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NIGERIA LOCAL RESOURCE MOBILIZATION SUCCESS

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.

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Donated Items at Amankwo/Amanbolobo Orphanage, Ebonyi.

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.

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NIGERIA ADHERENCE INTERVENTION SUCCESS

At the tender age of 8, William (fictitious) was believed to have begun the journey to an early grave. He was no longer taken to the health care facility which is about three hours away – same facility where his parents who lost the battle against the HIV/AIDS virus registered the family to avoid stigmatization. His nutrition was poor; his frail grandma had no means of income to cater for her 5 grandchildren, all under age ten who live with her in a non-ventilated single room with thatched roof. She said she was waiting patiently for William’s death so she could allot a portion of the family compound to be dug for his burial, beside the graves of other family members who died of HIV/AIDS.
Timely intervention was provided by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project – Local Orphans and Vulnerable Children Partners in Nigeria- Region 3 (LOPIN3), with Health Initiatives for Safety and Stability in Africa (HIFASS) as the lead partner. LOPIN3 ensured that this family did not have reason to mourn a young child, through a series of interventions. The project provided adequate psycho-social support to the family and ensured William resumed taking medication. Tests revealed that he also had tuberculosis, so treatment was initiated. He was transferred to a health facility in Calabar by Offiong Enyi, a community volunteer, and was kept for some days for proper observation and care before returning home.

Disclaimer: This success story was made possible by the kind support from the American people delivered through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of Health Initiatives for Safety and Stability in Africa (HIFASS) and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of USAID or the U.S. Government.