LEADERSHIP PROGRAM - SCHOOL OF LIFE CAMPAIGN
This project seeks to address the problem of leadership in Africa. Africa as a continent is facing a lot of problems which is partly due to poor leadership. According to UN, Africa has a very small proportion of younger leaders between 35 and 55. Paradoxically, the continent has the youngest population in the world, with a median age of 19.5 years .
There is therefore a need to look into this issue. The goal of MIF Back To School initiative is to raise leaders from a young age, i.e. “catch them young”. It is geared towards grooming youths in high schools to become visionary leaders of the future thereby securing the future of Africa. Through our “School of Life Initiative”, we organize Mentorship/Counselling/Career guide/Leadership training programs in high schools.
In our seminars/workshops/sessions, we facilitate interaction among these young people and also impact interpersonal skills. We identify with problems these young people encounter, provide solutions, while broadening their knowledge as well as give them a sense of ownership in life choices. We address topics like Choice of Career After high School, choice of subjects to study while in high school/ the appropriate class to enrol after junior Secondary which we have observed to be a major concern among scholars; also sexual activeness, peer pressure, Bullying, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency and entrepreneurial/business/work skills. A lot of young people are not trained to prepare for after school, so our goal is to groom them so that they complete high school with a sense of direction and readiness for the next phase of their life as well as imbibe leadership skills.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM - BACK TO SCHOOL CAMPAIGN
The importance of education in developing countries cannot be overemphasized. Education can be the catalyst needed to pull families and communities out of the cycle of poverty.
As at 2006, approximately 72 million school age children in developing Countries were not in School. (UNESCO) This project is aimed at easing the sufferings of children of the poor in communities/families by supporting them with School Bags, sport kits, Reading Books, Exercise Books, school uniforms, basic equipment, mid-day meals and Stationeries. Research conducted shows strong reasons pupils are abandoning primary schools include: cost of schooling being too high. (Action aid, 2003).many children do not attend school because many families cannot afford associated costs of sending their children to school (UNICEF).
The sole aim of this project is to secure the future of these children and make them responsible and respectable future leaders. Through partnership with individuals, Government agencies, and corporate organizations we have outlined long term solutions to this social menace which include empowering parents/guidance of these kids through skill acquisition/entrepreneurship training programs to improve their income in the long run.
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT - PROJECT EMBARK
Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies, achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities. Source UN
Project embark is our skill acquisition and job creation project, where we assist women to start up small to medium scale businesses. We also empower individuals who already have existing businesses with support, information and resources to strengthen their businesses.
Some benefits of empowering women include:
Economic Benefits: Women Empowerment leads to more economic benefits not only to the individuals but to the society as well.
Reduction in domestic violence: Women Empowerment leads to decrease in domestic violence.
Reduce Poverty: Women Empowerment also reduces poverty. Sometimes, the money earned by the male member of the family is not sufficient to meet the demands of the family. The added earnings of women can help boost family income.
This project is executed through series of workshops (one-to-one, group sessions and town-hall sessions) and through partnering with individuals, organizations and Government agencies to organize skill acquisition seminars/workshops for individuals and groups.
FOOD SECURITY - PROJECT GREEN
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 233 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were hungry/undernourished in 2014-6 (its most recent estimate).
The objective of this project is to provide customised solutions to the problem of food insecurity/hunger in the Niger delta and also to provide solutions to Sustainable Agricultural Development.
The “Green initiative” is born out of the need for food sustainability in the Niger Delta region and curbing the rate of unemployment among youth and women.
Other driving force behind this project include:
- • Nigeria’s annual population growth rate of over 3 percent
- • Rising average household income
- • The inability of food supply to match up with demand which is attributed to low productivity in agriculture leading to a shortfall in domestically produced food in Nigeria.
The overall objective of this project is to promote sustainability and replicable integrated solutions to agro-food value chain development, youth and women unemployment and solve poverty alleviation issues. We will achieve this through partnership with corporate organizations, Government agencies and individuals.
Under this project we select orphanages, shelters, homes for elderly, schools and the less privileged also in disadvantaged communities and then make donations or render voluntary services for free. This project addresses the needs of selected disadvantaged communities.
It also includes a feeding scheme aimed at catering for the immediate needs of dispossessed/ homeless people or people living in slums.
We provide meals, clothing, groceries and basic necessities of life from time to time to these categories of people while seeking solutions to improve their living conditions.
HEALTH IS WEALTH CAMPAIGN
This is our Medical/Sexual Reproductive Health Campaign which focuses on meeting the needs of people/children in slum areas/disadvantaged communities and Schools with basic medical/health provisions. Outreaches/seminars are also organized from time to time and the individuals are given free basic health/medical check-ups, free medications, counselling for people living with incurable diseases and also disseminating information on Sexual Reproductive health and general health wellness matters. The campaign also covers oral hygiene, free eye tests, free Blood-Pressure (BP) test and anti-natal information etc. We usually partner with Ministry of Health and Primary Health Units in various LGAs for this campaign.
TEENAGE GIRLS' INITIATIVE
This project is born out of the need to empower the girl child, as a result of many issues surrounding her. Statistics from UN indicate that worldwide up to 50 percent of sexual cases are committed against girls under the age of 16. In 2002 alone, an estimated 150 million girls under 18 suffered some form of sexual violence. Also statistics from WHO indicate that about 16 million girls aged 15 - 19 give birth yearly in developing Countries. The second cause of death among 15-19 year old girls globally are complications during child birth and pregnancy.
Some of the Issues facing the girl child include: trafficking, sexual harassment, femicide, teenage pregnancy and rape. The girl child therefore requires a lot more attention/mentorship in view of the above mentioned. This Initiative is executed through series of workshops (one-to-one, group sessions and town-hall sessions) and is aimed at enlightening teenage girls on life skills, hygiene; sexual reproductive health issues and safe health and wellness practices.
It will target girls in secondary schools whose age ranges between 13 and 18. One of our goals through this initiative is for these teenage girls knowledge to be broadened; knowledge is power, and through enlightenment these girls will grow to become confident and inspired women. The Initiative will also help curb the alarming rate of teenage pregnancies and other social vices among teenage girls in less privileged communities
CHILD CARE - SMILE INITIATIVE
Smile initiative aims to reduce the trauma in which vulnerable children are exposed to. It targets children living on the streets (street kids), children living without family care (orphans) and children in situation of conflict or natural disaster-prone communities and our core focus will be rural and urban poor communities.
Our goals include mentorship and donating materials like clothing, toys, food items that will contribute to the wellbeing of these children in collaboration with the orphanages/shelters/communities where these children reside. This project aims to curb violence against children; and we plan to achieve this through partnership with Government agencies, like minded individuals and corporate organizations.
YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING INITIATIVE
This initiative is aimed at empowering young entrepreneurs and combating youth unemployment across the Niger Delta Region .It has been reported that the country’s unemployment rate has risen from 12.1% in the first quarter of 2016 to 13.3%. To this end 26.06 million persons in the second quarter of 2016 are unemployed. Source: The National Bureau of Statistics. Recent happenings in the Niger Delta are clear indicators of violent extremism by young people. As youth unemployment continue to rise, kidnapping, armed robbery, and terrorism are becoming the lifestyle of youths who end up becoming both perpetrators and victims as a because of the glaring economic hardship.
For youths within the age brackets of 20-to-35 and undergraduates of universities or polytechnics .This project is to tackle extremism and unemployment through youth entrepreneurship.