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I want to sincerly appologise to all our volunteers and neigbours.For sometimes now I have not been online,therefore updating our profile and activities are long overdue.I am just navigating this new nabuur website,it looks quite simple and good.
I have been in the village for our HIV/AIDS program,and as many of you know,we dont have internet connection there.I am really very sorry for being offline.
Let me commend all of you for being consistent and honourable to the plight of our community.Per day,the problem seems to be accumulating,we are however handling them as they come.
Phil and Brian,well done for your wonderful works.
I approve the new assignment details and would like volunteers to go ahead with the steps desired to get to the project.
I will also like to announce through this website,that we are looking for international marketers to sell our HIV/AIDS behavioral modification movie.We shall be very grateful to talk to potential partners on this. Funds realised from the marketing of the movie will help sponsor some of projects as well as contribute to modify behaviour of some youths in the world.
You may also buy some copies and send to your friends and relations.
Interested markertes should kindly contact me through my private email address.
ndukaoz@yahoo.com.
Thank you once more
Nduka ozor

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stdClass Object ( [nid] => 116258 [vid] => 116271 [type] => task_discussion [status] => 1 [created] => 1189445117 [changed] => 1217251089 [comment] => 2 [promote] => 0 [sticky] => 0 [revision_timestamp] => 1217251089 [title] => CATCH THEM YOUNG REPORT [body] => FINAL REPORT OF CATCH THEM YOUNG PROJECT (SUPPORTED BY IRISH AID AND IKU SWEDEN). NAME OF NGO: CENTRE FOR HIV/AIDS AND STD RESEARCH (CHISTRE) COUNTRY: NIGERIA TITLE OF PROJECT: CATCH THEM YOUNG (CTY) GRANT RECEIVED: N3, 577,875 (Three Million, Five Hundred and Seventy Seven Naira, and Eighty Hundred and Seventy five kobo) PROJECT REFERENCE NUMBER: MP/06/18 INTRODUCTION: In many rural communities in the South East zone of Nigeria, the HIV/AIDS pandemic is prevalent and affects all layers of society. Illness and death due to AIDS have far-reaching effects on families and communities, thus prevention of HIV infection requires that joint efforts be made by all sectors, organizations, and even the community coordinating mechanisms. Although communities still differ in the extent to which they have already been affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, current projections indicate that, if comprehensively integrated control measures are not put in place, our rural areas may witness an explosion in HIV infection similar to that of South Africa where the prevalence rate surpassed manageable proportions. In many of the communities in the South East zone, particularly in Imo where the pandemic has existed for many years without adequate prevention measures, families and community members find themselves confronted with increased expenditure for medicines and materials needed for home-based care and costly funerals. Accounts even illustrate how some families have resorted to burying their wards alive to avert the cost of caring for their AIDS-infected relations as in one case in Obudi–Agwa, Oguta Local government Area of Imo State. An account has it that a man had the temerity to bury his AIDS-infected daughter alive with the assistance of some able-bodied youths who later leaked the information. The man in question simply did away with his AIDS-suffering daughter to avoid the cost of treatment and stigma associated with the AIDS pandemic. As more and more youths and adults die, communities face the task of helping care for an increasing number of orphaned children and even incapacitated adults alike. Here indeed lies our concern, and the need to carry out an integrated HIV/AIDS prevention programme in the rural community of Agwa in Oguta local government Area becomes necessary. Many of the indigenes attribute AIDS-related deaths to the anger of the gods and therefore concentrate communal efforts on the superstitious cleansing rituals and placation of the local deity instead of HIV prevention programs. It therefore becomes necessary that a comprehensive community HIV prevention program be implemented to redress the misunderstandings and the underlying factors that increase the vulnerability of this rural community. It is on this premise that we forwarded a proposal for funding supports to Irish Aid to implement a HIV/AIDS educational program in the primary and post primary schools in Agwa, in Oguta local Government Area of Imo State. The project was implemented in 13 primary and 5 post primary schools in Agwa Community. The approach was that communities will ultimately assume ownership and ensure the sustainability of the HIV/AIDS project after the 9-months pilot period, but from evidences and reports from the project, it obviously will be to early to allow the community to own the project. This is because there still exist serious gaps from the community school gatekeepers and other stakeholders on their knowledge of the HIV/AIDS prevention methodologies. Furthermore, we had hoped that the communities will be able to identify their other health challenges, which will on the whole reduce their risky health activities including HIV/AIDS risky behaviours, but we can not say for sure that this expectation was met, because this project was the first ever HIV/AIDS intervention program carried out in that community. AGWA COMMUNITY Agwa is a mid-sized community of Igbo people, located in Oguta local government area of Imo State, Niger Delta region, approximately 45 kilometers from the Owerri capital city of Imo state, Nigeria. Largely spared by the devastation of the 3 year Nigerian civil War from 1967-1970, the town is situated on a tableland in a green belt including mostly palm and gmelina trees. It is reached via a 6 kilometers dirt road off the highway to Onitsha, a major south-eastern market. The principle form of industry is agriculture with farming carried out using traditional methodologies. The Town has a rich heritage of culture that is distinctly different from other social groups in Oguta Local government Areas. The people are easily identified by style of dress, dialect, folklore, customs and practices including wife heritage. The people lack social amenities, like paved roads, electricity, hospitals, pipe borne waters and good schools. Because of their relative isolation from the mainstream, the lifestyle of Agwa has retained a much more traditional characteristic. While retention of identity and other traditional ways of life is highly valued and is an obvious strength, superstition and ignorance are significant constraints to the development of the people, and its people are not as well developed economically and socially as other comparable communities elsewhere in Imo state.Poverty, isolation and the crude traditional practices within the community are significant issues for the risky behavioral tendencies to HIV/AIDS and other sexual health. The Problem Educating children about healthy behaviour can be a daunting task, especially in a developing country like Nigeria where expertise and facilities are lacking. Children look up to their parents, teachers, and in some cases, their peers as the most useful and helpful sources of information on sexual health issues, including HIV and AIDS. A 2001 survey by the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) of two hospitals in each local government area in Nigeria showed that 11% of patients were infected by HIV/AIDS. In 2003, a national survey carried out by the Federal Ministry of Health indicated a prevalence rate of 5%. This obviously shows a disparity. The assumption from the surveys, the disparity notwithstanding, is that the pandemic is widely distributed in the general population. It is important to note that children are the most vulnerable elements of the society to diseases, including HIV/AIDS. This makes it imperative for comprehensive preventive measures to be implemented if the future of our children is to be protected. In Nigeria and other parts of Africa, discussing sex with children is often taboo. This is of course one of the factors contributing to the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in the rural communities. It is on this premise that CHISTRE, a non-governmental organization with over six years experience has identified intervention needs in the 11 rural communities in Imo state in the South East zone of Nigeria. CATCH THEM YOUNG PROGRAM (CTY) Prevention programs that target children, the youth and their parents to change their attitude and perception towards sex education and that promote abstinence and create fear in the consequences of the virus will be a reasonable attempt to finding solution to the problem. It is on this premise that, CHISTRE in collaboration with 10 rural communities identified as the most inaccessible communities in the South East zone of Nigeria, proposed a HIV/AIDS prevention project in the Agwa communities, to be implemented alongside with the Community Based Youth organization called Mgbala Agwa Youth Forum. The AIDS project aimed at educating young people about sexual health issues before they attain sexual maturity. It also sought to demystify the age-long tradition of not discussing sex with children. It was further hoped that it will elicit active discussions amongst people in the community on other health problems through the education-entertainment program. The program prepared teachers, the youth, parents and peers on how to raise awareness of healthy sexual behaviour for children in primary and post-primary schools as well as the entire community through a well-structured educational-entertainment program. The program was implemented in the Agwa communities in Oguta local government Area, using primary schools, post-primary schools, churches, health institutions including traditional birth attendants and other established community coordinating mechanisms like the age grades, women associations, the traditional council leaders, the student association and youth organizations as its target audience. ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR THE PROJECT The Integrated Control Package, which Centre for HIV/AIDS and STD Research, (CHISTRE) implemented comprised the following: 1 Baseline research, including needs assessment, situation analysis and data collection. 2 Teaching of Students about HIV/AIDS in the schools. 3 Training of teachers and health workers 4 Dramatization of HIV/AIDS Risks 5 Children-based interactive workshops 6 Develop curricula to be used in other schools. ACTIVITIES ACTUALLY CARRIED OUT All the Activities listed in the proposal were carried out with little modification on the dramatization of HIV/AIDS risks. CHISTRE got an approval from the Irish Aid to go ahead with the modification as long as it has no financial implication on the side of Irish Aid. The modification was that we decided to record a movie instead of bringing in dance and drama troupes. The idea is to have the HIV/AIDS risks stored for sustainability purpose and in other to maintain the same story and message line. We therefore gathered several locals and trained them on the different roles to act in the film. One advantage of the movie is that, all the actors and actresses were at the same time educated on the dangers of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The various crowds at different locations were also educated about the dangers of the virus, while at the same time they were all entertained. RESULTS PLANNED We expected that after the 9-months project period, children would be highly informed on the dangers of risky behaviours and avoid such risky behaviours. Secondly, those teachers would be adequately trained on how to sustain the program and continue to teach their students about HIV/AIDS after the project period. Community members would experience a positive attitudinal change to risky behaviour resulting in responsible behaviour as well as develop an accommodating disposition to people living with the HIV (PLWHA). INDICATORS * Number of teachers trained * Number of students participating in the program * Number of sick people attended to by the community: the records from the health centre, which had already been taught about HIV/AIDS by MAYF and by monitoring antenatal women and people visiting the clinic * Number of patient medicine stores now selling condoms * Knowledge, attitude, practice, and belief of people now about HIV/AIDS. * Number of people visiting health centres for HIV/AIDS or sexual health screening RESULT ACHIEVED The program did not produce just one result, but it was able to put a clear process in the lifestyle of young people’s sexual behaviour. The consciousness and the fear of contracting HIV virus become evident amongst the youths. This is more feasible when a young girl that dresses seductively is moving on the way with a boy. The shout of ‘AIDS is Real, AIDS is Real’ rents the air. Although, there is no Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) centre in the community, the desire for the young people to check their HIV status was a re-occurring decimal from our various activities. Young people were eager to know their status in order that they may begin to manage the virus on time in the case of those who may test positive. Many of the schools have now dedicated special period to teach HIV/AIDS in the schools. From our preliminary interactive survey in three schools that participated in the program, the students confirmed that they were entertained as well as educated about HIV/AIDS and other sexual Health. Pupils from Mgbala Agwa Town School indicated that their teachers have banned them from staying outside their home as from 6.30pm as most of the sexual crimes are committed within and after the period. Teachers from Ala-Oma Primary School have requested that more copies of the ‘TOMORROW ON MY HAND’ film be made available to them as constant reminder on the effects of indecent lifestyle to their children and their peers. The Chairman of Oguta Local Government Area inaugurated a HIV/AIDS Local Action Committee on AIDS at Ala-Oma Development Centre. More people are now accepting people living with HIV/AIDS. More people are also visiting VCCT Centre outside the community to know their status. The traditional ruler of Mgbala Agwa Autonomous community made a rule, that any boy that impregnates a girl will adequately take care of the girl and will eventually marry her. The family of such a boy will pay a fine of N10,000 to the community .The rule also stipulates that any girl seen outside her family at odd hours will be arrested by the community vigilante group. The rules were made to prevent unwanted pregnancies, which will eventually lead to the reduction of HIV/AIDS incidence. BASELINE STUDY ON KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE, PRACTICE AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE STUDENTS IN THE SELECTED SCHOOLS CHISTRE in conjunction with MAYF conducted a survey on the Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, and Believe (KAPB) of the students in the selected schools in Agwa, Oguta local government Area of Imo State. The survey is to determine the general perception of the students in Agwa community about issues relating to HIV, in order to structure out the best intervention program to suit this rural community. (The report is attached) RESULT ACHIEVED It is somewhat difficult to determine what has changed from the report as relates to human behaviour.However; data generated from the survey was disseminated to relevant stakeholders who needed the data for program planning. One prominent outcome from the survey was that students were curious to understand what the questions will be used for. Some suspected that the government would provide health care services to their schools after the survey. It suffices to say that a health matter becomes a prominent issue in the schools and the entire community. Some members of the community are now able to identify their health challenges and understand some other terminologies used in the survey. On the side of the organization, data collection and its interpretation is no more a hazy affairs. IN-SCHOOL HIV/AIDS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ADVOCACY VISIT TO SCHOOLS CHISTRE visited the 18 schools proposed for the intervention program to get their buy-in into the program. All the schools visited welcomed the programme and assured CHISTRE of their supports to implement the program in their various schools. They applauded the initiative of CHISTRE and thanked them for extending the program to their schools. Apart from the vice-Headmaster of Primary School Umukpo Agwa who wanted to know the contribution of the Local Government Council to the Program, other Headmasters and principals thanked the government of Ireland for funding the Project. ADVOCACY TO TRADITIONAL RULERS Agwa is made up of five Autonomous communities. A traditional ruler that is recognized by the State government heads each autonomous Community. However, CHISTRE visited the two populous autonomous communities and requested their supports and assistance to implement the programme. The autonomous communities visited are. Mgbala Agwa Autonomous Community. The traditional ruler of the Community, Eze Charles C. Ukwu welcomed the CHISTRE team. He pleaded with the team to facilitate the establishment of other health care facilities that may address the health needs of the people in the community. He assured CHISTRE that himself, and the Palace Chiefs will give them all the necessary support. He offered libation to the local deity to protect the CHISTRE team and the funding Agencies while the programme lasts in Agwa. Obudi Agwa Autonomous Community: Eze I. O. Asor, the traditional ruler of Obudi Agwa autonomous Community was excited that at last social services are being extended to the communities in Agwa. He said he was shocked to learn that HIV/AIDS has been devastating communities in Agwa without any response from the government. He blamed politician whom he said are busy with political activities instead of addressing the social and economic needs of the people especially those in the rural areas. He thanked Mr. Nduka Ozor, the Project Director of CHISTRE whom he said he has known for many years as a concerned citizen of Agwa. M. O. U. CHISTRE and all the participating schools signed a memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The purpose is to streamline the programme implementation in the various schools in order not to interfere will the school academic sessions, as well as to make provision for CTY teachers in the school time tables. Each school in the MOU agreed to devote a particular period for the teaching of HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health issues based on the State HIV/AIDS Educational curriculum. . INAUGURATION OF CATCH THEM YOUNG (CTY) PROGRAMME The purpose of inaugurating the CTY programme is to bring all the stakeholders and CTY Publics together to share ideas, as well as to inform the public about the CTY Project. It was further aimed at creating massive awareness about HIV/AIDS in the schools and the public as well. CHISTRE organized the programme also to inform the National, State and local Action Committee on AIDS about the project and the financial supports received from the Government of Ireland to carry out the project in Agwa, Imo State. ATTENDANCE Each of the 18 schools selected for the project was requested to come to the inauguration venue with at least 20 students or pupils, but the headmasters and Principals considered that number too small. They said that HIV/AIDS education or information should not be limited to 20 people only therefore; they threw the attendance open for all students to participate. Over 2,000 pupils and students attended the inauguration. We had problems controlling the crowd (Please see the VCD already submitted) About 100 teachers also attended the inauguration, while about 200 people outside the school community were present. The following agencies attended. 