Flashback to 2018! Let’s do more in 2019!!

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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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Nursery Students of the School Without Walls

Happy 2019!

2018 was an amazing year for us all as we worked together towards one common goal – BUILDING LIVES!

2019 is here and we at Life Builders Initiative are wishing you all a prosperous, healthy and blessed year ahead! We look forward an exciting year ahead as we impact more lives together in 2019!

In 2019, asides scaling up our various projects for more impact, we have introduced some special projects like the Quarterly Birthday Celebrations for the children of the School Without Walls,  Literacy Leaders Club, we would be building up our special needs center, e-library, school clinic, and multipurpose court amongst other developments! This year we would also be celebrating our 5th Year Anniversary with special programs themed – 5 YEARS BUILDING LIVES!

Life Builders Initiative for Education and Societal Integration is a non-profit, non-governmental civil society organization whose primary mission is to contribute meaningfully to the life of the poor, less-privileged and internally-displaced persons. Our main thrust is to use education and other socio-economic tools to reactivate their enormous endowments and engage them to sustainably improve their lives and transform them into agents of change both for their immediate communities and the nation at large.

Several programs are being implemented in the under-served and vulnerable communities such as; School Without Walls (for the children), Open-Day Medical Outreach, Societal Integration Programs, and skills acquisition/empowerment training programs.

Here’s a review of our 2018 projects!

EDUCATION PROJECTS

School Without Walls

SWW is a project of the Life Builders Initiative. Our focus is to provide affordable, adaptable and accessible quality education to out of school children. The learning centers are located in Camp David, Area 1 and New Kuchigoro IDP Camp, where the internally-displaced children and other out-of-school children from over 11 underserved communities attend every day. At the end of 2018, Our student population was 627 comprising of 242 at Camp David Learning Center and 385 at New Kuchingoro Learning Center.

Notable SWW activities for 2018

  • On the 6th of March, 21 students were taken on an excursion to Central Bank of Nigeria by a partner organisation – Beyond Mentors Community Care Initiative.

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  • On the 13th of March 2018, in celebration of Commonwealth Day, two internally displaced students of the School Without Walls, were nominated by the national assembly of Nigeria, to represent Nigeria at the 4th Youth Parliament of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region) in Kampala, Uganda from the 14th – 20th of April 2018. After a careful selection process by the Program Manager and Head Teachers, Felicia John – a 16 year old girl who was displaced with her family from Adamawa State – and Ashifa John – a 14 year old boy who was displaced with his family from Borno State – were selected and they successfully travelled and were sworn in as honorable members of the 4th Youth Parliament of the CPA. Their tenure lasts for 2 years.

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  • After the launch of Civic X, a project of Civic foundation for Innovation at the School Without Walls Camp David Learning Center, on August 1st 2018, two students of the SWW were invited to the residence of the VP, by the wife of the VP – Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo – for an opportunity to spend the day at Aguda House and also to go book shopping with her excellency. Shortly after, they had to honor to accompany her Excellency to a book challenge event at the British Council.

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  • On October 1st 2018, Students under the School Without Walls and education projects were privileged to attend the launch of a photo exhibition aimed at promoting unity and patriotism among Nigerians, especially the youth was held on October 1 in Abuja as part of activities marking Nigeria’s 58th Independence Day anniversary. The exhibition, tagged ANISZA, is a bold response to the ethnic and religious agitations that have bedeviled the country since it got its independence from Britain in 1960. It was declared opened by the VP of Nigeria, His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who the children were privileged to meet.

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Photo Source: google images – VP Osinbajo at ANISZA unity Photo Exhibition. by Novo Isioro

  • On the 6th of November, the teachers and management of the SWW attended the Nigeria’s Annual Education Conference 2018 which was themed: Education for Self-Reliance: “A system’s approach to Education for the achievement 2030 Agenda”. During the conference, we learned best practices and the importance of collaborations towards achieving the Education 2030 goals.
  • On November 1st 2018, students of the SWW were privileged to attend a program organized by partner organisation – Whole Life Initiative – in commemoration of World Savings Day. The program was aimed at promoting financial literacy in Nigeria and the children learnt about financial planning, goal setting, and safety in using digital financial products. They were excited to learn that they are #nottooyoungtohammer the right way through savings.

