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This week has been a huge success story for Sokoto Women.

His Excellency, Sokoto State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Matawallen Sokoto, announced the appointment of 3 female Director Generals and 4 female Special Advisers in the state among whom were Dr Kulu Haruna, Hajiya Binta Gwadabawa, who played, participated and walked with us at the International Women Day Rally, where part of our request was to have more women participate in decision making and political processes, a project driven by Life Helpers

This is the first time in Sokoto that such an overwhelming opportunity is being given to women at a given time.

As we pray for wisdom for the chosen women, we like to commend the leadership and government of the State for such kind gesture and much more, this shows to us all that our amiable Governor is a listening Governor.

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Adolescent girls often lack the entrepreneurial skills needed to start, grow and manage their petty trade and businesses and fully participate in local economies. They have limited access to needed knowledge, information and life skills that can support them while simultaneously reinforcing basic enterprise management methodology.

Through the implementation of the Income generation component of the Feed The Future Nigerian Livelihood Project (FTFNLP) which comprises of vocational skill learning such as tailoring, liquid soap making, beads; entrepreneurial development,Safe space, Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) and Literacy & numeracy in non-formal learning, females between the ages of 12 and 23, married or unmarried, were identified, enrolled and trained on various skills as well as being taken through a 9-12 months module centered around entrepreneurial and life skills.

This intervention cuts across many communities of the project intervention areas which are within two LGAs of Danko Wasagu and Birnin Kebbi in Kebbi state. In the last 24 months, over 2, 600 girls have been enrolled, out of which 1000 has been graduated and the rest are in various stages of the program. Murja Garba, LHI’s Vocational Skill Officer stated that with the deep understanding that adolescent girls are faced with wide range of challenges especially in rural communities, the program is developed in a very sustainable manner, providing holistic approach in raising girls out of poverty.

In addition to the fundamental enterprising life skills and entrepreneurial attitudes the girls are taken through, issues of personal hygiene, nutrition and other key health issues are reinforced.

She further stated that out of the graduating girls, 150 of them, who did not have the opportunity to attend any formal school were taken through basic literacy and numeracy, helping them to write their names, identify letters and numbers, enhancing their survival. .

Mr Godwin Olusiji, Technical Lead of the FTFNLP, who is also from Mercy Corps Nigeria gladly informed the audience that Mercy Corp will be supporting 200 of the graduated girls with a grant award. ranging from N30,000- N50,000 on the condition that they will give using the gained knowledge and support the training of other girls

The graduation ceremony took place on 21st of March 2017 at Birnin/Kebbi LGA and 23rd of March at Danko Wasagu LGA Secretariat.

Dignitaries that were present at the ceremony include the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Executive Chairman of the 2 LGAs, Traditional Community, & Religious Leaders; Council Officials, Representatives from SMEDAN, NDE, NRMEC, Media among others.

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The Executive Director, Life Helpers Initiative, Mr Tayo Fatinikun has articulated the desire of the organization to expand her reach for better and richer service, adding that the organization has been able to commence activities in Kebbi and Zamfara state.

According to him, “we have started working on consolidating and harnessing some internal operational strategies and programmatic drives that are designed to help strengthen our past gains and maximise some other. We are hoping that we will be able to boost the capacity of the staff of the organization through internal and external trainings, seminars and workshops to be organized by us and our development partners. We will also take these opportunities to ensure we have qualified, capable and competent manpower that can effectively drive the organisation at the demand of our operation.”

The Executive Director also stressed that the organization has decided to embark on consolidating and strengthening different activities and programmes of the organization in the communities.

While speaking on the expansion plan of the organization, the Executive Director said the pursuit of the organization is not only on territorial expansion, but introducing initiatives that can strengthen the operational of LHI for better community services and fine-tuning of the on-going engagements.

He stated that as part of the plans to enrich the organization’s operation, there was a relaunch of the organization’s website, introduction of research and documentation in the Monitoring & Evaluation unit, strategizing of developing communication plan, were all initiated in the last few months.

The Ciroma of Bodinga, Alhaji Junaidu Abdulrauf in a recent visit to the Executive Director, applauded the organization for her different initiatives that is transforming communities in Sokoto state.

Alhaji Junaidu Abdulrauf said the Sokoto state people especially in his domain are excited having a community development organization such as Life Helpers Initiative in the state, praying that the organization will expand in her vision in order to reach more people within and outside the state.

 

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Holding clients’ trust and confidence has been stressed as one of the strong pillars that drive LHI’s effective service delivery in her work with community members and other key stakeholders.

