On 8th of March 2013, ACD team, Amanda and Mai, went back to Ugiagbe primary school to give the school uniforms to some of the orphans and vulnerable children of the school.
prior to giving them school uniforms , we had been at the primary school on the 19th of February with a tailor to take measurements.When we arrived at about 10 am the children were having classes.
When we entered the class the children recognized us and were very happy as they knew that the school uniforms were ready. Amanda had a list of the names of the children and called each name. The other children in the class applauded for each child that came to the classroom after changing into a new uniform.One could easily see the happiness in the children’s faces.With this new school uniform their education is now secured for some time.
We were able to give uniforms to 16 pupils but this is unfortunately not enough.We saw many children in torn sandals or children that didn’t have proper school bags or uniforms.
We hope to be able to give more to those children with your help.
We want to thank all the donors so much for making this possible.
The meeting with Pathfinder International team took place in ACD Executive Director’s Office at about 10.am on the 26th of this month 2013, it started with introduction of Pathfinder International team before ACD staffs followed suit.
The meeting which lasted for about three hours, with the pathfinder representatives Carrying out assessment in order to to know areas they will provide technical assistance. This they did so by going through our organization past and present records. which include the constitution, mode of recruitment, organogram, work plans for projects e.t.c and also commending ACD on the projects they have implemented so far and also looking at their track records both present and past, before pointing to ACD areas that they need to increase productivity.
Dr. Rene Mary Mathew, Team Leader from Pathfinder int l also called for the need for NGOs to involve community most in our projects.she also encourage that other areas should be looked into trying to integrate HIV with other areas like sanitation. if for example NGOS want to fight and eradicate polio they must first of all tackle environmental sanitation. She also promised that they will also come to do a formal training for program staffs and board of trustee members. She finally threw more light on national PMTCT response in Nigeria. The meeting came to a close at about 2.30pm.
POST CONFLICT COURSE
Action For Community Development
Attended a course on Managing Natural Resources in Post Conflict Recovery and Re-integration.From 26th of February to 2nd of March 2012 in Montreux Switzerland.
The course was organized by CSRS of the Naval Post Graduate School in collaboration with IAWG,UNDP and UNEP.
The course showed clearly the current United Nations Standards (IDDR) International Standards for Demobilization, Demilitarization and Re-integration.
It also emphasized on a holistic community centred approach to re-integration.
On Wednesday,20th of February, we, Amanda and Mai went to the cattle market in Evbuotubu Community to hold a peer session.When we arrived at about 1pm there were already about 6 men and 4 women gathered. The peer educator was already awaiting for us.
Amanda educated the people on the meaning of HIV and the distinction between HIV/AIDS. Moreover the attendants were taught about the causes of HIV, and the symptoms of AIDS. Most importantly the attendants were not only given an understanding of the transmission of the virus but also about how HIV does NOT spread and how to protect themselves . After the session the attendants were free to ask questions. One of the peers said he taught HIV virus could be transmitted through hand shake but now he knows better. One of the peers, Kingsley said with this regular session where they get enlightened, a society that is HIV FREE is possible since they now know how to prevent it. From the amount of questions one could tell that the session had made the people think about this issue and the enlightenment was very clear to them.