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Sweden Embassy, MFCC trains 30 organizations on leveraging new media training

Youths have been advised and enlightened on the proper use of new media to demand accountability from the government across different levels and also to promote and achieve the Sustainable Developmental Goals in society.

The urge was made at an event organized by Media For Community Change (MFCC), a non-governmental organization (NGO) which focuses on using the media to amplify the voices of people at the grassroots and leverage on partnerships to proffer sustainable solutions to the looming challenges in different communities they work in.

The capacity building workshop which is the second of its kind was hosted by the Sweden Embassy in the Nation’s capital, Abuja on Thursday 27th of June, 2019 trained 30 participants from different NGOS in Nigeria on an event tagged ‘Maximizing New Media for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 2.0’.

Focusing on the theme, ‘Positioning your Organization for Global Impact’ sought to improve and educate startup and established ngos on how to successfully utilize the new media.

The facilitators at the event were Abiodun Essiet, Special Adviser to the Honourable Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) on ICT/ Civil societies who spoke on SDGS – Transparency in Politics and the role of New Media, Chioma Agwuegbo, Founder TechHer who addressed Achieving the sgds- The Role of New Media.

Other facilitators were Abraham Solomon, Lead Project Officer at The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Media and Information Literacy who lectured on Achieving the SDGS: Telling Impact Story with Photography, and louis ehimikhuai, a content creator and social media influencer who discussed new media tools for achieving the SDGS.

The participants were enlightened to demand accountability from the government across different levels, find respective niches, explore collaborations, and engage the right way on social media using viable contents.

The event was full of remarkable testimonials from the participants who now understood strategies on how to effectively apply their newly acquired skill when achieving Sustainable Development Goals.

WATER POVERTY IN ZOKUTU, ABUJA, NIGERIA

Beyond the radiance and lushness of Nigeria’s Federal Capital City – Abuja, some communities around the city centre live in abject water poverty which has greatly posed serious health-related challenges to the lives of the people and continually limit economic growth in the country.

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Water Source for Zokutu Community, Abuja


Surprisingly, there are several villages, shanties, and slums that lie around civilization yet lack of basic amenities and infrastructures to reflect national development. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 1 in 3 people, that is, 2.4 billion, live without sanitation facilities while 663 million people still lack access to safe and clean drinking water. In 2017, this estimate changed to 2.3 billion people without sanitation facilities and 844 million people without access to safe and clean drinking water.

Zokutu community located in Kuje Area Council, one of the six area councils in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory is included in these statistics. Clean water is considered a luxury by the residents of Zokutu community exemplifying the enigma of deficiency in the midst of plenty.

Seyifunmi Adebote and Jimoh Oluwatobi Segun of Media for Community Change took a trip to see how 3000+ people lived in Zokutu Community without access to water.

A cave, 6 feet below ground level is the only source of water in the community, filling an all-purpose gap: bathing, laundry, cooking and drinking – without any form of purification. It is pitiable, yet true to posit that the level of development in Zokutu is next to nothing reflected in the poor road networks, the mud houses and limited telecommunication access.

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A cave as source of water for Zokutu Community, Abuja

On average, women and young children in Zokutu community have to visit the cave 5 times daily, sadly, the residential area is quite distant to the cave. Left with no alternative, day and night, people have to pass through bushy paths to scoop the oily, dirty, coloured, and smelling water from the cave to meet their basic domestic uses.

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Women about to fetch water in the Cave at Zokutu Community

Because of the very steep slopes, women and children, mostly, have to ascend and descend the cave bare-footed to maintain a strong and firm grip. There have been cases of people falling and insects attack on people fetching water from the cave. Not surprising that the residents of Zokutu community are largely exposed to numerous health hazards, particularly, water-borne diseases and this is complicated by the absence of functional health facilities.

“I have lived here for over 30 years and this is the only source of water we have. Many times, people in the community fall sick because of the water they drink and when we go to the health centre, the people to attend to us complain that there are no drugs. Most of us are not in good health.” Danlani Mudu, the Security Chief (Seriki n pada) of Zokutu community lamented.

