BRAVEHEART INITIATIVE FOR YOUTH & WOMEN (BHI) ACTIVITY REPORT FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2017
BHI office opened on the 16th of January 2017 after the Christmas/NewYear break. The Executive Director, Priscilla Usiobaifo welcomed the staff back to duty and outlined plans for the year.
WEEKLY STAFF MEETINGS:
The first meeting for the year was held on the 11th of January, 2017 prior to official resumption. Activities of the previous year were reviewed and administrative issues were deliberated on. BHI Staff Weekly Meetings were held on 11th, 17th, and 23rd of January. In these meetings, important issues concerning administration, staffing, reports of the previous year (financial & narrative), and work plan/budget for 2017 were discussed. Deliberations were made and decisions taken
From 12th to 14th of January, the Executive Director conducted orientation sessions for interested volunteers and staff for the year 2017. She shared the historical background of the organisation and highlighted the programmatic focus for 2017. Interviews were also conducted for each of the applicants.
LAUNCH OF FAMILY COURT IN EDO STATE:
BraveHeart Initiative was present at the launch of the Family Court in Edo State which took place at the State High Court, Benin City. The Edo State Judiciary on Monday 9th January, 2017 inaugurated the family court to exclusively handle matters pertaining to child abuse in compliance with the Child Rights Law 2007. The inauguration of the Court marks the beginning of the implementation of the Edo State Child Rights Bill which was passed into law in 2007. The Child Rights Act extensively caters for the interest and rights of the child; the family court would have exclusive jurisdiction to handle all matters pertaining to children in both civil and criminal matters. It was a remarkable date in the history of Edo State as the Child Rights Law was enacted since 2007. For the past ten years, several CSOs (BHI inclusive) and stakeholders lobbied and advocated for the establishment of the Family Court which is a proviso to the Child Rights Law. The Executive Director of BHI was opportune to meet with the Chief Judge after the event. She seized the opportunity to outline follow up steps need for the effective functioning of the court and advocated for such courts to be created at the three senatorial districts of the state.
ANNUAL STAFF TRAINING WORKSHOP:
The BHI Annual Staff Training was conducted from the 18th to 27th of January 2017 at BHI’s office Igarra, Edo State, Nigeria. The 2017 Annual Staff Training with the theme Staff Capacity Building for Organisational Development provided Staff members with information and skills to improve on their performance at work. Participants consisted of BHI Staff, Volunteers, Mentees and staff from partner institutions. The participatory partner institutions consist of 1) Primary Health Centre, 2) Local Govt Education Authority, 3) Social Devt Dept of Akoko-Edo LGA, 4) Nigerian Police Force, 5) Federal Road Safety Corp, 6) Nigerian Security & Civil Defence Corp, 7) Vigilante Group of Nigeria, 8) Alafia Specialist Hospital, 9) Adonai Redemption Clinic, 10)Justice Dev. Peace Commission – Auchi, 11) Church of God Mission and 12) Akpatason Foundation.
The objective of this year’s Annual Staff training was “To strengthen professionalism in the work environment”. The training venue was BraveHeart Initiative’s Office, Opposite Omeyimi’s House, Behind Alafia Hospital, Off Afekhai Street, Igarra, Edo State. The training was a vital platform where Staff members engaged, interacted, brainstormed and learnt from experts in the field of Human Rights and Sexual and Reproductive Health. The two major topics were HIV Counselling & Testing led by Taiwo Benson (ED, FOCHRID, Abuja) and Sexuality Education by Priscilla Usiobaifo (ED, BHI).
Facilitators were afforded ample timing for their respective sessions to foster extensive discussions and there were several group work. This participatory approach enabled the facilitators and participants to interact effectively and helped understanding of the issues. It is worthy to note that all the facilitators offered pro bono services to BraveHeart Initiative. The lead consultant for the 2017 staff training was Taiwo Benson, ED-FOCHRID, Abuja.
There were two film screenings during the staff training. The documentaries screened were 1. SHUGA (HIV/AIDS, Domestic Violence, Transactional Sex, Trans-generational Sex, Poverty, Peer Pressure, Drug Abuse, Infidelity and other societal issues) 2. NoHoodieNoHoney (Use of Condoms especially among teenage girls, STIs, Teenage Pregnancies, Sex Education, Assertiveness, Peer Education). The screening sessions captivated the participants and there was high demand for more films in subsequent trainings.