1. Three representatives from State Primary Universal Basic Education (SUBEB),Owerri 2. Two Representatives from Ministry of Health HIV/AIDS Unit. 3. One representative from Ministry of Education HIV/AIDS Units. 4. Four Representatives from Oguta Local Government Headquarters 5. Five representatives from Ala-Oma Development Council. 6. The Customary Court Judge in Agwa 7. Personal Assistant to the Commissioner for Education Owerri, Imo State. 8. Two representatives from the traditional rulers of Obudi and Mgbala Agwa autonomous Communities. 9. Honourable Councilor Mgbala/Uba Agwa Ward. 10. Supervisory Councilor for Youths and Sports, Oguta LGA,Hon Ailbe B Ogbonna. 11. One representative from Agwa Women Organization SPEECHES AND PAPER PRESENTATIONS. The following people made presentations during the program Dr. Anyanwu C.O of the HIV/AIDS unit, Ministry of Health Owerri presented papers on; 1. The importance of HIV/AIDS Education in Primary and Post Primary Schools. 2. Clinical Manifestations of HIV/AIDS and STI The Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) presented an address during the inauguration (Paper attached). The HOD, Ministry of Health, Oguta LGA, also made a speech on behalf of the Local Government Area. Ala-Oma Development Council Area made a presentation and pledged the sum of N30, 000 to support CHISTRE in the HIV/AIDS in-school program (CTY). Making the presentation on behalf of the coordinator Ala-Oma Development Council, the HOD in the Health Department Mrs. Ozuzu, said that CHISTRE and Mgbala Agwa Youth Forum represents a dynamic generation in Imo State. She said that what CHISTRE is doing in the primary and post Primary Schools in Agwa deserves an award. “This is a feat the State and Local Government Areas have not been able to achieve”. She thanked the funding agencies Irish Aid & IKU for supporting CHISTRE to carry the project. She called for the extension of the educational program in all the Primary and Post Primary Schools in Oguta LGA. SUMMARY All the speakers applauded Irish Aid and IKU for funding the CTY Project. They also requested the extension of the program in all the Primary and Post Primary schools in Oguta LGA. Mr. Nduka Ozor, the Project Director of CHISTRE in his welcome address commended the government and people of Ireland for supporting the grass root HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Agwa. He narrated chilling stories on the effects of HIV/AIDS epidemic in Agwa and opined that CTY will correct some of the underlying factors responsible for the vulnerability of Youth and adults alike to HIV/AIDS. The inauguration witnessed heavy media presence: In attendance were: 1. Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) Television and Radio, Owerri. 2. NTA Channel 12 Owerri 3. The Sun Newspapers 4. The Punch Newspapers 5. The Ambassador Newspapers Before the inauguration, several spots of Radio announcement and News Reviews were made on the various Broadcasting stations in Imo State. NARRATIVES A 2001 survey by the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research of two hospitals in every local government in Nigeria showed that 11% of patients are infected by HIV/AIDS. Children are the most vulnerable element of society to diseases, including HIV/AIDS. In 2003, the National survey indicated a prevalence rate of 5%, (Federal Ministry of Health) (FMOH 2003), this obviously shows a disparity. The assumption is that the epidemic is widely distributed in the general population. It is on this premise that our organization Centre For HIV/AIDS And STD Research,(CHISTRE) after a very careful study on how to reach-out to these children in the rural community developed a program aimed at educating teachers in 13 primary and 5 post primary schools in Agwa. The aim of the programme is simply to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS to the up-coming generation and elicit active discussions about sexuality through education, training of teachers to educate pupils and conducting behavioral change programmes. Centre for HIV/AIDS and STD Research with funding assistance from IKU and IRIS AIDS therefore carried out this HIV/AIDS educational programme in 18 primary and post primary schools in Agwa community. The project has its objectives amongst others: 1 To increase the knowledge level of children in 13 primary and 5 post primary schools in Agwa about HIV/AIDS. 2 To strengthen the capacity of 36 teachers to communicate with children about sexual behaviour and the risks of HIV/AIDS infection in thirteen primary and five post primary schools in Agwa. To develop a curriculum that will help reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS through educating young people about the virus. On this note, CHISTRE gathered teachers, students and other health educators together at Agwa secondary school Agwa, from March 12, 2007, to 16th of March 2007. The programme was attended by participants selected from each school, According to the MoU reached with each of the school; two teachers will be trained, but many teachers indicated interest to participate in the program outside the official list submitted by their schools. About 10 teachers that were not included in the list were trained. 7 Students from Imo State University, Department of medicine and laboratory science were also trained, the students according to their leader Mr. Onyeka heard about the program on the state radio services, and they seized the opportunity to attend the workshop despite their tight schedule.3 Nurses from local clinic also participated in the training. Resource persons were drawn from government agencies, Media, civil society groups and the community. Some of the resource persons include: Dr.Anyanwu C.A, Head, HIV/AIDS Unit, Imo State Action Committee on AIDS. Mr. Chidi Madu, Director of programmes, Imo State Broadcasting services (IBC) Mrs. Ukachi Ozuzu: HOD Health, Ala-oma Development Area, Oguta Local Government Mr. Anthony Uzoma, Youth leader Obudi Agwa Youth Forum. Mr. Nduka Ozor, Project Director, Centre For HIV/AIDS and STD Research Lagos Nigeria. Mr. Kennedy Ogbonna, Secretary, Mgbala Agwa Youth Forum Miss Ann Philip, Member Mgbala Agwa Youth Forum. Over 15 topics excluding interactive sections were presented to the participants. The training commences from 9am and closes by 5.30 pm daily. Participants found the program very interesting and intensive. We have attached some of the lectures presented during the program, as well as video-recorded clips of the event. We have also included in this package, some pictures of what happened during the training. You will also find in this package, a report of how many people that have been reached since in the inception of the project. It is imperative to inform you that we changed the invitation of drama troupe to perform during workshops in the school; the reason was that we found out that, the activity is not a sustainable behavioral change process. The drama troupe also misinformed us during the budget preparation by giving us a charge of N150, 000.During the program proper, the drama troupe said, they will be paid the sum of N150, 000 per workshop, this means that, we shall pay the total sum of N600, 000 to the troupe excluding feeding, transport and accommodation for the two weeks period. We therefore decided to put up a local drama troupe together and recorded the play in a video tape. We also hope to mass-produce the tape for distribution to other NGO, civil society organizations and the public for educational purposes only. A copy of the drama will be sent to you as soon as the editing is completed.(Please see MOV attached) RESULT ACHIEVED From our preliminary evaluation, the program has generated lots of success in both behavioral change and attitude to sex amongst youths in the community. For instance, a research carried out in some of the clinics indicated that the rate of pregnancies which results to abortion has reduced by over 60%,nurses at some of the clinics confirmed that young girls don’t sneak into the hospitals as often to carry out abortion, although they were unable to provide verifiable proofs, but they said that previously, they record about 10 cases of abortions in a month, but recently they have not been able to carry out up to four abortions in a month, meaning that they girls are either using condoms or they are abstaining from sex. Another survey carried out amongst patient medicine dealers indicated that the rate of condom consumption has increase to over 30%.One Mr. Elias(a Patient medicine dealer) said that he now sells condoms faster than any other product on his shelves. He saw it as a market boom for him and requested that more campaigns on the use of condom be carried out in the community. WHAT WAS THE SITUATION BEFORE THE CHANGE? There was no single HIV/AIDS intervention program in Agwa community before our intervention. The community experienced several cases of death; young girls were fast becoming mothers, almost all the young girls 15 year above either have had a baby or have committed abortion at one time or the other. Many of them were dropping out of schools because of the burden of caring for their babies. Sometimes their parents stopped them from school because they assumed that the aim of sending them to school has been defeated as they return home with pregnancies. The young boys as well were trapped with the issue of caring for pregnancies until the girl gives birth. Overall, the problem generated to loss of family value systems, many Christian families could not withstand the shame of facing the Priest or Pastors in the congregation to explain the shameless behaviour of their wards or children. Many of these cases were left to the traditional rulers to handle and sometimes to the religious congregations; we identified serious gaps in the ways the traditional rulers were handling these problems. Moreover, as the required attitudinal changes are eluding the community, we taught that serious social mobilization for behavioural change is imminent. In addition, this change will have to be propagated by us as concerned indigenes of the community. Although resources to pursue the programmes were very scarce, yet we were dogged and resilient in achieving our set objectives. FOLLOW UP We recommend following up on these activities in the post primary schools. 