JULY NEWSLETTER

JULY NEWSLETTER

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

 

When I delivered a session on menstrual hygiene management (MHM), I was in utter shock when my translator told me young girls used scarves as sanitary pads during their periods. Most of the girls told me they had learnt what a period was from friends or a teacher as no one at home had spoken to them about it. When the girls asked our team to show them how to use a pad, we did. We also taught them about their period cycles, possible symptoms to expect and how to handle them.

The shame of period poverty is real and it keeps girls out of school, this is a lot more pronounced in certain states in Nigeria.  At ACE Charity, we would like to reduce the effects of period poverty by educating girls on how to better manage their hygiene, as well as providing them with sanitary pads. If you would like to support our work by donating sanitary pads, please call our office today: +234 8096 555 710, +234 7036 303 182.

Thank you.

Kiki James.

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BUSINESS EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME FOR WOMEN

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BEPW4 GRADUATION

They have graduated! Last month, we celebrated the graduation ceremony of the beneficiaries of BEPW4. After six (6) months of intensive training, each beneficiary was able to present a fashion collection worthy of the runway at their graduation ceremony. They had an impressive runway collection. At the end of the ceremony, each beneficiary was commissioned to sew two (2) outfits each for Owen Omogiafo, Managing Director/CEO, Transcorp Hotels Plc.

 

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It is always exciting to witness the substantial change that happens when women graduate from BEPW. By the end of the cycle, each of the beneficiaries had registered their business and were gradually building their clientele. Empowering women with tailoring and basic business skills ensures better outcomes for them, their family and the community at large.

The unwavering support of our partners, Transcorp Hilton remain an integral aspect to the success of BEPW. They supply all learning materials for the beneficiaries, a conducive learning workshop and importantly, brand new sewing machines per beneficiary, per cycle.

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BEPW5 BEGINS

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BEPW5 has begun! On the day of the interviews, over 30 applicants were present and interviewed after which four (4) extremely talented and passionate women were shortlisted for this cycle. We wish them all the best look forward to all that they will be skilled to do by the end of the project in six (6) months.

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POLICY DIALOGUE BORNO

In partnership with Malala Fund, we are advocating for the re-enrollment of 1,200 Out-of-School Girls (OSGs) in government secondary school in Northern Nigeria. One of our focus states for this is Borno state. In 2015, it was estimated that 24.3% of children in Nigeria aged 4-16 had never attended school and with 74.8%, Borno was the highest of any state (NPC and RTI International 2016). The policy dialogue was the second in a series of dialogues and stakeholder engagements forming part of ACE Charity’s advocacy strategy towards the Girl Child Education Project (GCEP). We want to support other ongoing efforts to improve girl child education outcomes in Borno thus, it is significant that we engage diverse stakeholders in discussions to identify specific barriers and potential solutions for Girl Child Education in Borno State.  This video sheds some light on the state of the girl child in Borno State.

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MENSTRUAL HYGIENE MANAGEMENT, BORNO

In Borno State, we have been working with hundreds of Out-of-School Girls (OSGs) for the Girl Child Education Project (GCEP) under our Education and Training Focus.  Recently, we taught some of them effective Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).  The aim of this was to identify the status, problems, practices and societal attitudes towards menstruation as it affects the OSGs in Borno State.

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GRUB ‘N’ GIVE

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Are you a restaurant owner? Do you want to give back to the community where your business is based? Here is an opportunity to partner with ACE Charity on Grub ‘n’ Give.

This fundraising will go towards one of our most successful projects, the LRC. In Northern Nigeria, we have set up twenty-eight (28) LRCs and are currently managing five (5) of them in Abuja, Kaduna, and Borno.  These LRCs now benefit over 20,000 pupils and we have recorded improvement in the literacy, numeracy and ICT skills of children in a short time frame. This is vital as most children in public schools do not have access to adequate learning resources. Sustainability of the LRCs depends on our ability to hire/pay quality staff and equip the LRCs with adequate resources. Our LRCs are in dire need of desktop computers and new learning resources. The funds raised will enable us to meet these needs and keep the LRCs open to thousands of children who use them.

Does it sound like a project you would like to support? If yes, for further information,
please call us on 08096555710
or send an email to [email protected].

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