2018 Annual Report
To see a society where growth and development are community driven and community based organizations serve as the foundation for sustainable designing and implementation of programs.
As agents of positive change, we promote community development through partnership, capacity building and intervention in health, education, leadership and environmental management programmes with the establishment of community based organizations for the benefit of all.
WHAT WE DO
Olive Community Development Initiative (OCDI) is a Non-governmental, non-religious, non-political and non-profit making organization with commitment to support community development programs by generating relationships to foster human and community development. This is achieved by linking community based organizations to various opportunities and support that exist for rural/community development as the need arises. Community based organizations, Faith based organizations, youth organizations and women groups are in turn supported in designing, implementing and sustaining their own programs.
OCDI was established in 2006 and registered with the Kwara State Ministry of Social Welfare as Agent of Change Development Initiatives with operations only in Kwara state but it later had a nationwide coverage and registered with the corporate Affairs commission as OCDI in 2011. Our focus areas are;
I. Community Health Initiatives,
2. Reducing poverty through livelihood programs,
3. Improving quality of Education and life building skills
4. Environmental Awareness and management.
In the health sector we have provided Hiv testing services and other medical services with linkages to health centers for referrals and follow up in different parts of kwara and Anambra State. People in target communities in Kwara State has been reached with Interpersonal communication messages on malaria prevention and treatment while Communities in Moro and Isin LGAs in Kwara state has been reached with Local drama to aid behavioural change on malaria prevention and treatment.
Trainings on Leadership, Resource mobilization, creating a development plan, amongst others were provided for School Based Management Committee in Oke-Ero, Ekiti and Ifelodun LGA which equipped them with the skills to hold government accountable, commit to child protection, school development and quality Education. Enrolment rate in government schools and created an environment conducive for all children regardless of their special needs, Ethnic group and status in the community.
21st century skills’ training was provided for National Volunteers in hard to reach secondary schools who use the skills in making teaching and learning easier thereby increasing enrolment in science classes.
Life skills such as Self Esteem, Goal setting, Refusal skills and Adolescent reproductive health provided for girls in secondary schools increased their self-confidence and broke barriers by talking freely about reproductive health in our monthly girls Open day program in the office. Vulnerable women from different groups benefited from our micro credit support which was used in boosting their business and yielded more income and profit.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD
On 11 October 2018, in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child, Under the theme, With Her: A Skilled Girl-force,OCDI was at Apata Ajele Community Secondary School, Eyenkorin Ilorin, To mark the beginning of a year-long effort to bring together partners and stakeholders to advocate for, and draw attention and investments to, the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability, with the aim to work alongside all girls to expand existing learning opportunities, chart new pathways and call on the global community to rethink how to prepare them for a successful transition into the world of work.
ANNUAL GIRLS SUMMER CAMP
From the 6th to 8th of August 2018, OCDI hosted over 50 participants for its annual summer camp, held at Kathryn Dick Memorial Youth Center Eiyenkorin, this camping activity, was designed to reach out to adolescent girls from within Nigeria, and it aimed to;
1. Imbibe in the girls culture of excellence needed to become women of impact and influence through life building skills such as decision making skills, goal setting skills, refusal skills, assertiveness skills and self esteem
2. Raise awareness about the need for girls to build zero tolerance for academic failure
3. Sensitize and mentor girls continuously on their choice of future career
4. Expose the girls to different business opportunities through skills acquisition and practical sessions to ensure financial freedom.
In attendance were teachers and principals from different schools in Kwara State such as Apata Ajele Community Secondary School, Ayoson Comprehensive High School, Lasoju Comprehensive High School, Isobat Ishfaq College, Community Secondary School Ogele, Ajenipa International School,Oluwatoyin School, Future Hope International School, Ben Progressive College, New Life Group of School,Apata Ajele,Bethel Model High School among others.
Guest speakers in person of Mrs Ifeoluwa Adeleke from Plush Organic, South Africa, taught the girls on passion discovery, goal settings and importance of dreams, and Hajia Hauwa K.A Aliyu, Project Officer, Gender and Vulnerable Group (GVG) from Kwara State Community and Social Development Agency, (KWSCDA), encouraged the girls to take bold steps necessary to actualize their goals as women of influence in the society.
MEDICAL OUTREACH IN KWARA AND ANAMBRA STATE
With the main m to address issues of reproductive health among young girls and women, OCDI in partnership with (WFI) Women Friendly Initiative funded by IPAS organized a FREE Medical Outreach which held on the 26th of November 2018 at the Eyenkorin Market Square, there assembled a team of health professionals to provide female residents of Eyenkorin, Ogele, Balla and environs with free medical attention which includes HIV Testing services (HTS) , Malaria, Blood pressure (BP), Random Blood sugar (RBS) Body temperature and counselling for many women and girls, who lack of information on safe abortion and contraceptive care.
The services reached over 70 clients who registered, got counselled and tested for HIV, Malaria, Blood pressure (BP),Random Blood sugar (RBS) and Body temperature while others with severe health issues were referred to a registered medical facility.
The National Agency for the control of AIDS (NACA) received funding from the federal Government of Nigeria to execute constituency projects. This fund is designed for Honourable Members of the House of Representatives to implement impactful projects in their communities.
NACA designed a framework that facilitates the mobilization of the communities to access medical care and at the same time raise awareness about HIV prevention, Treatment, Care and support services. The services provided during this project complement and synergies with existing medical programmes in the community.
1.Promoting health Education in the communities with specific interest on HIV awareness
2. Providing preventive messages to members of the communities
3. Delivering surgical services to members of the communities
4. Adopting a multi-diseases and HTS campaign intervention approach
Having a multi –disease campaign approach in mind, a team of health professionals were assembled to provide residents of Ukpor/ Nnewi Lga, Njioka/Anaocha LGA. In Anambra State and Egor/Ikopa, Oka LGA, Esan West/Esan Central /Igueben LGA/Akoko EdoState, Nigeria with free medical care and HIV Testing services (HTS).
The campaign that lasted for five days from Wednesday 7th - 11th of March, 2018 was initiated by Hon. Chukwuka W Onyema. (Member, Federal House of Representative) with technical support from the National Agency for the control of AIDS (NACA) and was implemented by OCDI.
The multi disease and HIV Testing services (HTS) campaign in Anambra state reached a total of 3,250 clients registered, counselled and tested for HIV, Malaria, Blood pressure (BP),Random Blood sugar (RBS),Body Temperature and Body Mass Index(BMI).Out of the 4,009 clients who registered to receive one service or the other 2,786 were tested, counselled and received results.64.90%. Female while 35.12 % Male. Most attendees (37.2%) fall between50 and above age group. The age groups 24-49yrs and 0-14 yrs. with 26% and 19% were the next highest proportion respectively. From the HTS campaign, 98.56% were negative while 1.44% was positive. Other ailment observed or diagnosed during the free medical outreach are as follows: Malaria 6% positivity, Hypertension approximately 5% positivity. Others are respiratory tract infections and Rheumatism.
In 2018 we had the pleasure of working with and being supported by a wide-range of exceptional individuals, organisations, Supporters and businesses. We would like to thank all of them for their unwavering support.