|Reporting Organization:||World Renew|
|Total Budget ($CAD):||$ 1,678,057|
|Timeframe:||January 23, 2013 - April 30, 2017|
|Nigeria - $ 839,028.50 (50.00%)|
|Senegal - $ 839,028.50 (50.00%)|
|Health Promotion & Education (70 %)|
The project supports adolescents, particularly girls aged 13-18, in 71 communities in Nigeria and Senegal where teenagers are exposed to high levels of risk to their health. The project is designed to increase healthy behaviours among adolescents to reduce the risks of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and early/unwanted pregnancies. The project also seeks to better protect adolescents, especially girls, from violence and sexual abuse and improve literacy and vocational skills among participating adolescents. World Renew is working in partnership with Evangelical Lutheran Church of Senegal (EELS) and Evangelical Health Coordination Committee (CECS) in Senegal and Beacon of Hope Initiative (BHI) in Nigeria.
|Gender and age:||Unspecified|
|Total Direct Population:||Unspecified|
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The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (i) increased practice among adolescents of healthy behaviours that reduce risks from HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and early/unwanted pregnancies; (ii) improved protection of children and youth from violence and sexual abuse; and (iii) increased engagement in income earning activities by program participants.
Results achieved as of March 2016 include: In Nigeria, local partner staff have recruited and trained 620 peer educators (412 female and 208 male) with the objective of increasing healthy behaviours among youth that will reduce threats from HIV or STIs. 620 Adolescent Health Groups (AHGs) (412 female and 208 male) with 7,094 participants (5,050 female and 2,044 male) have been formed. There is a high level of attendance and engagement in discussions on reproductive health rights.
130 Youth Action Groups have been established, have appointed leaders and are meeting regularly. These groups have carried out 32 outreach activities in the form of dramas and street rallies. 30 advocacy visits have been undertaken to religious leaders, school authorities, community and traditional leaders on issues of HIV and AIDS and promotion of adolescent health and rights. 160 parent groups have been formed and have carried out 390 dialogue sessions. 80 out-of-school youth (56 female and 24 male) have been financially supported by community members or capital grants to start micro enterprises such as hair salon, kiosks and tailoring. Another 600 out-of-school youth (420 female and 180 male) have received vocational and economic empowerment training.
In Senegal, 53 peer educators (42 female and 11 male) have been recruited and trained to facilitate the AHGs. 85 adolescent health groups with 1,918 participants (1,734 female and 184 male) have been established to increase youth’s knowledge on reproductive health, change in attitudes and beliefs and improve healthy behaviours. 24 Neighbourhood Councils/Local Committees (parents’ groups) and 22 Youth Action Groups have been formed. The Youth Action Groups, formed by past project participants, have organized street theatre and other actions in the community to improve awareness on issues of adolescent health rights. Parents and community members have engaged in 145 discussions about sexual abuse and violence. 1,535 female, out of school youth have been trained on literacy and numeracy with the aim of returning or continuing their education.