1. Training of Peer Health Educators. 2. Formation of Anti AIDS clubs in the five post primary schools. 3. Refresher training for all the teachers. 4. Continuation of teaching HIV/AIDS in all the selected primary schools for the next school term of three months. OBJECTIVES The objectives include. 1. To promote accurate information on sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS to young people in order to promote behaviour change for safer lifestyle. 2. To promote the use of peer approach in life skill building among young rural people on HIV/AIDS education. 3. To build the capacity of members of staff and members of the anti-AIDS clubs, especially girl children and young female adults in the five post primary schools in Agwa. 4. To improve gender relationships and rations in clubs through mixed team sports and creation of gender awareness within clubs. RATIONALE FOR EMPOWERMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE WITH AIDS INFORMATION. Empowerment in this discussion means giving young girls and boys the ability to negotiate safer sex practices and take responsibility for their behaviour. In 2003, the national sentinel survey indicates that. 1 The HIV/AIDS infection was more common in young people aged 14-25 years. 2 Young girls were a high-risk group. 3 Unemployment was high in the rural areas; the young girls were forced into illegal and harmful practices such as prostitution in order to earn a living. 4 Young girls were forced into marriages more often than older infected persons. 5 Young girls were good educators of their fellow youth and consequently learning was faster. Based on the above and the fact that no anti-AIDS program had been carried in the Agwa community, the need to empower the young people to adequately protect them against infection is very important. METHODOLOGIES/ACTIVITIES; The methodologies to be used in facilitating the learning of life skills include skill practice, discussion panels, focused debates, brainstorming, role-playing, 10 minutes drama by the group, case studies and games. Other activities include intensive capacity building trainings for young people. EXPECTED OUT COMES: 1 Young people will be more assertive and will take leadership roles in the management of anti AIDS clubs. 2 The number of teenage pregnancies will drop in schools. 3 Girls will now be able to report sexual abuse to school authorities or even the local chief and security agents. 4 Young people will know their rights and appreciate the value of education unlike before when they were forced into marriages. 5 Young people will be able to notice risky behaviors and outside the school environment. 6 Boys are sensitized by girls on their rights. 7 Girls will develop decision-making skills. EXPENDITURE CHISTRE received the sum of Three Mullion, Five Hundred and Seventy Seven Thousand, Eight Hundred and Seventy Five Naira only from Irish AIDS. We also received another grant of Ten thousand United State of American dollars from IKU Sweden, which we converted to One Million, Two hundred and Seventy Thousand Naira only at the rate of One hundred and twenty seven naira per 1USD. The management of CHISTRE also approved counter-part fund of One Million, Ninety Eight Thousand, Four hundred and Ninety Five Naira only. The total fund expended on the project amounted to Five Million, Nine Hundred and Forty Six Thousand, Three hundred and Seventy naira only. All the activities proposed in the concept paper were successfully carried out. CHISTRE did not propose to inaugurate the project, but due the fact that the project was the first of its kind in the rural community of Agwa,and by extension in the entire Oguta local Government Area, we therefore decided to bring together all stakeholders including the schools to inform them about the project, as well as to draw media attentions to the rural community of Agwa. The inauguration witnessed massive turn out of people both from the community and outside the community.However; it had serious cost implication, which made the management of CHISTRE to supplement the cost. EXPENDITURE JUSTIFICATIONS To the best of our knowledge, the project funds were reasonable spent, and the project has affected immensely the life of the people of Agwa community. It has elicited several discussions on other health matters of the people within and outside Agwa. LESSONS LEARNT Several lessons were learnt during the project planning and implementations. Although, we discovered that the community had several constraints to successful program implementations such as. Culture: On some certain days in the week, the community life is active while on other days it is very dull, as many people prefer to go to their farm works. As far as the community is concerned there is only four days in a week, they are .EKE, ORIE, AFOR AND NKWO; days are counted like this for ordinary community person in the village. However, in the schools, teachers work from Monday to Friday. Many of the teachers take off days within the working week to attend to their farm work. Almost no schools have learning facilities, such as library, chairs, tables and even staff rooms. Students come with their chairs from home. Many of the students trek about 3kms before they get to their schools on a daily basis. As far as the community is concerned, the other ordinary day important to the people is Sunday. The people are very religious, and mostly Catholics. Sex education is a new concept in Agwa community, there was a great debate even amongst the teachers that sex education should not be allowed in the schools for them, they said it will corrupt the young children. Many parents did not also allow that their children participate in the sex education class. That was a very big challenge during the program implementation in the schools.However; we embarked on house-to-house education of many families about sex education before some of the parents allowed their children to be part of the classes. Some of the teachers did not even know what HIV/AIDS stands for before the training. They were at par with some of the students; therefore, we had to send more CHISTRE staff in those schools where the teachers were not in grasp of the HIV/AIDS issues to supervise the lessons. Another serious lesson learnt was the translation of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in local languages.But, we were very careful not to give it a name that would not be so scary. We called it OBIRINA-AJA OCHA (It ends in red sand) . Gender: Another serious lesson was the inferiority complex of some of the girls to partake in the discussion of sex in the classes. We noticed that some of those who do not even want to talk about sex in the classes are prone to more sexual harassments. Many of the girls prefer not to mention parts of the sexual organs; instead, they begin to laugh when they are asked about it. We also discovered that boys are freer to talk about sex than girls and this is a very problem because, it allowed the boys to dominate the discussions and share more experiences than the girls, even when girls are more vulnerable to sexual harassments and to STD and HIV/AIDS; Poverty: Poverty is a major cause of many deaths in the community. We came across a family that could not even afford N20.to buy a pain killer tablet. The said family could not even borrow from their neighbours or friends to buy a tablet. They therefore resorted to prayers and the use of herbs. Some students serve in beer parlours after school in other to raise money to pay their school fees. In some cases, some men approach them for other sexual services at a fee they cannot resist. Widows are denied access to the community social services; some of them take risky behaviors to survive and to cater to their families. Timing: Time was severely adjusted due to the fact that many of the participants and students could not arrived as scheduled. We learnt that ‘African Time is very common in Agwa.African time implies that people do not attend programs at the exact time scheduled, they attend program 2-3 hours late, even when the ground rule said that we should respect time, yet it was not observed. RECOMMENDATIONS; We seriously recommend a follow –up as suggested in this report (see follow-up). We also recommend other programs to address other issues like. 1. Poverty reduction program. 2. Women Empowerment 3. Information Technology development in the communities. 4. Youth Empowerment. 5. Income generating activities for families affected by HIV/AIDS. 6. Sustainability of HIV/AIDS prevention programs in the schools, churches and market places. 7. Educational programs to enable children and young boys embrace education. 8. We also recommend the establishment of a Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT)centre. The Agwa community has no social amenities and these impacts on the social life of the people. There is no recreational centre, no good hospital, no pipe borne water, no electricity, no paved road. The people are in the dark. The schools are very dirty, without qualified teachers. There is no equipment in the schools and sometimes teachers are owed for many months. Many of the young girls are mothers even at the age of 16 or above. An idle mind they say is the devil's workshop. The young boys are taking to crime because they have no means of livelihood.The situation requires urgent attention. 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FINAL REPORT OF CATCH THEM YOUNG PROJECT (SUPPORTED BY IRISH AID AND IKU SWEDEN).

