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

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

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

Michael’s story – A determination to thrive against all odds.

30-year-old Michael is a secondary school dropout who was working as an assistant on a poultry farm somewhere in Ikaro Ifon community of Ondo state, when he first heard of the Livestock Empowerment Model Project on radio early 2019. Michael drove 2 hours to attend the LEM first phase seminar in Akure (Capital of Ondo state). Michael had believed that he needed a huge amount of money to startup a poultry business because his boss told him so. He said, “when I attended the FLEP seminar, I understood that I can start a poultry business with N5000 Naira or less”. For Michael, the seminar was an eye-opener and he wanted to be a part of the beneficiaries but considering the project location and where Michael lives, the team was not sure of including him as one of the participants, however, because of Michael’s determination to start up his own business, Read More

Abia: Poultry Farming Empowering Youths in the Rural Community

At FLEP we empower youth entrepreneurship through quality poultry farming. Our approach is a fundamental tool for attaining sustainable economic development. More than ever, we need to enable our youth to live a purpose-driven life so they can build the world they want to see. It is important that today’s youth discover their purpose, transform their mindset and connect to their future. About 15 beneficiaries have been impacted so far, through the Transforming Livelihood Project, a joint effort of FLEP, Children’s Mission – CM and Young Farmer’s Club – YFC in Umourie community of Abia State. They have been able to create a poultry farming business where youth are employed and help themselves develop talents, and channel their energy into a course that will be of value to them, their immediate environment and the society. Through profits generated some of them have been able to continue their education after secondary Read More

A whole new perspective on youth mentoring-

RECENTLY, I have begun thinking about youths that I used to know with great dreams and bright ideas but seemed to have drifted into oblivion. Some have struggled to carve a niche for themselves, and having failed in this quest, have given up on their pursuits. Others have been swept away by life’s unpredictable challenges, helplessly watching their dreams being flooded down the drain by the tide.    Reasons for these can be attributed to the lack of guidance and support from more fortunate individuals who have been down the road. Even though youth’s productivity can lead to a rewarding future, without constant and adequate support, this future may be made bleak by the uncertainties of the present.   To be productive is to have the willingness to create, innovate and establish something beneficial not only to the society but also to the fulfillment of the individual as well. It Read More

The Shift in Poultry Farming

Poultry farming in Nigeria, is one of the biggest business opportunities. FLEP is exploring this lucrative opportunity in rural communities for young entrepreneurs to participate in a large and potentially sustainable market for chickens. Chimela Ule , a beneficiary of the Children’s Mission Africa (CMA) and an implementer of FLEP’s poultry intervention project shares his story on how he decided to invest in poultry business and becoming a role model for youths in his community. “Some years ago when I relocated from Jos, the capital city of Plateau State, to my rural community of Umuorie in Abia State, left many people, especially youths from my community, to wonder if I was in my right senses to have left my job and the city to stay in the village. The actual word used was, “that guy must be crazy!”. Many of them are seeking for opening to escape to the urban Read More

Unemployment still on the Rise

Nigeria’s unemployment numbers jumped by nearly 30 percent this year to 16 million, according to a November report by the National Bureau of Statistics; Another two million are expected to be unemployed by the end of the year, less than forty percent of Nigeria’s nearly 200 million people are fully employed. Many Nigerian youths hit the streets looking for a job every day, most seek employment years after graduation. They set out from their house in the morning not knowing where they are going to, they just have that hope, that belief, that they’ll find something. Nigeria overtook India this year as having the largest number of people living in extreme poverty – 87 million, according to the Washington-based Brookings Institution. Nigeria edged-out of its worst recession in nearly three decades last year, unemployment and poverty have yet to see a positive impact.  The major factors contributing to high unemployment Read More