Building Futures Report

FINAL REPORT & FINANCIAL STATEMENT

 
 
Tableof ContentPages
1.Presentation of Building Futures Project Award to Sponsor A Child, 24th February 20103
2.Final Report: Project Description3
3.Beneficiary Description4
 At Risk Children4
 Caregivers4
4.Pillar 1 – Orphanage Aid4
 Result (Table)5
 Beneficiary Praise for Orphanage Aid6
5.Pillar 2 – Education6
 Objectives6
 Furnished libraries stocked with:6
 Safe playgrounds for children 3 – 13 years7
 Results8
 Commissioning of Resource Centres8
 Impact of the Resource Centres15
 Local Champions20
6.Pillar 3 – Child Rights Advocacy & Capacity Building20
 Objectives20
 Manual Description & Justification20
 Millennium Development Goals:21
 Results21
 Trainings Held (October 2009 →)21
 Presentation of ‘Local Champions’ to Dean, College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital21
 Caregivers Training Participants22
 Praise for Local Champions – Caregivers Training Programme22
7.Pillar 4 – Media Campaign24
8.Pillar 5 – Employee Volunteering Scheme24
 Building Futures extras:25
9.Conclusion25
10.Final Report For Building Futures 2009 – 2011 (Llt Funds)26

 

PRESENTATION OF BUILDING FUTURES PROJECT AWARD TO SPONSOR A CHILD, 24th FEBRUARY 2010

L-R: Manoj Kumar, MD P&G West Africa; Olatoun Williams, Coordinator, Sponsor A Child; Marie-Christine Sarr, (former) Corporate PR Manager, P&G; Patricia Obozuwa, External Relations Manager, P&G

FINAL REPORT

Project Title: Building Futures

Project Description

A 2 year project which advances the rights* of Nigerian children within the framework of the Live, Learn & Thrive partnership between Procter & Gamble and Sponsor A Child Nigeria 2009 – 2011. The project advances the rights of Nigerian children by providing health, education and recreation resources for over 3,000 at risk children in Nigerian institutions which lack and have difficulties accessing such resources. The project is structured around 5 pillars:

  1. Orphanage Aid
  2. Education
  3. Advocacy/Capacity Building
  4. Employee Volunteering
  5. Media Campaign

 

* Child Rights Act (CRA 2003) is a federal instrument which provides for the implementation of the legal rights of Nigerian children to survive, develop, to participate and to be protected. The CRA has been domesticated by up to 23 states of the federation and integrates into its content, due process for the Family Court established by the Act and the reformed laws on juvenile justice.

Beneficiary Description

 At Risk Children

Children of the very poor Children of mothers in prison

Children of mentally unwell mothers AIDS orphans

Children living with HIV/AIDS Abandoned children

Motherless and/or fatherless children Children with disabilities

Caregivers

Orphanage staff Remand home staff

Law Enforcement Officers Volunteers

Children’s charities

Government social welfare officers Community Teachers

Early Years Educators Pillar 1 – Orphanage Aid

Objective: Distribution of Pampers, Ariel and PUR water

purifier to orphanages in 10 states, four geo – political zones and Abuja Federal Capital Territory.

 

Method: 5 beneficiary orphanages received formal invitations to the commissioning ceremonies for each Building Futures Resource Centres. At the ceremony, each institution was

presented with 1 year’s supply of PUR, Ariel and Pampers disposable diapers provided by PG West Africa.

Related Rights: Right to survival – CRA s4 & Right to health and health care services – CRA s13

Millennium Development Goals: Reduce Child Mortality (Goal 4), Ensure Environmental Sustainability (Goal 7)

S/N

BENFEFICIARY ORPHANGES

NUMBER OF

CHILDREN

 

1.

 

2.

 

 

3.

4.

5

 1

2

 3

 

4

5.

 1

2

3

 

4

 

5

Igando – Lagos State

Citadel of Grace Orphanage, Lagos State

Stella Obasanjo Children Homes, Ogun State

Hephzibah Homes, Lagos State Ijamido Children’s home, Ogun State Light of Hope Orphanage, Ogun State

Ibadan – Oyo State Fomwan, Oyo State

Children of Promise (Chiprom), Oyo State

Ibadan Home for Motherless Babies, Oyo State

Oluwakemi Orphanage, Oyo State Compassionate Orphanage, Lagos

 Kaduna – Kaduna State

Adonai Orphanage, Kaduna State Faith Works Orphanage, Kaduna State Mercy Home Orphanage, Kaduna State