NAME OF NGO: CENTRE FOR HIV/AIDS AND STD RESEARCH (CHISTRE)

COUNTRY: NIGERIA

TITLE OF PROJECT: CATCH THEM YOUNG (CTY)

GRANT RECEIVED: N3, 577,875 (Three Million, Five Hundred and Seventy Seven Naira, and Eighty Hundred and Seventy five kobo)

PROJECT REFERENCE NUMBER: MP/06/18

INTRODUCTION:
In many rural communities in the South East zone of Nigeria, the HIV/AIDS pandemic is prevalent and affects all layers of society. Illness and death due to AIDS have far-reaching effects on families and communities, thus prevention of HIV infection requires that joint efforts be made by all sectors, organizations, and even the community coordinating mechanisms.

Although communities still differ in the extent to which they have already been affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, current projections indicate that, if comprehensively integrated control measures are not put in place, our rural areas may witness an explosion in HIV infection similar to that of South Africa where the prevalence rate surpassed manageable proportions.

In many of the communities in the South East zone, particularly in Imo where the pandemic has existed for many years without adequate prevention measures, families and community members find themselves confronted with increased expenditure for medicines and materials needed for home-based care and costly funerals. Accounts even illustrate how some families have resorted to burying their wards alive to avert the cost of caring for their AIDS-infected relations as in one case in Obudi–Agwa, Oguta Local government Area of Imo State. An account has it that a man had the temerity to bury his AIDS-infected daughter alive with the assistance of some able-bodied youths who later leaked the information. The man in question simply did away with his AIDS-suffering daughter to avoid the cost of treatment and stigma associated with the AIDS pandemic.

As more and more youths and adults die, communities face the task of helping care for an increasing number of orphaned children and even incapacitated adults alike. Here indeed lies our concern, and the need to carry out an integrated HIV/AIDS prevention programme in the rural community of Agwa in Oguta local government Area becomes necessary.

Many of the indigenes attribute AIDS-related deaths to the anger of the gods and therefore concentrate communal efforts on the superstitious cleansing rituals and placation of the local deity instead of HIV prevention programs.

It therefore becomes necessary that a comprehensive community HIV prevention program be implemented to redress the misunderstandings and the underlying factors that increase the vulnerability of this rural community.
It is on this premise that we forwarded a proposal for funding supports to Irish Aid to implement a HIV/AIDS educational program in the primary and post primary schools in Agwa, in Oguta local Government Area of Imo State.
The project was implemented in 13 primary and 5 post primary schools in Agwa Community.

The approach was that communities will ultimately assume ownership and ensure the sustainability of the HIV/AIDS project after the 9-months pilot period, but from evidences and reports from the project, it obviously will be to early to allow the community to own the project. This is because there still exist serious gaps from the community school gatekeepers and other stakeholders on their knowledge of the HIV/AIDS prevention methodologies. Furthermore, we had hoped that the communities will be able to identify their other health challenges, which will on the whole reduce their risky health activities including HIV/AIDS risky behaviours, but we can not say for sure that this expectation was met, because this project was the first ever HIV/AIDS intervention program carried out in that community.

AGWA COMMUNITY
Agwa is a mid-sized community of Igbo people, located in Oguta local government area of Imo State, Niger Delta region, approximately 45 kilometers from the Owerri capital city of Imo state, Nigeria.

Largely spared by the devastation of the 3 year Nigerian civil War from 1967-1970, the town is situated on a tableland in a green belt including mostly palm and gmelina trees. It is reached via a 6 kilometers dirt road off the highway to Onitsha, a major south-eastern market.
The principle form of industry is agriculture with farming carried out using traditional methodologies.

The Town has a rich heritage of culture that is distinctly different from other social groups in Oguta Local government Areas. The people are easily identified by style of dress, dialect, folklore, customs and practices including wife heritage. The people lack social amenities, like paved roads, electricity, hospitals, pipe borne waters and good schools.
Because of their relative isolation from the mainstream, the lifestyle of Agwa has retained a much more traditional characteristic. While retention of identity and other traditional ways of life is highly valued and is an obvious strength, superstition and ignorance are significant constraints to the development of the people, and its people are not as well developed economically and socially as other comparable communities elsewhere in Imo state.Poverty, isolation and the crude traditional practices within the community are significant issues for the risky behavioral tendencies to HIV/AIDS and other sexual health.

The Problem
Educating children about healthy behaviour can be a daunting task, especially in a developing country like Nigeria where expertise and facilities are lacking. Children look up to their parents, teachers, and in some cases, their peers as the most useful and helpful sources of information on sexual health issues, including HIV and AIDS.

A 2001 survey by the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) of two hospitals in each local government area in Nigeria showed that 11% of patients were infected by HIV/AIDS. In 2003, a national survey carried out by the Federal Ministry of Health indicated a prevalence rate of 5%. This obviously shows a disparity. The assumption from the surveys, the disparity notwithstanding, is that the pandemic is widely distributed in the general population. It is important to note that children are the most vulnerable elements of the society to diseases, including HIV/AIDS. This makes it imperative for comprehensive preventive measures to be implemented if the future of our children is to be protected.