MFCC Speaking with Yoana Bauta, Chief of Zokutu Community.

The Head of Zokutu community, 62 years old Yoana Bauta confirming Mudu’s position explained, “Sadly, the cave is the only option we have. The absence of a functional hospital has made things worse, in fact, some of our children have died in our hands. We are pleading that a borehole or other healthier source of water should be provided for the community”, Bauta grieved.

The unavailability of water has also affected the hygiene of ladies and women in this community, exposing them to menstrual health infections and illnesses. Another resident, 14 years old David, said that water poverty in the community has posed a threat to his education, as well as, that of his siblings and friends.”

Titilope Fadare, For Media For Community Change Initiative

Abuja, Nigeria.

HOPESPRING, WATERAID, MFCC LAUNCHED WASHCLUB IN SCHOOLS

Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation, as a Non-governmental Organization with a core focus in alleviating water poverty and providing WASH education in communities, found it imperative to extend WASH education to schools by establishing WASH clubs in Nigeria schools under the ‘Hope Spring WASH to School’ (W2S) Initiative.

With the knowledge that a child spends an average of 6 hours in
school. While it is predicted that about 50% of schools in Nigeria do not have any source of improve water supply, 80% of schools lack WASH education, these daily exposes school children to grave health risk.

ABOUT THE WASH QUIZ COMPETITION:
The aim of the WASH Quiz competition organized by Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation was to create more awareness about Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) among Nigerian students. The event held on 20 March 2019, at IBI Training Centre, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, it is the first of its kind in Nigeria and was supported by WaterAid Nigeria, Media for Community Change, AgroNature Nigeria and EnvironFocus Nigeria.

In attendance were 58 students from 5 schools (both public and private schools.) List of schools in attendance includes;

  • Junior Secondary School Karmo, Sabo
  • Junior Secondary School Apo,
  • Solid Rock International School, Abuja.
  • Covenant International School, Abuja.
  • Junior Secondary School, Idu Koro.

THE WASH QUIZ CONTEST:
Solid Rock International Schools was the overall winner with a total score of 85 points, after one hour of interesting WaSH quiz session. The questions were tailored towards assessing the contestants’ knowledge of WaSH and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Covenant International School, JSS Karmo, JSS Apo and JSS Idu Koro recorded 75, 60, 35 and 35 points respectively. A Life Straw Community Water Dispenser was awarded to the winner. Branded bags, shirts and caps were handed over
to all participants.

Hope Spring Water remains committed to expanding reach to more schools across the federation and are following up with potential sponsors and partners who are passionate about imparting lives through providing water resources.

We look forward to strengthening and sustaining these collaborations to achieve the goal of the WASH Club initiative in Nigerian schools.

#VOTE4WASH: MFCC PARTNERS WATERAID

Elections come with various opportunities, one of which is presenting the people an opportunity to exercise their fundamental human right by voting responsible public office holders. As millions of Nigeria head to poll, Media For Community Change has partnered with WaterAid Nigeria to educate people on the need to #Vote4WASH during the #NigeriaDecides2019 and thereafter.

This is very important to our organization seeing that poor or no access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene facility is a big challenge in most local communities where we work. We understand that if leaders prioritise WASH sector and provide necessary infrastructures in their communities, it will transform the standard of living and improve health status.

Delivery of WASH services acts as a primary barrier to disease transmission and hygiene promotion, particularly handwashing with soap, has been identified as the most cost-effective disease control intervention. Yet 87% of the population do not have basic hygiene facilities and almost a third (29%) of hospitals and clinics in the country do not have access to clean water; the same percentage do not have access to clean water; the same percentage do not have safe toilets and one in six(16%) do not have anywhere to wash hands with soap according to a World Health Organization report.

