ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Our programme on Education has two component – The formal and Informal. While we work in the communities to support the people gain access to formal education, we observed that some communities in Akwa Ibom do not have primary schools where children of school age can attend. This is evident in Ikot Akama community in Oruk Aman LGA, where there is no primary school. Children walk a distance of over 15km to attend school in other villages and they are always tired after trekking thereby attend school irregularly. This type of situation has increased the level of illiteracy in Ikot Akama community and many other communities in Akwa Ibom State. However, there are children who are not enrolled or dropped out of school due to many factors such as lack of adequate infrastructure. AHDC has constructed some schools in some of these communities to enable easy access to education
The child sponsorship component of AHDC is the component of education linking a child with a sponsor to support the child education and community. It is also a fund raising mechanism where the children under the sponsorship are ambassadors to development to their communities. Children between the ages of 1-18 are enrolled in the child sponsorship programme and they are linked to international sponsors which provide monthly support which is translated to infrastructural development in communities and direct provision of scholastic materials such as exercise and text books, pen, crayon, cream, soap, toothpaste, underwear and lunch packs on termly basis to facilitate access to education and continued learning.
ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICE DELIVERY
Access to primary health care service delivery in Akwa Ibom State is problematic, especially by over 75% of the population living in the rural communities. Access to primary healthcare becomes difficult where the health centres lack personnel, drugs and equipment. Community member resort to the use of traditional medicine (herbs) for treatment of ailment and traditional birth attendant (TBAs) for delivery while pregnant. AHDC work with communities to create easy access to health care service, by constructing primary health centres and engaging the community to advocate to the government for personnel and provision of drugs and equipment.
ACCESS TO SAFE AND CLEAN WATER
Clean and portable water is a crucial need, less than 60% of Akwa Ibom population of have access to safe drinking water. Most of the communities depended on water from the stream for daily needs such as drinking, washing, cooking and watering the farms.Children also spend so much time in the morning to get water from the stream to take their bath and perfume domestic chores before attending school. So AHDC decided to work with these communities to sink boreholes to serve the needs of the people. In Ikot Uminag Ede, Etinan LGA, the water borehole sunk by AHDC served as the only source of clean and safe water for the community people. The borehole is constructed at a centralized location where it becomes accessible to all members of the community.
ACCESS TO SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Vocational skill training is all encompassing, and very central to AHDC work in the communities for the purposes of employment, income generation as well as poverty reduction. AHDC established three women acquisition centres in Ikot Udobia, Etinan LGA, Nkana, Etinan LGA and Ediene Attai, Oruk Anam LGA, and provided equipment such as sewing machines, baking utensils, decoration materials, and bead making tools for the women to commence vocational skills training and acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences they require to perform effectively their social, economic and political roles to improve their livelihood.
AHDC supports women with Blood Pressure Equipment
AHDC supported women group in Ikot Umiang Ede community with a blood pressure machine to help the women regularly check their blood pressure. AHDC recognized since 60% of the women go through one form of abuse of the other (verbal abuse, physical abuse, emotional and psychological abuse), it was important for them to understand health and constantly check their blood pressure regularly so that they can seek medical help immediately. The women were presented with a potable sphygmomanometer (which is a blood pressure monitor which has an arm cuff, and a gauge to measure the blood pressure.).
Empowering Women through Women Peer Education Programme
The Women Peer Education Programme was established by AHDC in 2012. The purpose of the programme is to empower the women to rise above poverty through knowledge building, self-organizing and development of life skills as well as building a critical mass of women to obtain their rights from duty bearers.
Over the years, the Women Peer Education has evolved to a Network of Women Peer Educators of Nigeria (NEWPEN) which consist of women groups from other communities. The women groups have their meeting twice a month, during their meetings the women share experiences, analyses the problems, and train each other in peers using a specially designed booklet called promoting women empowerment through peer education. The booklet also covers a wide range of topics such as personal hygiene, skill acquisition, entrepreneurship, gender issues, negotiation and leadership skills.
ACCESS TO SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
AHDC instituted the AHDC livelihood Initiative Project (A-LiP) which is targeted at securing women’s economic empowerment by investing in rural women for enterprise development. We supported 4 community women groups of 20 person in each group under this initiative with seed grants to venture into any business of their choice and operate business as a group. Communities that benefited from this initiative are Ikot Uminag Ede, Ikot Aka/Ekpene Ubium/Nung Ikono and Minya Ntak.