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STRATEGIES

  • Capacity building
  • Awareness-raising
  • Service provision
  • Research documentation and dissemination
  • Advocacy
  • Networking

VISION

The Youths are the best they can be

MISSION

To engage young people, their communities, and relevant stakeholders to develop strategies and address young peoples’ issues.

OVERALL GOAL

        To improve knowledge and understanding of sexual and reproductive rights among young people as a means of achieving gender equality

OUR HISTORY

BraveHeart Initiative for Youth and Women was initiated by Priscilla Ikos Usiobaifo on August 26th, 2002 as a youth development Club carrying out skills training for youths. On 7th April 2007, it transformed into a youth-led, youth-focused non-governmental organization with a primary focus on skills training and HIV AIDS prevention among youths. In October 2009, it registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission as a youth-led, youth-focused community-based NGO empowering and developing young people between the ages of 10 and 25 years through information and skills training to make informed choices, grow into self-actualized adults capable of contributing towards a better society.

The main areas of BHI activity have been: Youth Empowerment under which she carries out volunteer training, leadership training, and economic skills training; Sexual and Reproductive Health promotion through awareness creation, peer education and provision of counseling services; Gender and Human rights sensitization, mobilization and advocacy.

Till date, BHI has empowered over 8000 youths through the several programs and meetings conducted over the years in various secondary schools, among faith-based institutions, and in the community.

Over the years, BHI has carried out Sexuality Education through its In-School OUTREACH activities in fifteen secondary schools within Akoko Edo LGA of Edo State, Nigeria. Namely:

  • God’s Grace College Igarra

  • Success Secondary School Igarra

  • God’s Time Secondary School Igarra

  • Buntina Secondary School Igarra

  • Universal Secondary School Igarra

  • Igarra Technical College

  • Igarra Girls Grammar School

  • Comprehensive High School Igarra

  • Akoko Edo Grammar School Uneme -Nekhua

  • Okpe Mixed Secondary School, Okpe

  • Enwan Mixed Secondary School, Enwan

  • Ojirami Mixed Secondary School, Ojirami

  • Ikpeshi Mixed Secondary School – Ikpeshi

  • Okpameri Grammar School – Ibillo.

  • Ibillo-Okha Secondary School-Ibillo

The outreach visits were conducted thrice in an academic session (i.e One visit per term). The outreach schools are from seven (7) communities namely: Igarra, Enwan, Uneme Nekhua, Ojirami, Okpe, Ibillo and Ikpeshi out of the Fifty-Two (52) communities within Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo State. BHI expands to additional communities on a yearly basis.

OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES 
  • Bunmi Dipo-Salami                        Chair
  • Grace Osakue                                   Member
  • Augustine Owolabi                         Member
  • Dele Aruna                                       Member
  • Bridget Usifo-Osakwe                    Member
  • Anthony Osumah                            Member
  • Priscilla Ikos Usiobaifo                  Secretary

OUR OBJECTIVES

  • To improve knowledge and understanding of sexual and reproductive rights among young people in as a means of reducing teenage pregnancies
  • To promote community awareness on the rights of young people in order to reduce gender inequality.
  • To facilitate the recovery of abused children, young persons and women from gender-based violence.
  • To partner with like-minded institutions and stakeholders to build the capacity of BHI.
  • To empower young persons with skills and information to become active participants in development.
  • To promote the practice of feminist principles among young women 

OUR IMPACT

As a result of BHI outreach activities, more young people have become assertive and proactive on issues of Gender Based Violence especially rape and sexual harassment. We have noticed an increase in the reports of rape cases as against the culture of silence that was practiced before. BHI has facilitated the recovery of over 30 sexually abused girls.

Young people now have a youth friendly and safe space to clear their doubts on issues of their sexuality as BHI provides them with services and care. We get fulfillment in the behavioural changes in the youth that we have reached. Our evaluation indicates a reduction in unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortion among our reached youth.

BraveHeart has been able to deal with the myth on HIV/AIDS and the conservative view on sexuality education and gender disparities in Akoko Edo Local Government, as more positive response is received each day.

BraveHeart Initiative for Youth & Women takes pride in being the pace setter, youth led, organization developing and empowering young people at Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria.

On the 5th of December, 2011 BraveHeart Initiative was awarded as an ANTI-RAPE NGO CHAMPION by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development in Nigeria.

OUR VALUES

  • Gender sensitivity

  • Honesty

  • Accountability

  • Passion for social work

  • Volunteering

  • Youth friendly

     

DISCOVER US

We are a youth-led, youth-focused, leading feminist organisation advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people and promoting women’s rights in Nigeria.

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