Ekene May of MFCC explaining why you should #vote4WASH

Access to water, sanitation are crucial for good outcomes in health, nutrition, education & livelihoods and inadequate or poor WASH services have an impact on virtually all aspects of human development, disproportionately affecting the life chances of women and girls. No one should have to live without these basic life-saving services. Ensure your vote counts and demand these social services from your candidates and duty bearers.

Out of School Children in Nigeria: NGO Sent 31 back to School

To reduce the current high number of out-of-school children in Nigeria estimated at 13.5 million by UNICEF, and to combat the menace of illiteracy in Nigeria, Mr. Ibezim Chike Victor, the founder of the Mil-Vision Foundation has announced his organization’s plan to send 3 million out-of-school children back to school by 2030. Mr. Ibezim made this public during the official launch of the foundation’s activities at LEA Primary School Tunga-Maje, Abuja.

“Our vision clearly states that by 2030, we will send 3 million out-of-school children in Nigeria back to the classroom. We recognize that it is a very big task; however, we are committed to achieving this through the goodwill and donations of our partners, adequate monitoring, evaluation and reporting of our activities, as well as, maximally leveraging the individual and collective strengths of our volunteers.”

According to the Headmistress of LEA Primary School Tunga-Maje, FCT, Abuja, Hajia Usman Takwa, “We currently have 1812 boys and 977 girls but we still have so many out-of-school children out there in Tungan-Maja. The community is quite big and densely populated but we have only 97 teachers and limited infrastructure so it is beyond my power to get more students to school.”

At the official launch of the Mil-Vision Foundation which took place at LEA Primary School Tunga-Maje, Abuja on Thursday, January 10, 2019; thirty-one (31) indigent students benefited from a 100% per cent scholarship covering tuition fee, school uniforms, school bags, and writing materials.

According to the founder, “Our organization remains committed to providing quality education to indigent kids. We understand that education builds a nation. Developed countries today have invested heavily in education and it works for them.” Victor opined, “Primary school education is the most important stage in a child’s life, if a child is giving primary school education, it is easier for such children to speak for themselves, learn skills and live a more responsible life.”

To assist Mil-Vision Foundation to achieve her aim of getting 3 million out-of-school children back to the classroom, visit www.themilvisionfoundation.org.

IUCN FEATURES MFCC DURING COP24 in POLAND

The Global Climate Change Youth Movement is set to beat the Guinness World Record 2018 by engaging young people to create 100’000 climate change postcards. This project by The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC is a unique approach to engage children and youths to take immediate actions to stop global warming in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement.

As leaders and decision makers prepare to advance Climate Action during the Conference of Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Poland; Media for Community Change Initiative, an implementing partner in Nigeria has raised the voice of young people. Undoubtedly, children and youths make up the generations that can drive towards climate compatible as they will have to live longer with tomorrow’s climate. 

READ MORE ON IUCN WEBSITE

SDGS: CANADA HIGH COMMISSION TO HOST DECEMBER EDITION OF SDGSSTORY

By Joyce Ikhile and Seyifunmi Adebote – Abuja.
The High Commission of Canada, Abuja is set to host young Nigerians driving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Abuja. The December SDGsStory hangout will hold on Thursday, December 13th, 2018 in Abuja; the event is a monthly initiative of the Nigeria Youth SDGs Network which brings together young Nigerians who are actively working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
This month’s hangout themed “NIGERIA’S 2018 SDGS SCORECARD” is focused on evaluating the performance of Nigeria and will equally help position more youths to innovate better approach of driving the Global Goals  and in holding government more accountable.
Impressively, many young people in Nigeria, along with others across the world have been able to key into the Sustainable Development Goals framework which is aimed at making impacts that would make the world a suitable place for everyone to live.
The Nigeria Youths SDGs Network with over 1100 network members is a leading platform at the forefront of coordinating, inspiring and enabling young People across the country through robust conversations, numerous engagements and providing technical supports around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Young people, in or around Abuja, who work actively across various scopes of the Global Goals are welcomed to be part of the December edition of the SDGsStory Hangout. Dignitaries from the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Office of the Vice President and well as some members of the diplomatic corps will be in attendance.
The SDGsStory Hangout is made possible with support from DEAN Initiative and Media For Community Change Initiative.

