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Remarks on International Workers’ Day

Remarks on International Workers’ Day

01 May 2020

 

Today has a particularly important meaning for us as individuals working or volunteering in the nonprofit sector. As we reflect on our contributions to the country, our efforts in helping to curb the spread of Covid-19 and maintain support to the vulnerable population whom we traditionally serve, I am grateful to the hardworking men and women who work in the sector, earning next to nothing, under very tight working conditions, deadlines and lean resources to give hope to millions of people in communities across the country.

As one who has worked all his life in the sector, starting as a volunteer and gradually moving up the ladder into full staff, I understand first-hand the goodwill that comes with working with nonprofit organisations as well as the downsides. That is why as part of my work in the coming months, I will be convening a nonprofit staff forum to discuss issues you face and create together some fun-filled activities to celebrate our work and the value we bring to the development landscape in Nigeria and across the world.

Certainly, it will take a while for our world to return to normal. More than ever before, we will now need a more dedicated and resilient workforce that will help deliver post-Covid responses across the country alongside our normal programming before the pandemic.

I hope I can count on you to stay safe and committed to bringing development to the doorsteps of the common man.

Thank you for all you do!

Oyebisi, B. Oluseyi
Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic will have implications for nonprofits as well their staff members, volunteers, interns and beneficiaries. We have therefore, put together this practical guidance to help nonprofits cope and think through their operations during the pandemic. This document responds to some of the common challenges we see nonprofits facing. Download here Covid 19 Nonprofit Advisory

Press Release- Call for a Total Lock-down of the Nation

Press Release- Call for a Total Lock-down of the Nation

Lagos, Nigeria, March 27, 2020

 

Amid the current COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria—the Nigeria Network of NGOs is following with appreciation, the efforts of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Federal Ministry of Health, Lagos State Government, Private Sector, Philanthropists and Civil Society Organisations to curb the spread of the virus.

The members of the Network welcomes encouraging developments coming from the handling of the outbreak including the measures being taken by governments at the sub-national level and recognises that this represents a significant step towards ending the pandemic. Members also welcomed the measures being considered by the Federal Government as announced by the Minister of Information and Culture on March 26, 2020.

With the current status of the world right now and the unprecedented spread of COVID-19, this is the right time for Nigeria to enforce a total lock-down. We are increasingly concerned about the impact a further delay in locking down the country could have on the spread of the disease considering our weak healthcare system.

Understanding that measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic must be properly weighed and taken seriously, following stakeholder-wide consultations with its members, experts, thought leaders, trends analysis and results of an opinion poll, the Nigeria Network of NGOs encourages the Federal Government of Nigeria to consider a total lock-down of the country for 14 days.

We understand the impact a lock-down would have on the vulnerable and under-served communities. However, this is a decision that prioritizes citizens’ welfare, safety and social responsibility. The resulting scenario from a lack of timely decision to implement a total lock-down could be seen from ongoing spread of the outbreak in the United States and Britain—world powers with better healthcare systems.

In times like this, our resilience as citizens will come to the fore as can be seen from our history. When the spread is curtailed, we must now as a nation prioritise our national identity management and banking system including a robust social protection floor to capture as many citizens as possible and address the fallout from the pandemic.

 

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About the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) is the first generic membership body for civil society organizations in Nigeria that facilitates effective advocacy on issues of poverty and other developmental issues.  For 28 years, we have worked to give non-profits in the country the needed support to keep their doors open and to serve millions of communities, families, individuals and variety of causes that critically need their intervention. www.nnngo.org

 

For further information:

Oyindamola Aramide

oyindamola.aramide@nnngo.org

+234 706 516 0956

 

Dear Colleagues,

Like many of you, we have spent the last few days and weeks understanding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting the nonprofit sector. For the Nigeria Network of NGOs, that means learning how it affects employees, beneficiaries and communities we serve, including what the necessary adjustments to our work and operations would look like.

As the outbreak escalates, our focus has been on keeping people safe and informed especially nonprofit employees. This going forward will be at the centre of our conversations for days and months to come. We have made several moves in our operations that I would like to share with you.

I have listened to my colleagues individually to understand how the outbreak will affect their productivity and have used this information to decide what measures we need to put in place to support each staff. One of such is the voluntary work from home policy, where I am allowing staff members, especially those with long commute, to work from home should they decide to.

We have ramped up our personal hygiene with hand sanitizers distributed to all staff and hand washing encouraged. We are practicing social distancing while at work and contributing positively to public discourse on the outbreak while serving as a source of calm and sound advice internally and externally.

To do what we can to help stop the spread of the virus, our Lagos and Ibadan offices are closed to visitors from Monday 23, 2020, a strict travel ban for employees is in place and we have cancelled workshops and events with large gatherings in line with government directives. We are closely following the Nigeria Center for Disease Control’s (NCDC) guideline and recommendations on the steps we can take to prevent the spread of the virus.