 

The Executive Director, Life Helpers Initiative, Tayo Fatinikun stressed on this in his opening remarks at the organization’s 2015 staff retreat which was held at the Tamaje Civic Hall within the premises of the organization.

 

According to him, Life Helpers Initiative’s vision of seeing a society where individual finds fulfilment can only be solidify through trust and confidence that is jointly built by the entire staff of the organization with beneficiaries of her services and her partners.

 

The ED noted that individual’s information at the disposal of each staff during the course of discharging their work responsibilities should be treated sacred. It is indecent, immoral, against the organisation’s ethics and value and totally unacceptable that personal information of clients and partners should be discussed openly or betrayed. LHI will progressive achieve its purpose and goals as every staff maximize every opportunity available both at the organization level and by external arrangements.

 

In another vein, the Director, Organization Development STEER, Mr. Sola Ajibona, who was in the company of Mallam Aminu Farouk to review LHI’s progress in its organisational development, spoke on the 3 levels of developing an organization.

 

In his short presentation, Mr. Ajibona shared that the 3 levels as Personal Development, Organisation Systems and Dynamic governance. He stated that there is a need for personal development as individual staff that staffs without personal development strategies and plans are always left behind as their organization move higher. According to him, every organization must set up a befitting, efficient and effective structure for its operation. “You will have to understand your diversity of your programs, the structures you will need to it functional, make the choice for your system, under acceptable best practices and work by and through it” he added.

 

 

Various sessions were taken during the retreat, which included a Knowledge Sharing on Cash Transfer Process by the Gender Program Officer, Hadiza Yaro Ibrahim where she shared the essence of Cash Transfer in developing individuals, households, communities and groups especially in specific aspects like food security, water sanitation and hygiene, education, nutrition, health and relocation or reintegration of the displaced people.

 

According to the her presentation, general information on who need help, household information on assessment of household income, market information which is aimed at appraising and financial capacity information are major information on which cash transfer process is resting.

 

Hadiza Yaro Ibrahim who emphasized that Cash transfer is a form of humanitarian and development tool that can be used to address basic needs, mostly appropriate during emergency, food shortage and unemployment.

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Life Helpers Initiative among many Civil Society Organizations working in the Northern geo-political zone in Nigeria has been commended for her improving efforts on creating and providing health awareness and services for communities in Sokoto state. The commendation was given by the Territorial Manager(TM) of the Society for Family Health [SFH], Northern region, Mr. Ibrahim Muhammad Murtala in an interview recently.

Mr. Ibrahim Muhammad Murtala, Territoral Manager SFH

According to the Territorial Manager, “Life Helpers Initiative is one of the few CSOs we recognized many years ago to partner with for our activities in Sokoto state, and I must say that the organization has done very well over years”

 

While speaking on the operation of LHI in the last ten years, Mr. Murtala stated that LHI will thrive better among many others CSOs because of its consistent efforts and innovations in development works especially in the local communities in Sokoto state and SFH, on its part in the zone would continue to provide technical support in the area of SFH’s focal interest.

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LHI Must Launch Higher and Stronger – BOT Chairman

Life Helpers Initiative, BOT chairman, Engr Godfrey Mayuku, has stated that Life Helpers must launch stronger and higher in its delivery of quality service that ensures wholesome human and community development. BOT chairman, Engr Godfrey, who is also an engineer with Chevron Nigeria, stated this during the interactive meeting held with staff
members just before the Annual BOT meeting of the organisation commenced.

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Read the full article and other articles in September 2013 Edition of Helpers

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It is my pleasure to heartily present to you, our annual report for the year 2013. 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.

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Life Helpers Initiative (LHI) is a community based non-governmental organization based in Sokoto State, 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

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So far, so good is a popular phrase, however, I will like to say so far, so interesting. The opportunity to add to individual lives, families and communities is always a cherished privilege for us at Life Helpers. And as 2013 roll off, we will like to appreciate our friends and partners. You believe in us, your financial supports and grants gave us possibilities and opportunities to do what we love to do and all we were able to do. Thank you.

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We like to appreciate our government partners and officials for creating an enabling environment to work; the traditional, community and religious leaders for your supports, which are immeasurable and valuable. I will like to acknowledge LHI’s staff and volunteers for their tireless efforts, sacrifices and courage that has made the yeat 2013 so fruitful.

Read the full article and other articles in January 2013 Edition of Helpers Digest now by clicking on the image below to download and view in PDF.

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