In line with the principles of change management which make it clear that local support is necessary for sustainable development, Local Orphans and Vulnerable Children Partners in Nigeria – Region 3 (LOPIN 3) gave technical assistance to eleven Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), currently sub-granted by the project, which is funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); to apply for the MTN Foundation’s call for proposals in Cross River and Ebonyi States.
LOPIN 3 Program staff worked tirelessly to ensure their assigned CSOs completed the application process correctly and before the deadline. MTN Foundation contacted successful organizations for site inspection and their proposed sites were visited by the MTN inspection officers who saw needs that they could meet, to support the alleviation of the plight of orphans and vulnerable children in the respective states. Four out of the eleven CSOs currently sub-granted by LOPIN 3 were successful.
Government Secondary school, Oban (suggested by Catholic Archdiocesan Action Committee on AIDS); Buda Comprehensive Secondary School, Kakwagom (suggested by Kejie Health Foundation) and Model Primary School, Ohong (suggested by Oten-Ita Foundation), all in Cross River State, received 100 double-seater desk-chairs for students as well as 10 teacher tables and chairs. In Ebonyi state, Amankwo/Amanbolobo Orphanage Home (suggested by Destiny Daughters of Nigeria), received 1 double door fridge, 15 3×6 mattresses, 15 pillows, 4 standing fans, 8 cartons of 900 grams Milo, 8 cartons of sugar, 8 cartons of 900g Peak Powdered Milk, 2 tins of cholesterol-free vegetable oil (18kg), 3 bags of rice (50kg), 5 bags of 10kg Semovita, 8 cartons of Ariel detergent (12 units/carton), 8 cartons of laundry bar soap (B29), 8 cartons of Dettol soap (72 units/ carton), 8 cartons of Dettol disinfectant (750ml) and 8 mosquito nets.
These donations which were received through a process initiated by simple on-line applications, have helped improve educational structures and living conditions of children who are currently enrolled in the LOPIN 3 project, and have proven that there is hope for local support in our quest for sustainability.