We also want to help our members everywhere to find help and receive training and support from our team. We are expanding our premium membership benefits to all members and opening up all our electronic channels—email: nnngo@nnngo.org , seyi@nnngo.org , timothy@nnngo.org , adeola.odunsi@nnngo.org , chidinma.okpara@nnngo.org , aramide.oyindamola@nnngo.org ; phone: 0906 946 0107, 0906 948 6207, 0906 946 9197 to pick up your request for support. We are here to help.

We understand the outbreak will have implications for contractual engagement with donors. Please let them know immediately how this is affecting your work as you may have to renegotiate restrictions and timing on grant reporting and explicitly plan for the unexpected.

Whatever happens in the next coming days, weeks and months we will be here to help nonprofits address their challenges. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and do all we can to provide support and guidance to weather the storm.

Thank you.

Oyebisi, B. Oluseyi,
Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs.

House of Representatives Rejects Civil Society Bill

House of Representatives Rejects Civil Society Bill

Lagos, Nigeria, March 17, 2020/NNNGO/

 

The 2,719 members of the Nigeria Network of NGOs warmly welcome the resolve of the House of Representatives to reject “A Bill to Establish the Civil Societies Regulatory Commission for Coordinated Regulation of Civil Society Organisations” which happened on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

This resolution results from the commitment of lawmakers particularly those who stood on the floor of the House to uphold fundamental freedoms associated with civic space. We are pleased that the rejection of this bill drew its strength from constitutional provisions of our dear country, which provides the framework for freedom of association and assembly. We are satisfied with Hon. Tajudeen Abbas’ (sponsor of the bill) interest to step down the bill.

A moment of great importance has been accorded to the work of civil society organisations with this singular act by members of the House of Representatives.

With members of the House of Representatives rejecting this bill, there is now real hope that the journey to protecting civic space in Nigeria has started, one if properly embarked upon will lead to opportunities for more inclusive society.

Profiling Feet of Grace Foundation

Profiling Feet of Grace Foundation

For many years now, they have been demonstrating the power of positive attitude and by all means rocketing towards their goals since its inception in November 2014.

Since 2014, The Feet of Grace Foundation has been enriching lives by raising funds to provide both upper and lower extremity prosthesis and wheelchairs to amputees; children under 18 years of age, young ladies and women alike. The Foundation has also been facilitating educational scholarship for needy amputee children while supporting catalytic activities to alleviate poverty for women amputees.

By the end of 2019, 41 amputees would have benefited from the support provided by the Foundation. This support includes 42 prosthetic limbs (3 more to be delivered by the end of the month), and two wheelchairs (including one motorized for a double amputee). Three female amputees received seed funds to reestablish their small scale businesses. Six amputees are currently benefiting from educational scholarship with support from partner-organizations.

The Feet Of Grace Foundation also supports replacement of the prosthetic limbs for the children as they grow, and repairs/maintenance of all limbs provided as they wear out from daily use.

Well-done Dr Irene Olumese and your entire team.

#MotivationalMonday #StillStanding #LeaveNoOneBehind #Agenda2030 #GlobalGoals

Profiling The Irede Foundation (TIF) on International Day of Persons with Disability 2019.

Profiling The Irede Foundation (TIF) on International Day of Persons with Disability 2019.

Amputation surgery is an orthopedic surgical procedure carried out as the last resort, when limb salvage is not feasible. It is usually associated with social, emotional and psychological disturbances to patients and their families.

The incidence of amputation in populations have a base figure of 1-2 amputees per 1000 people for all causes combined. Some causes include: trauma (34%); malignant tumours (14.5%); diabetics (12.3%); infections (5.1%); peripheral artery disease (2.1%); and burns (2.1%).

Limb loss is much more common than many people realize, and its numbers, growing by the day. It is sad to know that statistics on the numbers of amputees especially in the developing world are staggering. Globally, there are more than 1 million annual limb amputations -— one every 30 seconds.

The estimated prevalence of extremity amputation in Nigeria is 1.6 per 100,000. Reports have revealed that the number is expected to double by 2050, which will by the way be faster than population growth. Meanwhile, limb loss isn’t just costly in the financial sense; it is expensive psychologically too.  According to research, approximately 30% of people with limb loss suffer from depression, anxiety, or both. While the demands on prosthesis in third world countries are often more difficult to meet than in developed countries, one way many organisations have lent their hands(giving their widow’s mite) is in the number of artificial limbs that they have been able to deliver particularly to the less privileged in the society.

As a provider of care and prosthesis for those suffering from limb loss, The Irede Foundation understands the peculiarity of this situation and in their own little way have ensured that if not all,  at least,  some are not left behind even in their bid to making children walk,  run and play again.

In this light,  The Irede Foundation focuses on working with child amputees to give them hope and help them live a fulfilled life. The foundation is able to achieve this feat by educating the general public, while also encouraging caregivers and empowering indigent children between ages 0-18 with artificial limbs.

Activities Include:

Limb Empowerment Programme: This program sorts for child amputees whether through congenital limb loss or through trauma, providing them with prosthetic limbs from first contact to age 18. With the goal to extend their voices globally, TIF organizes an annual 2km advocacy walk tagged “Out on a Limb”. The 2019 Walk was themed “ Ensuring Inclusiveness” for children and persons living with a disability. The Walk happens simultaneously across Nigeria.