In Nigeria and other parts of Africa, discussing sex with children is often taboo. This is of course one of the factors contributing to the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in the rural communities. It is on this premise that CHISTRE, a non-governmental organization with over six years experience has identified intervention needs in the 11 rural communities in Imo state in the South East zone of Nigeria.

CATCH THEM YOUNG PROGRAM (CTY)
Prevention programs that target children, the youth and their parents to change their attitude and perception towards sex education and that promote abstinence and create fear in the consequences of the virus will be a reasonable attempt to finding solution to the problem. It is on this premise that, CHISTRE in collaboration with 10 rural communities identified as the most inaccessible communities in the South East zone of Nigeria, proposed a HIV/AIDS prevention project in the Agwa communities, to be implemented alongside with the Community Based Youth organization called Mgbala Agwa Youth Forum.

The AIDS project aimed at educating young people about sexual health issues before they attain sexual maturity. It also sought to demystify the age-long tradition of not discussing sex with children. It was further hoped that it will elicit active discussions amongst people in the community on other health problems through the education-entertainment program. The program prepared teachers, the youth, parents and peers on how to raise awareness of healthy sexual behaviour for children in primary and post-primary schools as well as the entire community through a well-structured educational-entertainment program. The program was implemented in the Agwa communities in Oguta local government Area, using primary schools, post-primary schools, churches, health institutions including traditional birth attendants and other established community coordinating mechanisms like the age grades, women associations, the traditional council leaders, the student association and youth organizations as its target audience.

ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR THE PROJECT
The Integrated Control Package, which Centre for HIV/AIDS and STD Research, (CHISTRE) implemented comprised the following:

1 Baseline research, including needs assessment, situation analysis and data collection.
2 Teaching of Students about HIV/AIDS in the schools.
3 Training of teachers and health workers
4 Dramatization of HIV/AIDS Risks
5 Children-based interactive workshops
6 Develop curricula to be used in other schools.

ACTIVITIES ACTUALLY CARRIED OUT

All the Activities listed in the proposal were carried out with little modification on the dramatization of HIV/AIDS risks. CHISTRE got an approval from the Irish Aid to go ahead with the modification as long as it has no financial implication on the side of Irish Aid. The modification was that we decided to record a movie instead of bringing in dance and drama troupes. The idea is to have the HIV/AIDS risks stored for sustainability purpose and in other to maintain the same story and message line. We therefore gathered several locals and trained them on the different roles to act in the film.
One advantage of the movie is that, all the actors and actresses were at the same time educated on the dangers of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The various crowds at different locations were also educated about the dangers of the virus, while at the same time they were all entertained.

RESULTS PLANNED
We expected that after the 9-months project period, children would be highly informed on the dangers of risky behaviours and avoid such risky behaviours.

Secondly, those teachers would be adequately trained on how to sustain the program and continue to teach their students about HIV/AIDS after the project period.

Community members would experience a positive attitudinal change to risky behaviour resulting in responsible behaviour as well as develop an accommodating disposition to people living with the HIV (PLWHA).

INDICATORS
* Number of teachers trained
* Number of students participating in the program
* Number of sick people attended to by the community: the records from the health centre, which had already been taught about HIV/AIDS by MAYF and by monitoring antenatal women and people visiting the clinic
* Number of patient medicine stores now selling condoms
* Knowledge, attitude, practice, and belief of people now about HIV/AIDS.
* Number of people visiting health centres for HIV/AIDS or sexual health screening

RESULT ACHIEVED
The program did not produce just one result, but it was able to put a clear process in the lifestyle of young people’s sexual behaviour. The consciousness and the fear of contracting HIV virus become evident amongst the youths. This is more feasible when a young girl that dresses seductively is moving on the way with a boy. The shout of ‘AIDS is Real, AIDS is Real’ rents the air.

Although, there is no Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) centre in the community, the desire for the young people to check their HIV status was a re-occurring decimal from our various activities. Young people were eager to know their status in order that they may begin to manage the virus on time in the case of those who may test positive.
Many of the schools have now dedicated special period to teach HIV/AIDS in the schools.
From our preliminary interactive survey in three schools that participated in the program, the students confirmed that they were entertained as well as educated about HIV/AIDS and other sexual Health.

Pupils from Mgbala Agwa Town School indicated that their teachers have banned them from staying outside their home as from 6.30pm as most of the sexual crimes are committed within and after the period.

Teachers from Ala-Oma Primary School have requested that more copies of the ‘TOMORROW ON MY HAND’ film be made available to them as constant reminder on the effects of indecent lifestyle to their children and their peers.

The Chairman of Oguta Local Government Area inaugurated a HIV/AIDS Local Action Committee on AIDS at Ala-Oma Development Centre.
More people are now accepting people living with HIV/AIDS. More people are also visiting VCCT Centre outside the community to know their status.
The traditional ruler of Mgbala Agwa Autonomous community made a rule, that any boy that impregnates a girl will adequately take care of the girl and will eventually marry her. The family of such a boy will pay a fine of N10,000 to the community .The rule also stipulates that any girl seen outside her family at odd hours will be arrested by the community vigilante group.
The rules were made to prevent unwanted pregnancies, which will eventually lead to the reduction of HIV/AIDS incidence.

BASELINE STUDY ON KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE, PRACTICE AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE STUDENTS IN THE SELECTED SCHOOLS
CHISTRE in conjunction with MAYF conducted a survey on the Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, and Believe (KAPB) of the students in the selected schools in Agwa, Oguta local government Area of Imo State. The survey is to determine the general perception of the students in Agwa community about issues relating to HIV, in order to structure out the best intervention program to suit this rural community. (The report is attached)

RESULT ACHIEVED
It is somewhat difficult to determine what has changed from the report as relates to human behaviour.However; data generated from the survey was disseminated to relevant stakeholders who needed the data for program planning.
One prominent outcome from the survey was that students were curious to understand what the questions will be used for. Some suspected that the government would provide health care services to their schools after the survey. It suffices to say that a health matter becomes a prominent issue in the schools and the entire community. Some members of the community are now able to identify their health challenges and understand some other terminologies used in the survey.
On the side of the organization, data collection and its interpretation is no more a hazy affairs.

IN-SCHOOL HIV/AIDS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
ADVOCACY VISIT TO SCHOOLS

CHISTRE visited the 18 schools proposed for the intervention program to get their buy-in into the program.

All the schools visited welcomed the programme and assured CHISTRE of their supports to implement the program in their various schools. They applauded the initiative of CHISTRE and thanked them for extending the program to their schools.

Apart from the vice-Headmaster of Primary School Umukpo Agwa who wanted to know the contribution of the Local Government Council to the Program, other Headmasters and principals thanked the government of Ireland for funding the Project.
ADVOCACY TO TRADITIONAL RULERS
Agwa is made up of five Autonomous communities. A traditional ruler that is recognized by the State government heads each autonomous Community. However, CHISTRE visited the two populous autonomous communities and requested their supports and assistance to implement the programme.
The autonomous communities visited are.

Mgbala Agwa Autonomous Community. The traditional ruler of the Community, Eze
Charles C. Ukwu welcomed the CHISTRE team. He pleaded with the team to facilitate the establishment of other health care facilities that may address the health needs of the people in the community. He assured CHISTRE that himself, and the Palace Chiefs will give them all the necessary support. He offered libation to the local deity to protect the CHISTRE team and the funding Agencies while the programme lasts in Agwa.

