This project aims at improving the quality of life for women in communities in Enugu State. (Nsukka, Eke, Isiuzo, Uzowani, Umode, Agboga and Ezeagu LGA).

The soft loan project commenced in 2016 with the objective to economically empower women to gain financial independence and reduce their suffering, over dependency and poverty.

The project has recorded the following achievements so far.

  • Empowering over 10 women in each of the 9 communities currently running
  • Growing the business of women
  • Ending domestic violence in the family
  •  To empower women to gain financial independence.

‘Ego-Anyi’ is an Igbo language information and discussion Radio Programme on Participatory Budgeting, Citizen’s Right and good governance.

The overall objective of the project was to make the budgeting process more transparent and inclusive In the five local governments Areas of Anambra state: Anambra East, Idemili South, Nnewi North, Aguata and Ogbaru.

The specific objectives of the project were;

  • To educate Anambra citizens on the Budget Process
  • To encourage civil society participation in the budget process
  • To develop an action plan and a pressure system for better implementation of the budget

The Project’s main activities include:

  • Advocacy meetings with key stakeholders in the target communities to enlighten them on the project
  • Pre radio programme town hall meeting with key stakeholders and community based organisations to discuss budget and governance issues in the communities preparatory to the Radio Programme
  • Four months weekly radio programme on ‘The Budget and Us’.

Violence against women is a major barrier to women’s empowerment. To address this, SSDO developed the ‘Sister Guardian Initiative’.

This initiative taps into existing community based women groups to identify women willing to ‘stand in the gap’ for women facing abuse especially but not restricted to domestic violence and provides the immediate support female victims of violence require – safety, counseling, mediation with the husband and family members in the case of domestic violence and ultimately referrals to the police and other relevant agencies for the women.

In addition, they advocate against violence against women (VAW) at the community level and support abused women in prosecuting their case either at the community level with the extended family and village authorities, or the police and courts if the matter escalates to that level.

The SGs then make their messages and services known by working within existing systems—for example through churches, the police, and other government social services. The Sister Guardian system thus tweaks existing structures to strengthen the system of support for women victims of violence. The overall objective of this programme is to reduce violence against women at the community level

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Objectives

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To provide immediate support to women facing violence through the provision of shelter, counselling, mediation and prosecution services

Shelter

To advocate for the setting up of shelters for women facing violence

Support

To provide support for women who ultimately need to prosecute their cases of violence

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Orphaned and Vunerable Chulidren (OVC) Project is a 4GATES Program which is a global action towards HIV Epidemic control in sub-national units in Nigeria. It is a five year comprehensive HIV Care, treatment and prevention program funded by CDC with a mandate to work with GoN, FBOs, Private-for-profit health facilities. In Nigeria, the program is focused on four states namely Delta, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo.

The four consuitium who are working in the four states to achieve the four objectives are CARITAS NIGERIA – PRIME (CCFN), PRO HEALTH INTERNATIONAL (PHI), PALLADIUM and CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICE (CRS).

Following the report of NAIIS 2018, three of the four States supported by 4GATES were classified as RED STATES, namely – Delta, Enugu and Imo State. As a result of this, 4GATES is currently implementing SURGE project across these three states. The project has a mandate to identify 450 new HIV+ every week and also to put them on treatment. This implies that OVC program must be able to contribute to HIV case finding, linkage to treatment and viral load suppression across these three states. A major objective is that all the Children and Adolescents living with HIV must be enrolled under the OVC program.

Who is an OVC?
In PEPFAR parlance, the term orphans and vulnerable children refers to children under the age of 18 who are affected by and made vunerable to HIV/AIDS. This includes both orphans and nonorphans whose well-being or development is threathened because they live in HIV-affected households and communities. And also, children under the age of 18 years who have lost one or both parents due to HIV/AIDS.

What Goal does the project seek to achieve?
Keep children HEALTHY, SAFE, SCHOOLED and STABLE

What is the Vision driving the project?

