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
Post Conflict Natural Resources Management Practitioners
Focused Group Discussion at NRM Course
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.
On Wednesday, 19th February 2013,at about 11.30 am we arrived at Ugiagbe Primary school of Evbotubu Community.The children were having a break and they were all very excited about our visit. We, the ACD -Team ( Amanda,Julie,Mai) brought a local tailor to the school to make measurements of orphans and vulnerable children to get them proper school uniforms tailored.There were too many children that were wearing school uniforms in very bad conditions but as we only have a limited budget.To understand the importance of school uniforms in Nigeria it is essential to know that those constitute the foundation for a proper education.Without a school uniform children are sent home.They are not able to get education to have the best preconditions for an independent life. We were able to make measurements of 16 pupils.When hope to be able to proceed quickly that the children get their school uniforms as soon as possible. we still have 12 more children our list who still needs uniforms , but these one will have to wait till we are able to raise more funds. We want to say a big thank you to all who gave to help to keep these children in school
As part of our effort to support the development of the Educational sector and encourage reading and creative writing, Action For Community Development organized an essay competition with the title Re-Inventing Nigeria Democracy: Imperative on the way forward on the November 19th 2013 Time 12pm.
10 Schools were selected and invited for the competition. The following were the list of schools invited in Benin City ,Edo State -Nigeria.
1 Asoro Secondary School.
2 Evbotubu Secondary School
3 Columbia Secondary School.
4 Franej International High School..
5 Greater Grace Educational center
6 Ighile Group of Schools
7 Word of faith Group of Schools.
8 Imperial College .
9 Norman -Edward
The competition was opened to students from J.S 3-SS 3 with each school being represented by two students each. Prizes to be won ranges from a computer for the first place winner, school bags and books, Sandals and other consolation prizes.The competition took place at Greater Grace School in Evbotubu Benin City.
Action For Community Development as since September last year began the ICOSSAP (IMPROVED COMMUNITY SAFE SEX AND PREVENTION OF PARENT TO CHILD TRANSMISSION OF HIV/AIDS) Project. It is the Second phase of the Project COWSSAP. ACD staffs payed a visit to Okhukhugbo and Evbotubu Community on the 19th of January where the project is being carried out.The aim of the visit was to hold a Monthly Community Mentor ship Meetings with the two Community and to inform them of the selection of Community Peers Educators that would be holding peer sessions in the community. They were also told that these selected peer Educators will be trained on their roles and responsibilities.