Jemaiyar Matan Arewa Orhanage Home, Kaduna State

Hope for the Village Child, Kaduna

 

 

24

 

120

20

166

60

 

 

 

31

 

23

 

30

20

64

 

 

 

57

82

 

159

 

43

6

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

 1

2

3

4

5

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

State

Millennium Hope Programme, Kaduna

 

Benin – Edo State

Edo Orphanage, Edo State Amadin Orphanage, Edo State

Compassion Orphanage, Edo State Ondo Children Home, Ondo State Christ Family Orphanage, Ondo State

 Abuja – FCT

Bema Orphanage, Abuja

Saint Mary’s Children’s Home for Orphans & Destitute, Abuja Abuja Children’s home, Abuja Unity Orphanage, Abuja

Grace & Paradise Orphanage, Abuja

 

Owerri – Imo State

Rivers Children’s Home, River State Motherless Babies Home, Abia State Eziama Children Home, Imo State Mfon Abasi Orphanage, Akwa Ibom State

Salvation Army Orphanage, Akwa Ibom State

 

Total

210

103

 

 

 

27

45

50

23

38

 

 

 

215

 

90

40

70

30

 

 

45

63

200

 

39

 

150

 

2,361

Beneficiary Praise for Orphanage Aid:

 „These donations have really saved us a lot of money!‟‟

 „‟With the money we have saved, we can buy school books and school uniform for our children‟‟

  • „‟P & G are good: they even have a mobile Pampers clinic!‟‟

 Pillar 2 – Education

Objectives

 

  1. To install 7 resource centres in orphanages and charity schools in 6 locations of The centres consist of:

Furnished libraries stocked with:

  •  Computers
  • Primary and secondary school text books
  • Supplementary readers
  • Dictionaries & grammar books
  • Stationary, paints, crayons
Safe playgrounds for children 3 – 13 years
  1. To charge orphanage based supervisors with the task of maintaining the appearance and functioning of the playgrounds and the room/s. Supervisors are to ensure that project goals are met. These are: (i) safe play (ii) self-directed/guided study (iii) literacy programs for children and caregivers (iv) library usage training for children and caregivers (v) outreach to at risk children in the community.

 

Locations:            Lagos State, Edo State, Oyo State,

Kaduna State, Imo State, Abuja FCT

Method: Contractors trusted by Sponsor A Child were hired to deliver the project on behalf of the Building Futures project. A list of required educational resources was submitted by the orphanage and purchased by the Building Futures project.

Additional educational materials were donated by Sponsor A Child.

 

Related Rights: Right to Education – CRA s 15; Right to Develop – CRA s 4; Right to health – CRA s13; Right to Freedom of Movement CRA s9; Right to Freedom of Association and Peaceful Assembly CRA s6

Millennium Development Goals: Achieve Universal Primary Education (Goal2); Promote Gender Equality (Goal 3)

RESULTS

 

  1. Commissioning of Resource Centres 

These ‘handing over’ events were well-attended. Community elders, dignitaries, well-wishers and donors, members of the surrounding community, came together in the compound of the orphanages decorated with P & G colours to celebrate Building Futures gifts with the children and caregivers of the orphanages. Value was added to these ceremonies by PUR demonstrations conducted by PUR distributors, Society for Family Health whose officers facilitated lively question and answer sessions after the demos.

  1. Citadel of Grace Orphange, Igando, Lagos State – 5th May 2010
  1. Federation of Muslim Women Associations of Nigeria, Ibadan, Oyo State – 3rd June 2010
  2. Millenium Hope Programme, Kaduna, Kaduna State
    • 20th January 2011
  1. Compassion Orphanage, Benin, Edo State
    • 19th April 2011

Bema Orphanage, Piwoyi, Abuja FCT

18th October 2011

Eziama Community Charity, Eziama Ngor Okpala, Imo State – 9th December 2011

(L-R) Hajia Asma’u Makarfi, Founder, Millennium Hope Programme & Former !st Lady, Kaduna State (Right), Hon. Maria Dogo, Women Affairs Commissioner, Kaduna State (Center), Olatoun Williams, Coordinator, Sponsor A Child, Lagos

Citadel of Grace Orphange, Lagos State
5th May 2010
Federation of Muslim Women Associations of Nigeria, Oyo State - 23rd June 2010
Millenium Hope Programme, Kaduna, Kaduna State
19th April 2011
Eziama Community Charity, Imo State
9th December, 2011
Bema Homes and Basic School, Abuja
October 20th, 2011
Compassion Orphanage, Benin, Edo State
19th April 2011

Impact of the Resource Centres

A combination of approaches was used to evaluate the impact of the resource centre project on our beneficiary orphanages and on their communities: visits, emails, presentations at Building Futures events, face to face interviews with children and caregivers and impact questionnaires.

