Campaign Update

Skill Acquisition Tour with Teenage Girls and Adolescent Mothers

Aramide Oikelome
Posted June 18, 2018 from Nigeria
Our final products at the end of the day- Birthday Cake, Bar Soaps, Toilet Wash, Insecticides, Airfreshner etc, all neatly packaged, ready for sale

One of our cardinal objectives is to help both school girls and adolescent mothers gain economic power so they can stand tall against all form of pressures and intimidations to trade their bodies for money.  This we continually seek to achieve through opportunities for vocational skills acquisition and training.

And so, we recently embarked on a one-day tour to different skill acquisition centers where we had been offered free training opportunity. We hired a bus to take us round and trust me, many of the girls arrived quite early. They were eager to skip breakfast at home, eager to learn and much more eager to be empowered. In attendance were excited school girls, out of school teenagers and adolescent mothers.

It was such fun as we went around and stopped over at four training centers. Some of the vocations learnt include- how to make hats/fascinators, how to manage plastic waste, how to bake cake/snacks and how to make soaps, insecticide, air-freshner and vaseline.

This rare privilege was indeed appreciated by our girls and adolescent mothers but many were also bothered that they cannot put to use what they have learnt due to lack of start-up capital. Some of the young mothers that had earlier learnt how to make bar soap testified to how they are able to market their products and make double of what is invested over a period of time. But many are unable to do same because they simply do not have the cash to buy needed materials.

On our part, it has been tough getting seed grants for them to start. The little we are able to garner goes into our scholarship project in order to keep the girls and other vulnerable children in school. We virtually have to pay school fees each term. Of course it is a tall order but we must encourage and support our girls to get good education. Unfortunately, many are not able to get into public school because there is currently an embargo on admission for those seeking to change from private to public school. Admission to public school is only available to freshers- those starting from JSS1.

This leaves us with no choice but to continue to pay school fees for many of our wards that are in private schools. And the effect is that we are unable to support our out of school girls/adolescent mothers with seed grants to start their businesses. And because of this, many of our young mums have remained poor and unable to cater for their families.

In spite of the huge challenge, our girls are excited to learn and hopeful that they will soon scale this financial hurdle and stand on their feet as small-scale entrepreneurs. We are holding on! We are seeking help! We will continue to encourage them! We must keep hope alive!!!

 

How many people have you impacted since your last update?

40

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Olutosin
Jun 18, 2018
Jun 18, 2018

This is a very laudable initiative, taking the girls to different locations will definitely be exciting and reduce the time and costs of training. Brilliant idea.

Seed grant is highly important. When we started our training in Ibasa, seed grant caused depression for many of our women until we began to access annual grant from change a life, through our worldpulse sister, Jumoke Giwa. She liased with the managing director, who later invited us for a meeting. A bout ten of our women received start up capital and the following year, they also received step up capital.

it is always better to be able to access grants.

Have you tried to share this at the Resource exchange page? You can start with just five girls. That was how I did it then. I wish you all the best sister mi.

Aramide Oikelome
Jun 19, 2018
Jun 19, 2018

Wow! This is so helpful my dear Sister! Your experience and testimony inspires hope and strength. 

I must confess that at some point l was also discouraged seeing the girls handicapped and depressed. But l had to summon up courage for their same.

I will post on resource page advised. I am optimistic we will get help.

Thank you so much my Sister. I'm grateful!

Aramide

Tarke Edith
Jun 19, 2018
Jun 19, 2018

Dear sister Aramide thank you very much for that iniciative you know teaching this girls how to do some is good their will forever be thankfull to you sis that is also what l am doing l am also facing the same problem ,well let look forward ,one day it will be better .

Aramide Oikelome
Jun 19, 2018
Jun 19, 2018

Yes Edith! Thank you for the great work you are doing at your end. It's such a privilege to be able to help another woman rise.

Let us keep hope alive and be strong for our women and girls. One day we will get there. Very soon our women and girls will.be truly empowered.

Keep Soaring!

Aramide 

AGNES TUMASANG
Jun 19, 2018
Jun 19, 2018

Hi iy is joy to me to hqve one who has the same passion like ,e. Keep up.

Aramide Oikelome
Jun 19, 2018
Jun 19, 2018

Thank you Agnes. Keep up the good work at your end! 

Keep Shinning

Aramide

jlanghus
Jun 19, 2018
Jun 19, 2018

Hi Aramide. Thanks for sharing your inspiring post. I'm happy to see all the training that you are providing for these girls and they look so happy:-) What do you mean by admission to public school is only available to freshers - those starting from JSS1? What does that mean? I don't know what a fresher is or JSS1. Could you clarify? Thank you:)

Aramide Oikelome
Jun 19, 2018
Jun 19, 2018

Hi Jill! 

