THE SOCIAL PROTECTION INITIATIVE [SPI Project]
Since 1993, FMI (Fullstature Missions International) has demonstrated leadership, innovation, and effectiveness in embarking on humanitarian projects aimed at meeting community needs, focusing on practical needs—physical, medical, emotional, educational, rescuing youths and children at risk of trauma and death - who constitute 40-60 % of the population of Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Tanzania, Guinea Bissau and Burundi and South Africa where we currently work. Thousands of lives in the most rural, inaccessible and urban regions are been impacted by FMI’s approach which successfully removed targeted children and young adults from the streets of these countries into classrooms, providing education and profitable skills, addressed situations through water provision projects, reduced poverty and social insecurity by “Conditional Cash Transfers” and as a faith-based agency raised the moral tone of these nations.
This project addresses Social Protection and three sub-sectors: - education; water and Health:
Our baseline research among 20 neglected tribes in these countries under reference in the last 18 years has shown that megatrends – demographic change, urbanization, poverty and globalization – are affecting and defining lives and economies more seriously in Africa. These game-changing forces are shaping lives and opening up valuable new opportunities. For example, at least 60% of the population in Nigeria is below 18. Poverty, inequality and instability are influenced by limited economic opportunities, spatial inequities and ethnicity, age and gender inequalities resulting to armed gangs, robberies and the ‘Boko Haram’ insurgency. Food, fuel and financial crisis have exacerbated many of the existing vulnerabilities facing the poor.
Water: - The need for clean potable water is growing at the same rate as the world’s population. For instance, 70,000,000 lack access to safe drinking water in Nigeria. [Ministry of Water Resources]
Health: - Health care costs and low utilization of medical services have been exacerbated by the crisis, with diminishing purchasing power in some cases leading to an inability to pay for increasing drug and treatment costs.
Education: - Costs of schooling contribute to low educational attainment, with low net attendance in schools. For instance, girls’ enrolment rate is consistently below that of boys.
The project will run initially for one year and expand to five years. Using our expertise of professionals [-which include Financial experts, Medical Personnel, Water Engineers, Professors in Education, Hydro-geologists, Geologists, Social workers, Development Programme officers, Urban Development Planners and Counselors] in FMI the project will include:
Cash for Work; Food Transfers; Targeted Fee Waivers, and “Conditional Cash Transfers” as intervention targeting households of children of basic school age living in households that are headed by poor females or include members who are aged, physically challenged, or HIV and AIDS patients.
Training of professionals at community level to enable them to provide the professional support needed to AIDS orphans, students and young adults and the elderly within their communities; Co-ordination of community-based project activities. Provide safe and clean water to communities in 6 of the countries
The project impact is expected to engage about 500 professionals, providing jobs for 5000-7000 and impacting 1 million people: Reduce children dropout rates resulting from early marriage, and reducing child trafficking in West Africa.
The project outcome will invariably break the intergenerational transfer of poverty and reduce the vulnerability of the extremely poor. Enabling children and young adults to reach their full potential and diffuse the social time bomb in these nations. Establishing community-based projects and co-coordinating structures to ensure sustainability. We will carefully monitor, evaluate and keep records in order to facilitate replicability and minimize corruption risks.
The project cost is estimated at $1 million for which we are seeking support and funding. FMI will continue to contribute and commit all her fund and effort to these projects on an ongoing basis.