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OUR VISITORS

During the term, we have had a number of individuals and organisations visit to spend time and share gifts of love to the children and also support the project in various capacity.

Whilst individuals wish to remain anonymous, here are the organisations who visited us during the year:

  • Alfa Reading Society
  • APC Young Women Forum
  • Arctuals Concepts
  • Baze University
  • Creative Kids Academy
  • Faduk Care Foundation
  • Foursqure Gosple Church – Teenage Ministry
  • Greater Blessings School
  • IDAs Pride Foundation
  • Korean Cultural Centre
  • NTIC Foundation
  • Nigerian Army
  • Nile University – Medical Department
  • NYSC SDGs Skills Sub Group
  • Oasis Empowerment and Advocacy Foundation
  • Office of the Wife of the Vice President
  • PAS Beginner Academy
  • Pink Breath Foundation
  • Project Help Initiative
  • Rotary International
  • Shorelight Education
  • Soccer4Peace Academy
  • Sisters United for the Needy Foundation
  • The Ohita Foundation
  • The Praxis Catholic School
  • Voyage International School
  • Wana Foundation
  • Youth Hub Africa

Student Scholarship Project

Life Builders Initiative, through her flagship project “School Without Walls” is poised to provide adaptable, accessible and affordable quality education for out of schoolchildren. Our aim is to rehabilitate children of school age who have found themselves out of school system either by the financial inability of their parents, armed conflicts, or lack of proximity to a school in their formative years.

Such is the story of the 67 pupils that were re-integrated into the formal education sector having gone through various degree of educational rehabilitation and individually required, they were tested, were successful at the prescribed test by the admitting school.

The next step after 5, 4, 3 years of learning at our learning centers is rehabilitating them. For this, we are grateful to our partners who made this possible.

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OTHER PROJECTS OF LIFE BUILDERS INITIATIVE FOR EDUCATION AND SOCIETAL INTEGRATION

Vocational Training

In partnership with Lotus Center of Excellence, a vocational training center, the students of the School Without Walls (would be scaled up to other willing children and youths in 2019) are taught life skills such as leather works, tie and dye, hair & dressmaking, fish farming etc. to prepare them for self-sustaining life. We recognize that many of them may have to fund their education later in life, hence we seek to empower them to function in this role when the need arises.

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Medical outreaches

In the year 2018, LBI in partnership with qualified medical personnel coordinated 2 medical outreaches with over 450 beneficiaries across 2 under-served communities Wassa IDP Community and Camp David {which serves Dagba and several neighboring communities and area 1 IDP camp.

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Societal Integration Projects

During the year, with support from our amazing volunteers, LBI coordinated our yearly special projects where we focused on the social well-being of the children in various IDP and under-served communities.

Here’s an overview of such projects coordinated in 2018:

Easter Vacation Bible School

The Easter Vacation Bible School (EVBS) scheduled from 9th to 13th of April 2018, was a successful one-week program for children from the age of 3 – 18 years, where Bible teachings were taught; focusing on Love, Forgiveness and Hope. The Children also indulged in other fun-filled activities which helped to enhance their ability to imbibe the lessons learnt from each day’s events.

Budding Leaders Summer Camp

The Budding Leaders Training Summer camp was a five (5) day’s event organized for children from the age of 6-17 years scheduled from Monday 20th to Friday 24th August 2018 from 9:am – 3:00pm every day. They were introduced to the basics of good leadership, the need for maturity and regard for the needs of the masses. Each of these days were loaded with educational and fun-filled activates with commendable degree of socialization among the children.