1.  CITADEL OF GRACE RESOURCE CENTRE:

 The directors of Citadel of Grace Orphanage, Lagos State, were able to complete our typical questionnaire.

A  COMPUTER LITERACY
  1.  We have trained six (6) children of the home from the ages of 9-13 yrs of age on desktop and word processing. Four of them are in JSS while the other two are in SS in secondary
  2.  Three of our office staffs have also been trained on word processing. However, the training programme is a continues
B    VERBAL LITERACY:
  1.  We run a lot of interesting in-house children educational programmes. g. After school intensive lesson, debate and question and answer programme on different subjects.
  2. We do these programmes on Saturdays and they are led by volunteer teachers.
  3. Challenges: The volunteers teacher don‟t come sometimes because of other personal commitments. Also lack of funds to support their transportation.
  4. We use the books, educational materials and computers in the resource centre

 

C   REMEDIAL EDUCATION

 We give the children support by putting them through on the best use of the facilities in the resource centre. We encourage the use of resources for their academic work (home work and other assignments) and for solving maths problems and for writing English compositions.

 D EXTERNAL USERS

The people in the community have benefited so much from the resource centre. Eight (8) members of the community, five children and three adults have acquired computer training and access to the use of the library The play ground has been of great benefit to the both the children in the home and community.

 E   OTHER COMMENTS

 The resource centre is a great blessing not just to the orphanage home but to the entire community. We are using this opportunity to express our honest gratitude to P & G and Sponsor A Child Building Futures partnership. Please don‟ t see us as Oliver Twist but we also want to plead with the Building Futures to kindly assist us in updating the children playground facilities. Thank you once again and God bless you.

 (REPORT FROM THE CITADEL OF GRACE ORPHANAGE DIRECTORS: CHRISTIE & MIKE IYILE)

MILLENNIUM HOPE TSANGAYA MODEL PRIMARY SCHOOL, (BOYS) RIGASA-KADUNA

Staff of Millennium Hope Programme, Kaduna State, made use of a simplified format for both centres – boys and girls – donated to their Model Primary Schools.

  1. Have you trained children on the computers in the center ? Yes or No?

Ans: Yes

  1. What soft wares have you taught them? Microsoft Word etc

Ans: Microsoft word

  1. Have you tested the children on their computer skills? Yes or No?

Ans: Yes

  1. If so, how many of them passed the test?

Ans: 60%

  1. Which packages did you examine them on? eg Microsoft Word

Ans: Microsoft word

  1. Do you use the ‘Learning Ladder’ software we provided? (Mathematics, English etc)

Ans: Yes

  1. If so, which of the ‘Learning Ladder’ soft wares have been useful?

Ans: Multi Media, Learning Ladder one and two

  1. Do the children use the library frequently?
Ans: Yes, very frequently!
  1. Do they enjoy using the library?
Ans: Yes!
  1. Do the children use the playground frequently? Ans: Yes, very frequently!
  2. Have you noticed any improvement in their well-being from use of the playground and football ground?
Ans: Yes, the boys are no longer bored. They are getting exercise regularly now.
  1. Do children from the surrounding community use the facilities?
Ans: No Other Comments: ‘’They are well acquainted with computers now, and have more chances to do sport and to have recreation.‟‟   Overall Impact: What is the overall impact of the resource centre and playground on the lives of the children in your care. Please describe in a few sentences. „‟The boys are very happy with the facilities. They love using the computers in the library and reading the books. They are no longer bored.‟‟
MILLENNIUM HOPE TSANGAYA MODEL PRIMARY SCHOOL, (BOYS) RIGASA-KADUNA
  1. Have you trained children on the computers in the center ? Yes or No?

Ans: Yes

  1. What soft wares have you taught them? Microsoft Word etc

Ans: Microsoft Word

  1. Have you tested the children on their computer skills? Yes or No?

Ans: Yes

  1. If so, how many of them passed the test? Ans: 90%
  1. Which packages did you examine them on? eg Microsoft Word

Ans: Microsoft Word

  1. Do you use the ‘Learning Ladder’ software we provided? (Mathematics, English etc)

Ans: Yes

  1. If so, which of the ‘Learning Ladder’ soft wares have been useful?

Ans: Multi Media, Learning Ladder one and two

Do the children use the library frequently

Ans: Yes

  1. Do they enjoy using the library?

Ans: Yes, very much!

