COVID-19 Humanitarian Project Phase One (CHP) – Tafawa Balewa, Bauchi State.

On the 8 of July 2020, FLEP distributed food items and vegetable seedlings to some underprivileged widows and their families in Tafawa Balewa community in the Bauchi state with the support of Children’s Mission and The Navigators Nigeria. This was FLEP’s effort to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the widows of Tafawa Balewa, to ensure that the widows and their families are safe and fed even as the world fights against Covid-19. 241 women benefited from the incentive packages which included relief items such as rice, corn, beans, vegetable oil, magi, salt and vegetable seedlings (okra, pepper and spinach). Mrs Elizabeth (Women Leader/beneficiary) said: “There are so many widows suffering here, it was God who opened your eyes to see the suffering of the widows in Tafawa Balewa”. The women of Tafawa Balewa expressed gratitude to Full Life Empowerment Programme (FLEP) and her donors, for considering them Read More

Covid-19 Humanitarian Project Phase 2- Mercy IDP Camp Zonkwa.

Concerned by the effects of coronavirus in rural Nigerian areas on people that struggle with extreme hunger and are exposed to vulnerable conditions than ever, Children’s Mission extended their support through FLEP to assist an identified number of people that needed urgent assistance. With the support of The Navigators Nigeria, we identified displaced people who lived in Mercy IDP Camp Zonkwa, Kaduna state, who had fled for their lives as a result of reprisal attacks that lead to the loss of lives, destruction of homes and businesses.    Mercy IDP Camp Rev Tanko Clement Kato (Zonkwa ECWA DCC Chairman), in an exclusive interview with FLEP, said, “We saw people lying down on the street crying and weeping, and nobody could help them. We decided as a church out of love as the Bible taught us. So we decided to bring them in to host them.” The Mercy Internally Displaced People Camp, Read More

Transformed Livelihood Project III – Ikare, Ondo State

Project Period: July 2020 to June 2021 The training and distribution of birds and feed to participants held on the 31st October to 3rd November, 2020 The Transformed Livelihood Project (TLP3) is a 3 in 1 project that is aimed at empowering 40 youths to build and sustain livelihoods that will enable them to earn income, support their families and to become employers of labour hence reducing the number of unemployed youths in Nigeria. TLP3 is primarily focused on these 3 activities: Poultry training and distribution Entrepreneurship/Capacity building training and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) training Through these activities, FLEP is aiming to contribute to the general and holistic transformation of the youths we are engaging in Ikare-Akoko. As part of the initiative, is to not only train participants in poultry farm enterprise but to distribute 30-day old chicks and 8 bags of feed to each selected participant, to enable Read More

Help Raise ₦1,324,000 to Fund Cecilia Joshua’s Corrective Surgery

21-year-old Cecilia Joshua, a native of Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi State, she contracted Cerebrospinal meningitis in 2005, which was not immediately detected until she developed a severe brain disorder that has left her in acute medical condition. Cecilia is the daughter to one of our current participants of the Goat project in Tafawa Balewa community of Bauchi state. It is safe to say that she has not optimally experienced life in ease and comfort, since she was 5 years old. Her mother, Mary Joshua is a widow, who has catered for her daughter’s health issues since the girl was 6 years old, while also supporting her 4 other children. This ailment was first discovered in 2005 but due to lack of finances, Cecilia could not access proper medical attention until 2006 in Uthman Danfodio Teaching Hospital, Sokoto state. It was later discovered that the surgery carried out on Cecilia was Read More

Access to Food and Full Life.

