of the technical institutional capacity support of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) Abuja, a 3-day Media/Communication training was held for all LHI Staffs for the first day while the last 2 days were zeroed in on the staffs involved our communication/media related activities.

The training objective was to support LHI in developing a strong, viable and sustainable Communication framework in ensuring that LHI is able to communicate more effectively and efficiently.

A team of 3 came in from NDI, led by Laura Ingalis, an experience Communication Experts with Annabel Ugwoke and Ene Ede from Search for Common Grounds. Sessions were held on Public Speaking, Social Media, Photography, Website development, Newsletters, traditional communications funnel, Style Guide and Building Relationships

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Before now, we are timid and backbenchers but through the various innovative and focused capacity building, women especially Kilgori women are saying, ’no more to just warming the bench. The Kilgori Women Group with technical support from LHI organized an awareness outreach on the 21st Nov 2017 at Kilgori community, Yabo LGA, Sokoto State.

The outreach was aimed at educating, enlightening and engaging the larger communities especially women on their rights and responsibilities as a citizen, voters’ registration, highlighting the challenges women faces with possible solutions and the benefits of their active participation in every aspect of life especially in the areas of health, water, sanitation and education.

The outreach had in attendance Honorable Councilor of the community who commended the women’s effort towards the development of their community also commended Life Helpers Initiative and National Democratic Institute for their great effort in transforming the women in the community. The Honorable Commissioner of Basic and Secondary Education graced the occasion in Kilgori on the women’s invitation spoke on the importance of voter’s card and encouraged the women on education.

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With the support of the USAID through National Democratic Institute (NDI) Abuja, in partnership with Life Helpers Initiative (LHI), the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MOWAC) organized a day meeting along with other critical stakeholders to develop the Terms of Reference for the position of a Women Desk Officer in the Local Government level on the 7th December 2017 at the Women Development Center Sokoto

 

The Women Desk Office is one of the key project desired outcome as we implement the Increasing Women Participation in local governance through Advocacy under the Electoral Empowerment Civil Society Project; the position is designed to support the aggregation of the needs of women, children anf people with special needs at the local in line with the Draft Sokoto State Gender Policy which is currently waiting for approval.

 

Key stakeholders at the meeting included Hajia Kulu A. Sifawa (Hon Comm. MoWAC), Hajia Aisha Dantsoho (Perm Sec. MoWAC), Mallam Aliyu Abubakar Tureta(Hon. Chairman Rabah LG), Mal. Salisu L. (Hon. Chairman Tureta LG), Dr Kulu Haruna, former Commissioner of Education, Prof Aisha Madawaki Isah MFR, former Commissioner, MoWAC. There were others in attendance such as distinguished honourable members of the House of Assembly, NDI Country Director, Mr Aubrey and Annabel Ugwoke Program Officer NDI, LHI team.

 

Key component of the ToR include goal of the position, Objectives, Key Duties & Responsibilities, Qualifications & other key desirables, Reporting mechanism.

 

 

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Adama Dan Maiya, a 20 years old mother of one from Unguwar Narba in (Kardi community) of Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State; benefitted from the Income generation aspect of Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihood Project and was issued a grant of N30,000 out of which she used N11,000 in purchasing some chemicals for pomade production.

Adama has been able to successfully manage her pomade business.

During the course of the project intervention, we had earlier helped her to set up a sewing business for quite some time; N15, 000 of the grant received was used to purchase another sewing machine to boost her business. Being a member of the Savings and Internal Lending Community she has saved the sum of N16,000.

Through our multi-facet livelihood interventions, Adama’s life has been greatly affected positively, as she and her child can now feed properly as well as provide for her parents.

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LHI sponsored a Live Radio Talk-show focusing on the Girl-child education and the G4G program. The show which was held at Zamfara Radio in Zamfara State where LHI is implementing the Girls For Girls(G4G) program, had in attendance key partners from ZSUBEB, SAME and LHI’s G4G Program Officer.

The radio show was a platform to deliberate and enlighten people in the state on the challenges faced by the girl-child in terms of education, strategies being put in place to solve these problems  and the importance of educating females in Rural communities. The one hour program was also a platform for  listeners within the state to phone in and render their opinions on Girl-child education.

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The STEER project has structures that help in improving and developing their community by sensitizing and enlightening caregivers and community residents on essentials.

Children With Their Uniforms

This particular structure referred to as CQIT (community quality improvement team) has single handedly provided school uniforms for 16VC (vulnerable children) in Gawazzai Ward of Binji LGA. This is indeed a breakthrough as these men are not only enlightening the people around them but they are also putting in their resources and this has encouraged caregivers to allow their children stay in school and remain focused.

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Ladi Sani a member of Godiya VSLA in Labani Village who has been into “FURA” business for some years, has indeed improved her business through the intervention of STEER and the loan gotten from the VSLA group she belongs to. Ladi sells “FURA” at a very small quantity and realizes the sum of #500 to #800 before the intervention.

She acquired the sum of #3,000 from the savings group and has increased the quantity she sells and now realizes a profit of #2,000 to #3,000 at once, Ladi says she even takes her “FURA” to the market on market days and sells all her stock. She has not only received loan she has also been able to refund the loan received from the group and has been supporting her family greatly since the turn around.

 

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