For TIF, year 2019 has been full of eventful and worthy activities and achievements. TIF 2019 Achievements include:

* Limb Empowerment Programme: The Irede Foundation has been able to empower 21 child amputees with artificial limbs in the year 2019. Cumulatively, TIF has thus far empowered 99 child amputees with 136 limbs across 17  states in the 6 geo-political zones of the country.

* Out On A Limb: Recorded successful walks across 17 states in Nigeria and 7 global locations and recorded over 1,000 people in attendance with an indirect reach of 10,000.

*Media Feature:  Few months ago,  The Irede Foundation got featured on the top two Global Media Houses: CNN and BBC

In the bid to tell the world the story of Irede,  The CNN Changemaker captured the activities of the Foundation through the eyes and voice of the Executive Director as well as the full coverage  of Prosthetic Production (http://bit.ly/IREDECNN)

The BBC African Voices was also able to focus their lenses on people who have become  beneficiaries of the Foundation. http://bit.ly/IREDEBBC

The Irede Foundation is not about ready to relent in their service to humanity, TIF wants communities to be on the lookout and refer that child amputee who is in dire need of a prosthesis to The Irede Foundation, for at the Foundation, they  believe goodness has come to every amputee child that steps into their Foundation.

 

Profiling Sparkle Foundation on World Toilet Day

Profiling Sparkle Foundation on World Toilet Day

Some go to streams, some visit the bushes. Meanwhile in the process of doing this serious business, some, sadly have been bitten by reptiles.

One major outcome of the lack of sanitation facilities is open defecation, which according to some experts results in waterborne diseases outbreak such as dysentery and cholera particularly amongst children.

According to Nigeria Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Reports, the country’s sanitation sector is in near epileptic condition. It is with this aim to achieving SDG 6 for cleaner environments together with building some self-reliance, socio-economic development and improved physical wellbeing with great hope for a brighter future, Sparkle Foundation for orphans and the less privileged sees to the provision of health and educational support to the poor particularly in rural communities.

Health-concerned foundation that they are known for, Sparkle also encourages family planning for an effective birth control in several communities. Still on family planning, the Foundation partnered with NURHI (Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative) in other to create awareness on Family planning through sensitization. Sparkle Foundation was able to register 217 women for preferred methods; ranging from MICROGYNON, DEPO INJECTION, NORISTERAT INJECTION, IMPLANON and JADELLE. For the effectiveness of this sensitization, Sparkle ensured to distribute about 1,068 male and female condoms.

Sparkle has also successfully carried out various health awareness programs for children and youths; from drug abuse to mental health to basic hygiene.

At Sparkle Foundation, they believe every child through improved nutritional status and reduced physical ailments can achieve his/her potentials which can help create a viable sound future.

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS INCLUDE:

  • Supported visual abilities of children by providing 150 children with eye drops and prescribed reading glasses to 21 children.
  • Renovation of 16 toilets for pupils and 2 Teachers’ toilets which has finally put an end to open defecation at Makoko Primary School in Lagos State.
  • Supported 2,200 families of children with food items through our Christmas Give Away, as part of our support to end hunger and malnutrition.

Committing to Realizing Positive Sustainable Change – November Newsletters 2019

Committing to Realizing Positive Sustainable Change – Istanbul Principle XIII

Over the years, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have embarked on programs/projects that assist communities to become empowered and ultimately attain sustainable development. In the bid to implement various sustainable development-related projects, CSOs are often encouraged to work in collaboration with beneficiaries by involving them at the various stages of the project implementation through proper consultation, information-sharing, and partnerships.

As agents of development, CSOs serve as service delivery partners and therefore act as the link between the public and private sectors as well as stand in a position to more holistically identify and address developmental gaps that have been otherwise left behind by the other two sectors. Very importantly, they serve as a political watchdog and ensure equitable governance through monitoring and reporting progress at local levels.

The eighth Istanbul principle of development effectiveness – “CSOs are effective as development actors when they collaborate to realize sustainable outcomes and impacts of their development actions, focusing on results and conditions for lasting change for people, with special emphasis on poor and marginalized populations, ensuring an enduring legacy for present and future generations” implies that; for effectiveness, self-reliance, and sustainability on project impacts, CSOs should embark on capacity building projects to develop the knowledge and skill of the community to mobilize resources.

CSOs programs should be aimed at improving the economic well-being of communities by job creation and income generation which in the long run, will contribute to sustainable community development. Proper consultation and embarking on community-driven projects motivates local level participation in developmental projects to improve their quality of life and commit to realizing sustainable change.

Project sustainability should always be factored before embarking on project activities. The beneficiaries need to feel the impact of the project even after the project/donor fund is exhausted. Project effectiveness and maintenance can be actualized through proper stakeholder mobilization, collaboration and building larger and more active local constituencies for grass root support and ensuring no one is left behind.

This newsletter is supported by Forus. However, the ideas and opinions presented in this document do not necessarily represent those of Forus , NNNGO or any other organisations mentioned.