The training ended on the 27th of January with a Post-Test that was co-examined by Taiwo Benson and Priscilla Usiobaifo. This was followed by the closing ceremony which entailed presentation of certificates, refreshment and dance. Febisola Owolabi who represented the Board of Trustees of BraveHeart gave the closing remarks. In her remarks, she commended the Executive Director and staff of BraveHeart for the successful execution of the training while admonishing participants to make good use of the knowledge imparted. She laid particular emphasis on attitudinal change towards girl child education citing the sad scenarios played out in various hospitals at the birth of female children. She thanked the Lead Trainer (Taiwo Benson) and other facilitators for rendering pro bono services to BraveHeart Initiative.
A total of twenty eight (28) persons duly completed the training and were awarded certificates. The Post Test assessment indicated a significant increase in knowledge amongst the participants.
Below is a list of the various topics and their facilitators.
|1||Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections among Young People||Hajia Aperuah –Yusuf|
|2||Women’s Rights in Edo State – Perspective of Islam||Hajia P.Z Momoh|
|3||The Importance of Girl-Child Education in Nigeria||Ms Helen Uhuwangho|
|4||Basics of Monitoring and Evaluation||Mr. Nelson Akerele|
|5||Benefits of Volunteering with an NGO||Comrade Jude Obasanmi|
|6||HIV Counselling and Testing||Dr. Taiwo Benson|
|7||Importance of Financial Audit||Pst. Asishana Akerele|
|8||Young People and Sexually Transmitted Infections||Dr. Agbomherele Ajekweneh|
|9||Use of ICT in Monitoring and Evaluation||Mr. Ese Amadasun|
|10||Case Management of Vulnerable Children||Ms. Ayo Amen-Ediae|
|11||Office Management||Ms. Priscilla Usiobaifo|
|12||Historical Background of BraveHeart Initiative/Introduction to Human Rights||Ms. Priscilla Usiobaifo|
|13||Introduction to Sexuality Education||Ms. Priscilla Usiobaifo|
COURTESY VISIT TO JDPC, AUCHI
On the 31st of January 2017, BraveHeart Initiative’s ED paid a courtesy visit to JDPC Auchi. She went to felicitate with them for the New Year and discuss plans for collaborative work in 2017. She met the absence of the Executive Director but was well received by staff of the organisation.
ADVOCACY VISITS/SUPPLY OF STATIONERIES TO PARTNER INSTITUTIONS
On the 31st of January, BraveHeart Initiative paid advocacy visits to three of its partner institutions namely Primary Health Center Igarra, Nigeria Police Force Igarra and Ministry of Education (CIE) Akoko-Edo. The visit was to update them on BHI’s projects and seek for better partnership in 2017. The under listed items were provided to each of the institutions during the visit to aid their administrative tasks. The Chief Inspector of Education wrote on behalf of the Ministry of Education to formally acknowledge receipt of the items and appreciate BraveHeart.
1) One pack of A4 paper
2) Two dozens of biro
3) One big cello tape
4) Half dozen of 60 leaves notebook
5) Half dozen of ‘My Clear’ bag
6) One pack of file tag
7) One dozen of office file
8) One pack of staple pins
9) One pack of small envelope
10) One roll of Flip Chart paper
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ON CONDOM USE:
In the month of January, BHI Staff and Volunteers reached out to young people within Igarra with information on condom use. The major target group was commercial bike riders. Condom demonstrations were facilitated in some of the sessions and condoms distributed.
CONDOM DISTRIBUTION –
BraveHeart Initiative in its efforts to promote access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for rural people, expanded its condom distribution. A total of 140 Female condoms were distributed; while a total of 368 male condoms and 11 bottles of Lubricants were distributed in January 2017.
In the course of the month, BraveHeart facilitated counselling sessions. The issues ranged from Adolescent Health Concerns to HIV prevention strategies and Sexual & Gender Based Violence. A total of 18 persons were reached via phone counselling and 7 through physical counselling sessions.
AWARENESS CREATION OF BHI PROJECTS:
BraveHeart Initiative employed the use of Social Media to promote its activities. BHI publicised its activities via Facebook, WhatsApp and WhatsApp.