NIGERIA: COMMUNITY CENTRE PROJECT
Our proposed Jeffery Ikeaka Community Centre will be designed to serve as an avenue where children, youths, women and community members will have the opportunity to access educational, recreational, human welfare, health and entrepreneurship programes for the people of Dikenafai and neighbouring communities.
Nigeria is a country blessed with abundant agriculture and wealth derived from oil; yet poverty and inequality is widespread especially in rural areas where up to 80 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. The community centre will help reduce poverty in Dikenafai and other neighbouring communities.
- To provide educational, recreational, cultural, healthcare services and lifelong learning opportunities for children, youths and adults.
- To offer after school programs for children.
- To provide low cost food programs (and an emergency food program for those without sufficient means) serving approximately 300 people a month.
- To provide regular weekly/ monthly recreational and cultural activities to children from elementary and high school.
- To increase the proficiency of adults in our target communities by making them literate in English language, life skills and entrepreneurship programs.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMES
The Jeffery Ikeaka Community Centre will be dedicated to offering after school programs to children ages from (6 to 12 years) and youths (13-19 years). After School programs will serve children and youth to encompass a broad range of focus areas including academic support, mentoring, youth development, arts, sports and recreation. Children and youths can drop by after school to participate in sports, do their homework’s, play ping pong, videogames or just hang out with their friends. The Jeffery Ikeaka Community Centre would also have two youth workers available to supervise, assist with homework and give advice.
GIRLS RIGHT CLASSES/PROGRAMES
Our girl’s right programs will support efforts to strengthen women’s rights, advance sexual and reproductive rights. We will tackle gender-based violence through our programs as well as working with young women to address their needs in relations to violence, education, livelihoods, sexual and reproductive health. We will also work with women who have particular vulnerabilities to violence and discrimination.
Jeffery Ikeaka Community Center will host monthly screening fairs, inviting various recognized hospitals in Nigeria as well as nutritionist and specialists on exercise and fitness. Blood pressure screenings will also be held. Materials on lifestyles issues (high blood pressure, tobacco use, elevated cholesterol and sedentary lifestyle) will be provided.
ADULT LITERACY PROGRAMES
Helping adults in rural communities gain literacy skills helps reduce poverty, improve public health and advance human rights around the world. The Jeffery Ikeaka Community Centre is committed to offering adult literacy programs such as reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Under the entrepreneurship/ Programs, Jeffery Ikeaka community center will offer girls an opportunity to learn skill/ vocational programs. This will reduce unemployment rates by offering girls extra skills such as tailoring and baking.