PROJECTS IN NIGERIA
The work in Nigeria has started with a research on FGM and job creation. The feasibility study may take up to six months (December 2014). We have been bringing together some trustworthy people who will be managing the programme, including trustees and a project co-ordinator.
The work will include giving scholarships, business solution for those who intend to create a job for themselves and others and stipends to proven orphans and widows who want to fight for their inheritances.
It has been observed that relatives of the deceased often usurp what belong to the orphans and the widows. We intend to start from Osun State. The money to be spent in Nigeria will mostly come from the country through donations and funding-raising when the organisation is registered in the country, following the Federal Govt regulations.
We also intend to link with some other local NGOs, schools and higher institutions that have contacted us for our experiences and expertise and for Exchange Programmes in the future. These include Africa Peace Forum (Kenya), Peace Corps, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, based at OAU, The Link, OAU, Ile-Ife, Alliances for Africa (AFA), Lagos, Association for the Disabled Women (ADW), Ibadan, Women Aid Collective (WACOL), Enugu, Council of Nigeria People and Organisations and Project Alert on Violence Against Women, Nigeria. We are at present studying the way in which these orgs are operating.
A research has been carried out by a member of our team on domestic/women abuse in the country which needs an urgent reaction. We have planned to assist disadvantaged widows and orphans about their legal rights to inheritance according to the law of the land. At present, many women are thrown out of their matrimonial homes immediately their husbands die. We believe that something could be done through our organisation to reduce hardship for the children and widows.
As to the safeguards of funds, there will be quarterly reports from those who will be managing the project in Nigeria and regular visits to projects in Nigeria. Names and addresses and further details of recipients will be investigated regularly and they must agree for their names to be publicised for testimonies. Account will be presented quarterly and audited yearly.