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

Beneficiaries Receiving Scholastic Materials

This particular structure referred to as CQIT (community quality improvement team) has been involved in contribution and in joint effort with the CCMWs (Community Case Management Workers) broke a remarkable record by providing, scholastic materials for VC (vulnerable children) from their personal savings in Maikulki community of Binji LGA. This is indeed a bold step as it will encourage parents to send their wards to school and that way reduce the level of drop out children in the community.

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Madam Ene Delivering Her Speech

Yanayiwuwa (it’s possible) a Hausa drama series aimed at bringing to light issues affecting women and the girl child in our communities, showcasing these issues and possible ways they can be addressed and solved. LHI in collaboration with NDI and SFCG organized this drama, the radio drama revolved around female education, women empowerment and ways women can be of assistance in the home. The purpose of this drama was to sensitize the society on the importance.

and need to empower women. The drama helped in reaching out to the grassroots and the gatekeepers on how an empowered woman can help in the development and transformation of the society. The first edition of this drama was aired for Eight (8) weeks from March 2017.

A feedback and assessment session of Yanayiwuwa Drama Series was held on 27th July 2017 at Tamaje Civic Hall Sokoto. The meeting was purported to discuss and share feedbacks from the previous drama series and to also deliberate on how to go about the second

PERM. SECRETARY MIN OF WOMEN AFFAIRS RENDERING A SPEECH.

edition in attendance were Search for Common Ground Team, National Democratic Institute(NDI), LHI, Media Stations and Print Media in the State. Important dignitaries present include the Honorable Speaker House of Assembly, Perm. Secretary Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender Desk Officers, Female Journalists and more.

 

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 In line with what the project is all about which is women participation in decision making process through advocacy. LHI organized a two (2) days training on advocacy for the women group leaders which took place in Tamaje Civic Hall of Life Helpers Initiative, the training which took place on the 20th and 21st of July, 2017 had in attendance 32 women leaders and 2 women desk.

The Program staff speaking on women rights

 

The meeting was planned to train the women leaders on how to identify issues and advocate for issues, how to stand firm as capable leaders in the community. The session commenced with explanations on advocacy: Advocacy as a process of  supporting and enabling people to:

  • Express their views and concerns.
  • Access information and services.
  • Defend and promote their rights and responsibilities.
  • Explore choices and options.

Cross Section Of Participants

The training took them through the theory of change where the participants knowledge was enhanced on what theory of change is and the 3 dimension of theory of change which is the Voice, Space and Accountability. The women were questioned on what the world think of women and what women represent, it was a participatory session as the women were able to identify challenges faced by women, solutions to these challenges and how to defend and promote their rights.

 

 

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It is my pleasure to heartily present to you, our annual report for the year 2016. The year under review has been very eventful; strong leap in our community efforts, strong internal changes to our structure and the process to redefine our thrust began.

Life Helpers Initiative (LHI) is a regional based non-governmental organization headquartered in Sokoto State, north west Nigeria. The organization is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission Abuja with CAC/IT/NO 25323, basically aims to see where Children, Youths, Women and Communities are empowered to live maximally in all aspects of life, socially, and health and economically through training, advocacy, community development initiatives, community mobilization and socio- economic development initiatives

below is the 2016 annual report ready for perusal

2016 ANNUAL REPORT

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