Rapid Community Development Program

It utilizes advocacy activities to promote the development of rural communities in providing children’s education, potable water supply, healthcare facilities, and agricultural development.

CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES

1. Create intervention projects that address challenges faced by the rural communities

2. Promote and improve creativity and productivity in urban and rural communities in Africa in order to encourage social development, thus creating a means to combat youth poverty and provide support to children who lack access to formal education.

HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED

They partnered with teachers who have worked in the villages for years, gained the trust of the villagers and speak their languages. They started Civic Leadership Academy. The project generates revenue through training fees and sponsors; this initiative has supported their projects and solved training needs of other NGOs. They also shared stories of rural lives on social media platforms through where they connected volunteers. They adopted the use of motorcycle, canoe and trekking as means of travelling to these villages. The project has taught me to fuel my passion with possibility thinking.

Having over 500 children in the remotest part of Abuja Nigeria already enrolled into primary schools in such an environment seen to be against their noble idea was quite an accomplishment.

CAMPAIGN INNOVATIONS

Partnership with community Stakeholders whose influence helped interpret her genuine intention to community leaders and government agencies has been one of the latest community development innovations coming from such an organization with 100% youth leadership.

Their way of finding financial survival is another innovation. They started Civic Leadership Academy. The project generates revenue through
training fees and sponsors; this initiative has supported their project and solved training needs of other NGOs. They also shared stories of rural
lives on their social media platforms through where they connected volunteers.

CAMPAIGN IMPACT

Advised against her inclusive development advocacy for rural communities because it will expose corrupt political office holders and face hostile rural people who usually attack social workers, her idea was labeled suicide mission. Today, they have over 500 children from 15 villages enrolled into primary schools, drilled Borehole in 3 villages, distributed 300 treated nets to 300 nursing mothers in 3 communities, constructed access road linking over 13 communities and trained 25 youth NGOs on intervention projects. All these made possible through continuous partnership with community Stakeholders whose influence helped interpret their genuine intention to community leaders and government agencies.

CHALLENGES FACED

With new kids starting school yearly, more villages been provided with potable water and Healthcare support for women and children is no doubt a
breakthrough. To the rural people, educating children mean turning children against parents. On language, they cannot speak nor do they understand Hausa or Gbagyi; which are the only languages spoken in FCT villages Abuja Nigeria. Most villages are surrounded by rivers, so accessing these villages especially during raining seasons appears difficult. The difficulty surrounding working in these villages discourages community workers from attempting to visit and help in any way, so getting people on their team was almost impossible. As young men with small businesses, financing the project also appeared un-achievable.

LESSONS LEARNT

DEAN Initiative as an organization has taught young people in Nigeria that their are days of leadership is now and not the future as it has always been said.
Through the activities of the this organization, hundreds of youths in Nigeria have positive and making great impact.
I personally have learnt through this organization that you don't need to be in Government before you touch lives and make impact.
They also showed the world that when people say things are impossible, they aren't just given it their best.