Achievement of an AIDS-free generation through programming for children orphaned made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS

What are the Objectives of the Project?
– Contribute to the attainment of the 90-90-90 goals of UNAIDS
– Responding to the social (including economic) and emotional consequences of HIV/AIDS on children, their families, and communities that support them
– Ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence and abuse

How is the Project Implemented?

4GATES subgranted the implementation of the OVC project in Enugu South, Nkanu East and Nkanu West to South Saharan Social Development Organisation (SSDO), Enugu.
SSDO is collaborating with relevant government agencies (Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health etc.) and community stakeholders to reach 7843 beneficiaries.

Introduction

The Awakening, is a youth focused civic enlightenment program aimed at enlightening young people in the South East on good governance, democratic principles, civic participation and active citizenship in order to awaken them to their civic responsibility and provoke them into demanding full representation, involvement and active participation in decision making and governance.

The live radio broadcast aims at informing, motivating and empowering youth to become active citizens. Youth can change the world by becoming actively, meaningfully and substantially involved through political parties and beyond. We aim to improve the participation of young people in democratic decision making processes.

The overall objective of the project is to deepen democracy and create an open society in Nigeria through mass media education and participation


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Specific Project Objectives

  • To educate youth and youth-led civil society organizations in the South East States on good governance and active citizenship in Nigeria.
  • To establish a radio program as a platform for creating awareness and communicating youth views and concern on issues of good governance and in particular their role in good governance.
  • To encourage youth and youth-led civil society in the South East states to participate in the good governance process.
  • Build a network amongst youth-led civil society organization (CSOs) in the South East of Nigeria.
  • Issue a monthly policy/advocacy brief developed from the deliberations of the youth panel in the radio program.

Project Focus

Promote Good Governance

  • Good governance is, among other things, participatory, transparent and accountable. It is also effective and equitable and promotes the rule of law. Good governance ensures that political, social and economic priorities are based on broad consensus in society and that the voices of the poorest and the most vulnerable are heard in decision-making over the allocation of resources.
  • We are passionate about empowering youths to get involved in governance by holding government accountable. The youths need to be fully integrated into the 3 aspects of governance and be given the opportunity to get involved; Political governance, Economic governance and Administrative governance.

Civic Education

  • Civic Education is an important component of education that cultivates citizens to participate in the public life to use their rights and discharge their responsibilities with the necessary knowledge and skills.
  • Civic Education or Citizenship Education is very vital for every citizen and the general public for multifarious reasons, among which are: It enhances people’s capacity to understand their rights, roles and duties as citizens and that they might respect that of others. Furthermore, it creates awareness among citizens on the duties of the government to them, as well as their obligations as citizens to the government.
  • Our civic education program helps create awareness, teach right values, right attitudes and behavior that are acceptable to the society where individual lives.

Civic Engagement

  • We encourage the general public to become involved in the political process and the issues that affect the community. It takes many forms—from individual volunteerism to organizational involvement to electoral participation.
  • We engage youth to make a difference in the civic life of their communities and develop the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to effect the desired change. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes

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THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
COVID-19 is an upper respiratory viral infection. The virus first broke out in December 2019, and since then has infected more than 2.5million people and left more than 170,000 dead. COVID-19 hit Nigeria in February 2020. So far, there have been 782 confirmed cases, with 25 dead.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HANDWASHING
According to the World Health Organization, hand hygiene is extremely important to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It also prevents other viruses and bacteria causing common colds, flu and pneumonia.

THE SOAP PROBLEM
More than 50% of Nigerians live in multidimensional poverty, and will not be able to afford the extra spending on soap necessary to keep up with effective hygiene practices during this pandemic.

IT AFFECTS US ALL
Families that cannot afford soap cannot properly protect themselves from contracting the virus, and this puts EVERYONE at risk, including those who can afford soap.

WHAT WE ARE DOING
South Saharan Social Development Organisation (SSDO) is running a Soap Drive to provide soap to indigent families across several communities in Enugu.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
With as little as N500, you can buy a six-pack of soap for an indigent family.

Donate to our Soap Drive via our bank account:
4010586793, Fidelity Bank

Or drop-off soap or other relief material at our office at
13 Link Road, Independence Layout, Enugu.