  1. Do the children use the playground frequently? Ans: Yes, very frequently!
  1. Have you noticed any improvement in their well-being from use of the playground?

Ans: Yes, they are getting a lot of exercise now and having fun!

  1. Do children from the surrounding community use the facilities?

Ans: No

Other Comments: „‟‟They are well acquainted with computers now, and have more chance for sports and recreation.‟‟

 Overall Impact: What is the overall impact of the resource centre and playground on the lives of the children in your care. Please describe in a few sentences.

‘’The girls are much happier now. They can run around and play on the equipment and have fun with physical exercise.‟‟

Pillar 3 – Child Rights Advocacy & Capacity Building

 Objectives

  1. To print 1,000 copies of ‘Local Champions: A Manual for Child Caregivers in Nigerian Institutions‟
  2. To transport the manuals to
  3. To begin the distribution of the manual to stakeholders of the rights of Nigerian children
Manual Description & Justification

The manual provides essential training content for child care grounded in child rights. It has been developed for use by professional/volunteer caregivers in institutions. The content is targeted at duty bearers in the rights of children, many of whom are unfamiliar with these rights. Content cuts across health, educational, recreational, psycho-social, and protection aspects of child care and provides senior caregivers, at a minimum education level of senior school certificate, with methods for training junior colleagues in the workplace.

Related Rights: All rights legislated by Child Rights Act 2003 which relate to institutional child care and protection

Millennium Development Goals:

 Goal 1 – Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty

Goal 2 – Achieve universal primary education

Goal 3 – Promote gender equality and empower women

Goal 4 – Reduce child mortality

Goal 5 – Improve maternal health

Goal 6 – Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases

Goal 7 – Ensure environmental sustainability

Goal 8 – Develop a global partnership for development

RESULTS
  1. Trainings Held (October 2009 →)
  •    Child Rights for Law Enforcement Officers   Rights Based Child Care
  •   Education for All with a Focus on the Youngest Children   
  • Child Abuse and Child Labor
  •    Maternal Health
  •    Child Development Milestones   Evolving Capacities of Children
  •    Standards of Birth Registration & Adoption
  •    Implementing the Participation Rights of Children in Schools (Training of Trainers)
  •    ‘Introduction to Early Learning Activity in Orphanages (PG Employee Volunteer Coaching – Pillar 5)
2.   Presentation of ‘Local Champions’ to Dean, College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital

On 10th June 2010, Sponsor A Child launched its National Volunteer Doctor’s Programme (NVDP) at Lagos University

Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Surulere, Lagos. At this event, Ms. Olatoun Williams, supported by Marie Christine Sarr, (former) PR Manager, P & G West Africa, presented the Dean of the College of Medicine, Professor Adefule Ositelu, with 2 copies of ‘Local Champions’.

3.   Caregivers Training Participants 
  1. Nigeria Police Force
  2. Arrows of God, Ajah, Lagos
  3. SOS Children’s Villages, Isolo, Lagos
  4. SOS Children’s Villages, Owu, Ogun State
  5. Heritage Homes, Anthony, Lagos State
  6. Honey Tots Creche
  7. Ibadan Home for Motherless Babies
  8. Citadel of Grace Orphanage
  9. FOMWAN Orphanage
  10. Stella Obasanjo Children’s Home
  11. Hephzibah Orphanage Home
  12. Ijamido Children’s Home
  13. Love Home Orphanage
  14. Laurel School Creche
  15. Eruobodo House for Special Children
  16. Hope for the Village Child
  17. Adonai Orphanage

4.   Praise for Local Champions – Caregivers Training Programme

 “The training offered by Sponsor A Child is the right step in the right direction. I have learnt a lot which has actually repositioned my organization. It has given me a better understanding of how children think and has made it possible for me to help more children

There is a champion in every child but not all eventually

become one because caregivers don‟t know how to go about breeding the champion in the child. This training is a training that everybody involved in child care (including parents) should undertake as it will help them learn the right way to bring out the champion in children, most especially orphans and

vulnerable children”

(Mr .Tunde Willoughby – Chief Operating Officer Ijamido Children‟s Home)

 The knowledge acquired from all the training programmes we went through in Sponsor A Child has been of great benefit and has really helped us so much in fulfilling our vision of giving hope and a better future to the hopeless.

 The training programme was a wonderful experience as the different training programmes brought to our knowledge a lot of information we need as caregivers in handling children and child care related issues.”