Hunger makes people susceptible to illness, for many families, hunger may become a severe cause of permanent physical and mental illness. The hope of reaching their full life which God has destined for them is severely threatened. Before the outbreak of the COVID 19, many families struggle to feed, and now since the outbreak, many have lost their livelihoods – causing the struggle to double. In early July, we have been effective at reaching 241 widows and their families in Tafawa Balewa, Bauchi state, who really need our help with the support from partners and donors. More widows need as much support they can get at times like this when things seem to be crumbling down. According to the UN, Food is at the core of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN’s development agenda for the 21st century. The second of the UN’s 17 SDGs is to “End hunger, achieve food Read More

Agriculture as a business: Approaching agriculture as an investment opportunity

AKINWUMI ADESINA ON 19 FEBRUARY 2016 African smallholders are the private sector – the largest segment on the continent. By seeing agriculture as business, smallholders as customers and entrepreneurs, and companies as organisations that want smallholders as customers and suppliers, policymakers and investors can leverage the continent’s existing assets to catalyse economic transformation rather than trying to create it from whole cloth. I was recently appointed president of the African Development Bank. A development bank is not necessarily an intuitive concept; most banks don’t exist to serve explicitly social purposes. But what defines a bank is the way it conducts business, whatever that business may be. This is why I say I wear my banker hat, and not my development hat when I speak about agriculture. Agriculture is not a way of life. It is not a social sector or a development activity, despite what people may claim. Agriculture is a Read More

Empowering Youths in Poultry Farming

The Livestock Empowerment Model (LEM) is an initiative of Full Life Empowerment Programme (FLEP), in partnership with Children’s Mission Africa, Children’s Mission Sweden, and The Navigators Nigeria. The program which started since July 2019 has empowered over 40 youths in Akure and its environs with skills in Poultry Farming. The participants of the LEM project successfully undertook capacity building training in poultry farming, with a view to improving their socio-economic status, get a sustainable livelihood and as well as contribute their quota to the agricultural development and food production in their communities. The empowerment program had a poultry storeroom, stocked with more than a 100 day-old chicks, bags of poultry feed and other materials needed to raise the birds ready to be distributed to participants. Each participant received 50 birds and bags of feeds as a startup for their poultry farm. One of the participants, Rashidat Alimi who is an Read More

Stay Safe and Healthy – COVID-19

Coronavirus is a pandemic identified as a respiratory illness, in its early stages and it is obviously impossible to predict its future impact. Know How it Spreads There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.  Protect yourself Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that Read More

Vacancy – Business Manager at Reenie’s Cuisines

Job Opening Advert: Reenie’s Cuisines is a medical catering restaurant in Abuja. We are looking for a creative, hardworking and entrepreneurial individual that will become the Business Manager for our restaurants. Job Summary: Successful candidate will become the business manager of our hospital restaurants (currently 2) in Abuja. The business manager will be required to manage on a daily basis the different teams in each restaurant unit and to ensure collective adherence to Reenie’s Cuisine standard and processes. Job Description: Successful candidates will be required to; Lead a team of chefs, waiters and suppliers to implement strategic business goals. Grow existing markets and develop new ones Manage budget and keep cost under control Ensuring best customer service practices Manage vendors, inventory and business assets Human resource management Planning and delivering exciting menus Ensuring health, safety and sanitation standards are maintained. Qualification & Requirement: HND/ B.sc in any course (however, any Read More

Unemployment and Poverty – Major Causes of Mental Illness in Nigeria

Unemployment and poverty are some of the most significant social causes of health and mental health, crisscrossing with all other causes, including education, unemployment, gender, access to health care, and environment. In Nigeria, the vulnerable or marginalized groups are at risk of mental illness. an overwhelming majority of people with mental health are living in poverty, poor physical health and are subject to human rights violations. Individuals who experience poverty, particularly early in life or for an extended period, are at risk of a host of adverse health issues through their life. In childhood, poverty is associated with lower school achievement; worse cognitive, behavioural, and attention-related outcomes; higher rates of delinquency, depressive and anxiety disorders; and higher rates of almost every psychiatric disorder in adulthood. Poverty in adulthood is connected to depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, psychological distress, and suicide. The evidence is strong for a causal relationship between unemployment, poverty Read More