Corps Member Provides Zhidu Community Water Facility

Recently, there has been heated debate about the relevance of the compulsory National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) scheme and some agitation for the program to be scrapped or reformed. In the face of this, a few young Nigerians still consider the scheme as an opportunity to travel outside their regions and learn extensively about other regions of the country.

This short video documents how a corp member, Johnson Eseoghene provides clean water for a marginalized community in Abuja, Nigeria. ► Full Documentary here: https://youtu.be/tNTEL6e4wa0

Among the crowd, an uncommon set of corps members appreciate the one-year program as a platform to go beyond the norm by looking out for location-specific challenges and bringing solutions to those they consider important. Mr. Johnson Eseoghene, a 2017 corps member in FCT, Abuja belongs to this uncommon few.

It is puzzling to figure how Mr. Johnson mapped out Zhidu community, a settlement in Lugbe axis of Nigeria’s Federal Capacity Territory, Abuja. Considering the peculiarities of this highly ignored community and how this reflects in the absence of social amenities –Schools, Water, Roads, Health centers, etc., There is so much that could be done in a  community like – Zhidu.

For Corps member Johnson Eseoghene, his contribution as a personal Community Development Service (CDS) was to drill a public borehole, funded by Hope Spring Water, to provide the people of Zhidu community clean water. In his words, “The project motivation that has pushed me to carry out is this borehole project for Zhidu Community is the lack of safe water around the world. Many women and children, especially young girls, trek long distances to get water for their family. A lot of children also die daily from water-related diseases. I believe that providing this borehole will go a long way to save many lives and bring more development to Zhidu community.”

Johnson Eseoghene who is also the president of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Community Development Service (CDS) group, was well commended by officials of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) and the community leaders in Zhidu for his initiative.

MFCC RAISED THE VOICES OF CHILDREN IN NIGERIA ON CLIMATE CHANGE

We are so glad to have served as an implementing partner for the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and Blue Luxury Investment to raise voices of children and youth in Nigeria about climate change!

In the last few days, we’ve engaged over 700 students across various schools in Nigeria on climate change and climate action; the students will set a new world record in the Guinness Book of Records having expressed their thought paintings on postcards.

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This project presented our team a unique privilege of interacting with different students in public and private schools across different classes. One thing stood out, their openness to learn more about Climate Change and the limitless expression of their creativity.

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With more enlightenment and an efficient support structure, perhaps they can convert these postcards expressions to practical Climate action.

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We believe the students can do more and be more if the policy makers in Nigeria and Africa at large can ensure quality education for students and quality investment into safeguarding our environment.

Many thanks to Uyolo, Blue Luxury Investments and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation for entrusting Media for Community Change Initiative with this very engaging and novel task. And to our local implementing partners – whole Aid Initiative and participating schools, We are happy that together we could make this a success.

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Watch this space for updates from COP24 in Poland!

MFCC TO PARTNER WITH Blue Luxury Investments & Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) intends to beat the Guinness World Record of the largest composed postcard with the help of children and youth. Blue Luxury Investments – BLI is partnering with the SDC to identify and enroll schools across Africa and South East Asia to help reach their target of 100,000 postcards.
 
Our global mandate is 100,000 postcards, We are glad that Media For Community Change is serving as an implementing partner in Nigeria. We are glad to be part of amazing partners and networks working towards helping Swiss Agency For Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Blue Luxury Investment – BLI to achieve the global target. Special thanks to our highly esteemed partner; Uyolo for the recommendation.
 
Please visit https://hazu.io/deza/postcard to read more.
 
More details about the challenge below: http://bit.ly/2zvUVIG
 
Watch this space for an amazing update.
 
Regards.