Mordi Ibe Foundation (MIF)
Mordi Ibe Foundation is a nonprofit organisation that serves locally, ending poverty in all its forms and launching what we call the "friends initiatives." These initiatives are long term partnerships/commitments that require mutual relationships and collaborative efforts with local organisations,churches, residents and stakeholders committed to community transformation.
MIFs PRIORITY ACTIONS AGAINST POVERTY IN ALL IT'S FORMS are to:
1.Improve access to sustainable livelihoods, entrepreneurial opportunities and productive resources.
2.Provide access to basic social services.
3. Progressively develop social protection systems to support those who cannot support themselves.
4. Empower people living below the poverty line.
5. Address the disproportionate impact of poverty on women.
6. Work with interested donors and recipients to allocate increased shares of Official Development Assistance.
7. Intensify international coperartion for poverty eradication in Nigeria
With us ending poverty begins when we invest in communities and people, especially women and children, through;
- Quality Education
- Access To Health Care
- Water and Sanitation
- Economic Security/ Empowerment
- Child Participation
HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED
QUALITY EDUCATION: Education is key so we provide children with the knowledge and skills they need to realise their full potential. We train our volunteers to be good teachers, building new schools and breaking down barriers that prevent many children, especially girls, from attending school.
-HEALTHCARE: We help communities build health clinics,train healthcare workers and invest in equipment and medicine.
-WATER/ SANITATION: Good water and sanitation is essential for the survival of every child. Each year MiF helps communities build school latrines and community water points, and helps establish organisations to ensure continued management and maintenance of our water points.
-ECONOMIC SECURITY: We work to overcome poverty by helping communities gain economic security to thrive through empowerment.
-CHILD PARTICIPATION: We help children learn their rights and take active roles within their communities to engage in citizenship,and make decisions that will shape their futures.
-Painting out poverty
-Learning out of poverty
-Annual Mif Olympics to raise awareness/ funds to fight poverty in all its forms.
-Awareness for International Day against Child Labor (June 12)
-March against hunger for World Food Day (October 16)
-March against poverty for International Day for Eradication of Poverty (October 17)
- Project "Empower"
- Project "36 states and the FCT"
- Friends of Africa
- Project Reach out to the displaced and broken
-Project Gift a child (feed, clothe, back to school materials etc for less privileged children)
Our walkathon across the 36 states in Nigeria would be our most audacious attempt yet to conquering poverty in all its forms.
MiF have been a source of hope to several communities in need, from the inception of our "Friends Initiative." We love bringing together communities of resources with communities of need. We have spanned several states delivering books to schools and libraries and also relief materials to internally displaced persons, as well as empowerment to several women.
MiF believes in the 17th SDG (partnership to achieve the SDGs). Our future plan is to strengthen our workforce in line with our friends initiatives, which are long term partnerships with local churches, mosques, nonprofits and stakeholders committed to community transformation. To further our goals we intend to build our "Hope Centres" across the 36 states in Nigeria, and Africa as well, where we will teach, especially young adults and women, about vocational skills and selling products on international markets. Also in-school student support, after school programs, job readiness training, home/ school/library /hospital support.
Nigeria has a population of over 170 million people and at least 100 million people live below poverty line, which gives rise to several social issues, including "child Labor." Children are used as artisans in factories thereby dropping out of school. Even more so, they are used as child soldiers and married off early. More than 15 million Nigerian children under the age of 14 work in harsh conditions. MiF does outreach and surveys many children who said they were forced into labor. Accessing communities of need is difficult as most of the roads leading to rural communities are in a very poor state you can't drive on them. There is also the language barrier, which is encountered in most cases and we have to get an interpreter to bridge the language gap. There is also the need for sex education amongst local families, as there are many cases of single parent that have more children to cater for than they can handle. In addition donations/ sponsorship is not easily obtained.
There are two types of poverty: situational and generational. We focus on breaking the cycle of generational poverty, which cannot be changed with small soft-hearted plans, rather it must be addressed with great intention through mutual relationships. We held a summit that birthed a 5-key strategies.Each key strategy contains a narrative description for a way forward, which has been developed into a major focus with full operational plans.A summary version of the strategic plan provides a broad view of the 5 strategies and is designed for outcomes to make our shared vision a reality over the next 3 years. The thing about poverty, hunger and child labor is that "they have no regard for age," while it leaves people with paralyzingly low self esteem and in dysfunctional families; they often feel:
A surefire way out is "Redemptive lift."
When WE invest in ONE person we not only lift them, but OTHERS as well. IN FACT, THE COMMITMENT TO ONE IMPACTS THE WHOLE.