Obudi Agwa Autonomous Community: Eze I. O. Asor, the traditional ruler of Obudi Agwa autonomous Community was excited that at last social services are being extended to the communities in Agwa. He said he was shocked to learn that HIV/AIDS has been devastating communities in Agwa without any response from the government. He blamed politician whom he said are busy with political activities instead of addressing the social and economic needs of the people especially those in the rural areas.
He thanked Mr. Nduka Ozor, the Project Director of CHISTRE whom he said he has known for many years as a concerned citizen of Agwa.
M. O. U.
CHISTRE and all the participating schools signed a memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The purpose is to streamline the programme implementation in the various schools in order not to interfere will the school academic sessions, as well as to make provision for CTY teachers in the school time tables.

Each school in the MOU agreed to devote a particular period for the teaching of HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health issues based on the State HIV/AIDS Educational curriculum. .
INAUGURATION OF CATCH THEM YOUNG (CTY) PROGRAMME
The purpose of inaugurating the CTY programme is to bring all the stakeholders and CTY Publics together to share ideas, as well as to inform the public about the CTY Project. It was further aimed at creating massive awareness about HIV/AIDS in the schools and the public as well. CHISTRE organized the programme also to inform the National, State and local Action Committee on AIDS about the project and the financial supports received from the Government of Ireland to carry out the project in Agwa, Imo State.

ATTENDANCE
Each of the 18 schools selected for the project was requested to come to the inauguration venue with at least 20 students or pupils, but the headmasters and Principals considered that number too small. They said that HIV/AIDS education or information should not be limited to 20 people only therefore; they threw the attendance open for all students to participate.
Over 2,000 pupils and students attended the inauguration. We had problems controlling the crowd (Please see the VCD already submitted)
About 100 teachers also attended the inauguration, while about 200 people outside the school community were present.
The following agencies attended.

1. Three representatives from State Primary Universal Basic Education (SUBEB),Owerri
2. Two Representatives from Ministry of Health HIV/AIDS Unit.
3. One representative from Ministry of Education HIV/AIDS Units.
4. Four Representatives from Oguta Local Government Headquarters
5. Five representatives from Ala-Oma Development Council.
6. The Customary Court Judge in Agwa
7. Personal Assistant to the Commissioner for Education Owerri, Imo State.
8. Two representatives from the traditional rulers of Obudi and Mgbala Agwa autonomous Communities.
9. Honourable Councilor Mgbala/Uba Agwa Ward.
10. Supervisory Councilor for Youths and Sports, Oguta LGA,Hon Ailbe B Ogbonna.
11. One representative from Agwa Women Organization

SPEECHES AND PAPER PRESENTATIONS.
The following people made presentations during the program
Dr. Anyanwu C.O of the HIV/AIDS unit, Ministry of Health Owerri presented papers on;
1. The importance of HIV/AIDS Education in Primary and Post Primary Schools.
2. Clinical Manifestations of HIV/AIDS and STI

The Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) presented an address during the inauguration (Paper attached).
The HOD, Ministry of Health, Oguta LGA, also made a speech on behalf of the Local Government Area.

Ala-Oma Development Council Area made a presentation and pledged the sum of N30, 000 to support CHISTRE in the HIV/AIDS in-school program (CTY).

Making the presentation on behalf of the coordinator Ala-Oma Development Council, the HOD in the Health Department Mrs. Ozuzu, said that CHISTRE and Mgbala Agwa Youth Forum represents a dynamic generation in Imo State. She said that what CHISTRE is doing in the primary and post Primary Schools in Agwa deserves an award. “This is a feat the State and Local Government Areas have not been able to achieve”. She thanked the funding agencies Irish Aid & IKU for supporting CHISTRE to carry the project. She called for the extension of the educational program in all the Primary and Post Primary Schools in Oguta LGA.
SUMMARY
All the speakers applauded Irish Aid and IKU for funding the CTY Project. They also requested the extension of the program in all the Primary and Post Primary schools in Oguta LGA.

Mr. Nduka Ozor, the Project Director of CHISTRE in his welcome address commended the government and people of Ireland for supporting the grass root HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Agwa.

He narrated chilling stories on the effects of HIV/AIDS epidemic in Agwa and opined that CTY will correct some of the underlying factors responsible for the vulnerability of Youth and adults alike to HIV/AIDS.

The inauguration witnessed heavy media presence: In attendance were:

1. Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) Television and Radio, Owerri.
2. NTA Channel 12 Owerri
3. The Sun Newspapers
4. The Punch Newspapers
5. The Ambassador Newspapers

Before the inauguration, several spots of Radio announcement and News Reviews were made on the various Broadcasting stations in Imo State.

NARRATIVES

A 2001 survey by the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research of two hospitals in every local government in Nigeria showed that 11% of patients are infected by HIV/AIDS. Children are the most vulnerable element of society to diseases, including HIV/AIDS. In 2003, the National survey indicated a prevalence rate of 5%, (Federal Ministry of Health) (FMOH 2003), this obviously shows a disparity. The assumption is that the epidemic is widely distributed in the general population.
It is on this premise that our organization Centre For HIV/AIDS And STD Research,(CHISTRE) after a very careful study on how to reach-out to these children in the rural community developed a program aimed at educating teachers in 13 primary and 5 post primary schools in Agwa.
The aim of the programme is simply to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS to the up-coming generation and elicit active discussions about sexuality through education, training of teachers to educate pupils and conducting behavioral change programmes.
Centre for HIV/AIDS and STD Research with funding assistance from IKU and IRIS AIDS therefore carried out this HIV/AIDS educational programme in 18 primary and post primary schools in Agwa community.

The project has its objectives amongst others:
1 To increase the knowledge level of children in 13 primary and 5 post primary schools in Agwa about HIV/AIDS.
2 To strengthen the capacity of 36 teachers to communicate with children about sexual behaviour and the risks of HIV/AIDS infection in thirteen primary and five post primary schools in Agwa.
To develop a curriculum that will help reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS through educating young people about the virus.
On this note, CHISTRE gathered teachers, students and other health educators together at Agwa secondary school Agwa, from March 12, 2007, to 16th of March 2007.

The programme was attended by participants selected from each school, According to the MoU reached with each of the school; two teachers will be trained, but many teachers indicated interest to participate in the program outside the official list submitted by their schools. About 10 teachers that were not included in the list were trained.
7 Students from Imo State University, Department of medicine and laboratory science were also trained, the students according to their leader Mr. Onyeka heard about the program on the state radio services, and they seized the opportunity to attend the workshop despite their tight schedule.3 Nurses from local clinic also participated in the training.
Resource persons were drawn from government agencies, Media, civil society groups and the community. Some of the resource persons include:
Dr.Anyanwu C.A, Head, HIV/AIDS Unit, Imo State Action Committee on AIDS.

Mr. Chidi Madu, Director of programmes, Imo State Broadcasting services (IBC)
Mrs. Ukachi Ozuzu: HOD Health, Ala-oma Development Area, Oguta Local Government
Mr. Anthony Uzoma, Youth leader Obudi Agwa Youth Forum.
Mr. Nduka Ozor, Project Director, Centre For HIV/AIDS and STD Research Lagos Nigeria.