You are a great encourager. Thank you.

Here in Nigeria children start with Nursery school, then move on to Primary School.

After Primary 1-5, otherwise known as Basic 1-5 which takes 5years, they step up to Secondary School starting with Junior Secondary School (JSS 1) which lasts three years and then Senior Secondary School (SSS 1-3) which lasts another three years. It is only after this that students are eligible to get into tertiary institutions 

So what l mean by admission to public secondary schools being available only for freshers is that it only students going to JSS 1 that can readily secure admission into public secondary schools.

Unfortunately many of our girls had passed this stage before dropping out of school for lack of funds. Our intervention was to get them back into school and since public schools had no vacancy for them we had to pay for them to be in private schools.

Moreover, there is only one pubic school in Ijegun which is miles away from where some of the girls live . Hence they have to take the option of private schools.

I hope my explanation is clear Jill?

Thanks for your thoughts and care!

Aramide

jlanghus
Jun 20, 2018
Jun 20, 2018

Hello lovely, Thank you, and you're welcome:-)

Yes, it's clear now. So, the problem is lack of schools and funds?

Suh Diviner
Jun 19, 2018
Jun 19, 2018

Hi Aramide,

Your post is outstanding and i must confess you put a smile on my face. I happen to leave in an area where the under privileged hadn't education nor did they learn extra skills. You just touched my heart by coming up with this lucrative initiative of providing workshops and training sessions for adolescents and young girls aside sending them to school. 

I wish you the best as you strive to see them become better people tomorrow. 

I can for now support them with my prayers and encouraging words. 

Love from Diviner

Aramide Oikelome
Jun 19, 2018
Jun 19, 2018

Hello Suv! 

Your words resonate with warmth and joy. I truly appreciate your prayer support. I trust that God will answer and help will soon come for you and I as well as all our other World Pulse Sisters.

Keep Soaring

Aramide

Stephanie Mah
Jun 19, 2018
Jun 19, 2018

Hi Aramide , am so happy for empowering adolescent girls and mothers with skills which can help them take care of their needs and their family . it's also  thesame in our community, we rilly need to work hard.

Aramide Oikelome
Jun 19, 2018
Jun 19, 2018

Hi Stephanie! 

It's indeed a huge task l must say. But don't worry! God will send help out way!

Keep Shinning!

Aramide

Stephanie Mah
Jun 20, 2018
Jun 20, 2018

Yes sister, lets keep sharing , one day we will overcome.

Aramide Oikelome
Jul 17, 2018
Jul 17, 2018

Yes we will! Thanks dear!

coolasas
Jun 20, 2018
Jun 20, 2018

That is 40 girls having more information about their future, on what opportunities are out there.  I am excited to know what happens to each one of them and excited for you as well. 

Good luck my dear. We are all rooting for your success with these girls. 

Love, Coolasas

Aramide Oikelome
Jul 17, 2018
Jul 17, 2018

Coolasas Dear,

We are rooting for success and together we will get there, one step at a time.

I appreciate your love and encouragement.

Blessings

Aramide

Beth Lacey
Jun 20, 2018
Jun 20, 2018

I sincerely hope that you an find what you need through the World Pulse Resource pages.

Aramide Oikelome
Jul 17, 2018
Jul 17, 2018

I am hopeful Beth.

Thank you!

Aramide

coolasas
Jun 21, 2018
Jun 21, 2018

That is 40 girls having more information about their future, on what opportunities are out there.  I am excited to know what happens to each one of them and excited for you as well. 

Good luck my dear. We are all rooting for your success with these girls. 

Love, Coolasas

Chinyere Okoh
Jun 25, 2018
Jun 25, 2018

This is very touching. Giving a helping hand to young mothers and their children. Really inspiring. Keep up the great work. Really encouraged. 

Aramide Oikelome
Jul 17, 2018
Jul 17, 2018

Thanks Chinyere for your kind words and encouragement!

Blessings~

Aramide

Chinyere Okoh
Aug 01, 2018
Aug 01, 2018

Thanks for the great work

obioma nwachukwu
Jun 27, 2018
Jun 27, 2018

Aramide my sister you have inspired me, personally I have knowledge of virtually all the products you mentioned which I can train some of these my dropout girls who are not ready to go back to school, but my fears have always been how will they start up without capital. With this move of yours l'm encouraged to train them now and be hopeful that they will receive help one day. Thanks for sharing.  

Aramide Oikelome
Jul 17, 2018
Jul 17, 2018

Dear Sister Obioma,

Please go ahead and train your women. You only succeed when preparation meets opportunity. 

Lets keep hope alive! Our labour will not be in vain

Every Blessing,

Aramide