A glitch with Skype meant that the Nigerian posts from this week’s UK-Nigeria team meeting were significantly delayed. However, as this is now an increasingly rare occurrence it gave us an opportunity to test previously relied upon communication channels. So, with a mixture of Skpe typed messages, sms, emails and Yahoo, here is this week’s update.
- John reported that Comfort is in Abuja for a meeting with the World Bank pertaining to the rice business development service project which they had previously supported in June.
- Fantsuam Foundation is expect to host a team from the Minnesota Renewable Energy from January 15th 2012 for training and solar installation at for the paediatric ward of Kafanchan Hospital.
- John and Pam had both made contact with Fola at Dadamac’s outpost in Ago-Are.
The photo above, from Fola, shows the Life Fountain School, Nigeria where Fola reports he will be teaching pupils computer and internet usage next term.
- Fola has been able to add more photos to the Dadamac’s community Flickr
John Dada: "The safe disposal of plastic waste is a perennial problem that gets worse by the day, so we have to be committed to efforts to control it".
The idea is for a 3 month feasibility study which covers the following issues in preparation for setting up a pilot production unit:
The background and current situation
On April 18th 2011, post-election violence broke out in five of the communities where the NGO, Fantsuam Foundation operates, resulting in large scale loss of lives, livelihoods and properties. Fantsuam Foundation has significant microfinance activities and provided shelter, food and clothes for over 200 people on the first day of the violence. Women and children form the bulk of people displaced and traumatised by this event.
John Dada in his typically understated manner told us during our usual Wednesday online meeting that: “Not much going on around here today except.........
John Dada informed us that: "UNICEF in collaboration with Fantsuam Foundation and the National Youth Service Corps organized a 5-day Peer Education in August 2011 for 120 school youths from the Zipak, Bayanloco, and Ungwa Masara communities. Fantsuam staff members Emmanuel Katung and Julius Joseph were facilitators.
The workshop trained the youths on the dangers and prevalence of the HIV/AIDS in the target communities and covered the following topics
a. Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Gender Based Violence
b. Reproductive Health and Personal Hygiene
c. Types of sexual Relationships
d. Negotiation assertiveness and sexuality
e. STIs, HIV and AIDS
These newly trained peer educators will work under Fantsuam supervision for the next 12 months during which time, each of them is required to train 6 other youths.
This training follows on an earlier capacity building training that Fantsuam Foundation staff had attended in Zaria from 29th Nov to 01st Dec, 2010. At this training the team were taken through the development of communication strategy for HIV/AIDS targeting Out of School Youths, OSY. The Fantsuam team that attended this training comprised Julius Joseph, Musa Kajang and Nicholas Eyomu. The emphasis was on Minimum Prevention Package (MPP) that would convey positive messages through Drama, Sports, Radio programs, IEC materials, and Games. The team on their return undertook a baseline survey of the target communities.