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End of the Year Party

The End of the year party which held on Saturday 9th December 2018, was a day of fun and excitement for all. The day was supported by Biobak Kitchen, Lotus Center for Excellence, Goal Initiative and various individuals. We had visits from Full Gospel Business Men fellowship and some staff from INEC, who brought items for the children and community members. This was a special occasion as we marked the graduation of 67 students who had graduated during the year into secondary school levels at a partner government school under sponsorship provided by LBI and our partners and friends. During the end of the year party, Whole Life Initiative also donated library furniture and we officially launched the School Without Walls library. Items made by the students during their vocational Classes was also placed on display by Lotus Center of Excellence during the party. It was indeed a fun filled day.

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PARTNERS

Last year, we partnered with a number of like-minded organisations in providing sustainable development through free quality education and all the supporting projects like school feeding, vocational training, extra curricula activities, sports, and special research projects.

Here is a list of organisations we have partnered with this year:

Biobak Kitchen:

throughout the year, they have consistently provided food items such as gallons of oil, different types of protein, soup and stew to support our effort in providing a meal everyday of each term and during special holiday projects

Goal Initiative:

a partner since 2017, they have since then provided resource support during our Societal Integration projects. As regards the school without walls project, Goal Initiative in partnership with LBI organized a variety day for the underserved at the 2 learning centers where various volunteers spent the whole day at the learning centers interacting, learning and sharing skills with the children.

Beyond Mentors:

a partner since 2017, they coordinate an after school club known as Rags to Riches Club, where the children learn about the importance of cultivating the saving habit from a young age. In March 2018, the children had a fun time at an excursion organized by the Beyond Mentor team to the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Arm the Child Foundation:

the foundation focused on a literacy clinic at the New Kuchigoro learning center. They also held extra lessons for the IDPs during the summer holiday.

Linking Hands Foundation:

the foundation based in Lagos, Nigeria supports our education project by proving scholarship for students of the School Without Walls. In the 2017/2018 session, the foundation sponsored 100 students from both the primary and secondary sections.

Lotus Center for Excellence:

the vocational skills center built by Mr. Joseph Olotu at the Camp David learning center, presently caters for the students of the SWW, who are learning life skills such as hair making, fashion designing, leather works, photography and tie and dye. Asides the skills, the students are also taught the business aspects of each vocational skill. They also supported our Student Scholarship Project by providing scholarship for a few of the students.

Civic Foundation for Innovation:

through their Civic X project, which is focused on making technology accessible to rural communities, the students of the SWW were privileged to be pioneer beneficiaries learning various computing skills through their mobile learning lab.  The students were also privileged to speak with the wife of the Vice President – H.E. Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo and also meet her in person on various occasions.

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law:

We were privileged to work in partnership with The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law on the ‘Justice Needs and Satisfaction in Nigeria’ report. The report highlighted the justice needs of Nigerians especially the under-served and serves as a tool for providing solutions on the long run.

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Whole Life Initiative for Development in Africa:

a foundation focused on promoting development in Nigeria and Africa at large, they partnered with LBI to use Education as a focal point to promoting development for the displaced/disadvantaged children we cater for. This partnership would last till 2019 and is focused on providing a library, an ICT Lab, and creating awareness for various notable cause like reading, financial literacy etc.

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VISIT OF THE VICE PRESIDENT; HIS EXCELLENCY – PROF. YEMI OSINBAJO

On the 27th of December, the founder and Chairman BOT LBI – Dr. Sanwo Olatunji David, hosted the Vice President of Nigeria at his residence in Games Village. The social visit of Prof Yemi Osinbajo was focused on discussing the challenges faced by the idps in the various communities we work in and the impact LBI has had and is having in such communities. The founder, Dr. Sanwo Olatunji David also took the VP to visit New Kuchingoro IDP community where he was able to relate with the community members in order to understand their plights better and provide a long lasting solution to their challenges.

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THANK YOU!

We would wish to express our deepest appreciation to all our Partners, Sponsors and Volunteers for supporting LBI projects and taking time out to visit, interact, share gifts and have fun playing games with the children of the School Without Walls during 2018, There is no way to fully express our gratitude for your commitment to this divine assignment of improving the lives of the poor, underserved, vulnerable and internally displaced persons (IDPs), thus giving them a sense of belonging.

For more information on LBI’s projects please visit our website: www.lifebuildersng.org/blog 
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