(Mrs. Christy Iyile – Director, Citadel of Grace Orphanage)

 “The training helped me to understand children better, their responses, reactions and growth during their formative years; their rights as children and the importance of their full

participation in decision making on issues that affect them and my relationship with them on an individual basis. 

The training, especially the one on “ Education for All with a Focus on the youngest children”, also inspired me to take action and launch my own outreach “ Beautiful Covering” to public secondary school students. I want to educate them on their rights & responsibilities as children according to the Nigeria Child Rights Act 2003. Beautiful Covering was inaugurated on the 22nd of May, 2010.”

(Miss. Yetunde Fagbemi – Head of Administration, Laurel Creche)

DESIRED IMPACT ON INSTITUTONAL CHILD CARE 

   Improved health concepts leading to improved child health and well-being in our institutions.

  •    Increased rights awareness for institutional child caregivers. This will lead to increasingly child friendly institutions.
  •    Improved skills for the prevention and management of childhood trauma . This will improve the well-being of at risk children in our institutions.
  •   Improved skills for the care of children with special needs. This will lead to an improved quality of life, increase cognitive development and increase emotional security for children with special needs.
  •    Increased learning spaces and play opportunities for all children in institutions, including the youngest and disabled. This will lead to improved cognitive development, improved health, and increased joy and well-being in children.
  •    Increased opportunities for all children in child institutions to participate in the life of the institution/community, irrespective of ethnic origin, gender, religion, political and social beliefs, and disability. This will promote cognitive development, democratic well-being; improve self-esteem and social identity; increase social cohesion and mutual respect.

Pillar 4 – Media Campaign

Objective: To promote the vision of Building Futures and the good work done under its auspices and to call members of the public to action, using television advertisements (45 second TV Copy) with national coverage.

Results

 Feedback from those who have seen the advertisement has been positive. One strong response came from the founder and director of Parable Productions, Akin Braithwaite, who is also the author of the well-known children’s stories entitled,

‘Ajapa’. His response was to delegate his ‘Ajapa’ performance team to entertain the children of Bema Homes at Basic School, Abuja, on the occasion of the Resource Centre commissioning, 18th October 2011.

Millennium Development Goal 8 – Develop a global partnership for development

Pillar 5 – Employee Volunteering Scheme Objectives:
  1. To implement PG corporate policy which encourages employees to ‘give back’ to host communities through volunteering in communities and institutions.
  2. To create awareness amongst employees of the Building Futures
Method

 The Employee Volunteering Scheme – a PG West Africa initiative – was kick started by a ‘Volunteer coaching workshop to demonstrate approaches and activities suitable for children of various ages. Comprised of a theory session and a practical craft session, the workshop was delivered by Ms. Olatoun Williams, Coordinator, Sponsor A Child, on Wednesday 26th May 2010. 15 volunteers participated.

Workshop materials developed by Ms. Olatoun Williams continue to be distributed to all PG volunteers.

Results

 Up to 70 volunteers have been enrolled into the scheme thanks to the hard work of the successive PR Managers, PG West Africa, who coordinate the scheme. Employees volunteer educational and recreational services on Fridays at orphanages within the Ikeja community where the PG head office is located. Beneficiary institutions are: Heritage Homes and Love Home Orphanage.

Millennium Development Goal 8 – Develop a global partnership for development

Building Futures extras: 

An unexpected benefit, generously provided by P & G West Africa, was granted to a Building Futures child. 9 year old Victor Iyile of Citadel of Grace Orphanage, Lagos State, received a new well made prosthetic leg to replace the broken one he could no longer use. Thanks to Building Futures, Victor is able once more to play happily with his friends at home and in the community.

Conclusion

 This ambitious 2 year project implemented by Sponsor A Child and funded generously by PG’s global CSR cause: Live, Learn & Thrive and PG West Africa, has covered vast terrain in terms of geography, in terms of resources donated, and in terms of the vast number – over 3,000 – Nigerian children reached by its activities 40 institutions across 10 states, 4 geo-political zones of Nigeria and Abuja FCT. Major rights promoted are the rights to health, education and recreation. Building Futures has informed and empowered child caregivers; the project has engaged with police officers charged with child protection, advocating improved and more protective relations with children in especially difficult circumstances. The media campaign has helped to put vulnerable children particularly those in formal care on the radar of public consciousness. The project has encouraged a personal ‘give back’ culture within the ranks of PG employees – junior and senior – through its volunteering scheme in orphanages.

We have captured key achievements of this Live, Learn and Thrive partnership project in season’s greeting cards for the year 2011. We believe that it is a seminal project in Nigeria’s CSR history: one to be celebrated and held up as a corporate model to follow.