Mr. Kennedy Ogbonna, Secretary, Mgbala Agwa Youth Forum

Miss Ann Philip, Member Mgbala Agwa Youth Forum.
Over 15 topics excluding interactive sections were presented to the participants. The training commences from 9am and closes by 5.30 pm daily.
Participants found the program very interesting and intensive.
We have attached some of the lectures presented during the program, as well as video-recorded clips of the event. We have also included in this package, some pictures of what happened during the training. You will also find in this package, a report of how many people that have been reached since in the inception of the project.
It is imperative to inform you that we changed the invitation of drama troupe to perform during workshops in the school; the reason was that we found out that, the activity is not a sustainable behavioral change process. The drama troupe also misinformed us during the budget preparation by giving us a charge of N150, 000.During the program proper, the drama troupe said, they will be paid the sum of N150, 000 per workshop, this means that, we shall pay the total sum of N600, 000 to the troupe excluding feeding, transport and accommodation for the two weeks period. We therefore decided to put up a local drama troupe together and recorded the play in a video tape. We also hope to mass-produce the tape for distribution to other NGO, civil society organizations and the public for educational purposes only. A copy of the drama will be sent to you as soon as the editing is completed.(Please see MOV attached)
RESULT ACHIEVED
From our preliminary evaluation, the program has generated lots of success in both behavioral change and attitude to sex amongst youths in the community. For instance, a research carried out in some of the clinics indicated that the rate of pregnancies which results to abortion has reduced by over 60%,nurses at some of the clinics confirmed that young girls don’t sneak into the hospitals as often to carry out abortion, although they were unable to provide verifiable proofs, but they said that previously, they record about 10 cases of abortions in a month, but recently they have not been able to carry out up to four abortions in a month, meaning that they girls are either using condoms or they are abstaining from sex.
Another survey carried out amongst patient medicine dealers indicated that the rate of condom consumption has increase to over 30%.One Mr. Elias(a Patient medicine dealer) said that he now sells condoms faster than any other product on his shelves. He saw it as a market boom for him and requested that more campaigns on the use of condom be carried out in the community.

WHAT WAS THE SITUATION BEFORE THE CHANGE?
There was no single HIV/AIDS intervention program in Agwa community before our intervention. The community experienced several cases of death; young girls were fast becoming mothers, almost all the young girls 15 year above either have had a baby or have committed abortion at one time or the other. Many of them were dropping out of schools because of the burden of caring for their babies. Sometimes their parents stopped them from school because they assumed that the aim of sending them to school has been defeated as they return home with pregnancies. The young boys as well were trapped with the issue of caring for pregnancies until the girl gives birth.
Overall, the problem generated to loss of family value systems, many Christian families could not withstand the shame of facing the Priest or Pastors in the congregation to explain the shameless behaviour of their wards or children.

Many of these cases were left to the traditional rulers to handle and sometimes to the religious congregations; we identified serious gaps in the ways the traditional rulers were handling these problems. Moreover, as the required attitudinal changes are eluding the community, we taught that serious social mobilization for behavioural change is imminent. In addition, this change will have to be propagated by us as concerned indigenes of the community. Although resources to pursue the programmes were very scarce, yet we were dogged and resilient in achieving our set objectives.

FOLLOW UP

We recommend following up on these activities in the post primary schools.
1. Training of Peer Health Educators.
2. Formation of Anti AIDS clubs in the five post primary schools.
3. Refresher training for all the teachers.
4. Continuation of teaching HIV/AIDS in all the selected primary schools for the next school term of three months.

OBJECTIVES
The objectives include.
1. To promote accurate information on sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS to young people in order to promote behaviour change for safer lifestyle.
2. To promote the use of peer approach in life skill building among young rural people on HIV/AIDS education.
3. To build the capacity of members of staff and members of the anti-AIDS clubs, especially girl children and young female adults in the five post primary schools in Agwa.
4. To improve gender relationships and rations in clubs through mixed team sports and creation of gender awareness within clubs.

RATIONALE FOR EMPOWERMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE WITH AIDS INFORMATION.
Empowerment in this discussion means giving young girls and boys the ability to negotiate safer sex practices and take responsibility for their behaviour.
In 2003, the national sentinel survey indicates that.
1 The HIV/AIDS infection was more common in young people aged 14-25 years.
2 Young girls were a high-risk group.
3 Unemployment was high in the rural areas; the young girls were forced into illegal and harmful practices such as prostitution in order to earn a living.
4 Young girls were forced into marriages more often than older infected persons.
5 Young girls were good educators of their fellow youth and consequently learning was faster.

Based on the above and the fact that no anti-AIDS program had been carried in the Agwa community, the need to empower the young people to adequately protect them against infection is very important.

METHODOLOGIES/ACTIVITIES;
The methodologies to be used in facilitating the learning of life skills include skill practice, discussion panels, focused debates, brainstorming, role-playing, 10 minutes drama by the group, case studies and games. Other activities include intensive capacity building trainings for young people.

EXPECTED OUT COMES:
1 Young people will be more assertive and will take leadership roles in the management of anti AIDS clubs.
2 The number of teenage pregnancies will drop in schools.
3 Girls will now be able to report sexual abuse to school authorities or even the local chief and security agents.
4 Young people will know their rights and appreciate the value of education unlike before when they were forced into marriages.
5 Young people will be able to notice risky behaviors and outside the school environment.
6 Boys are sensitized by girls on their rights.
7 Girls will develop decision-making skills.

EXPENDITURE

CHISTRE received the sum of Three Mullion, Five Hundred and Seventy Seven Thousand, Eight Hundred and Seventy Five Naira only from Irish AIDS.
We also received another grant of Ten thousand United State of American dollars from IKU Sweden, which we converted to One Million, Two hundred and Seventy Thousand Naira only at the rate of One hundred and twenty seven naira per 1USD.
The management of CHISTRE also approved counter-part fund of One Million, Ninety Eight Thousand, Four hundred and Ninety Five Naira only.
The total fund expended on the project amounted to Five Million, Nine Hundred and Forty Six Thousand, Three hundred and Seventy naira only.

All the activities proposed in the concept paper were successfully carried out.
CHISTRE did not propose to inaugurate the project, but due the fact that the project was the first of its kind in the rural community of Agwa,and by extension in the entire Oguta local Government Area, we therefore decided to bring together all stakeholders including the schools to inform them about the project, as well as to draw media attentions to the rural community of Agwa.
The inauguration witnessed massive turn out of people both from the community and outside the community.However; it had serious cost implication, which made the management of CHISTRE to supplement the cost.

EXPENDITURE JUSTIFICATIONS

To the best of our knowledge, the project funds were reasonable spent, and the project has affected immensely the life of the people of Agwa community. It has elicited several discussions on other health matters of the people within and outside Agwa.

LESSONS LEARNT
Several lessons were learnt during the project planning and implementations.
Although, we discovered that the community had several constraints to successful program implementations such as.
Culture: On some certain days in the week, the community life is active while on other days it is very dull, as many people prefer to go to their farm works. As far as the community is concerned there is only four days in a week, they are .EKE, ORIE, AFOR AND NKWO; days are counted like this for ordinary community person in the village.
However, in the schools, teachers work from Monday to Friday. Many of the teachers take off days within the working week to attend to their farm work.
Almost no schools have learning facilities, such as library, chairs, tables and even staff rooms. Students come with their chairs from home. Many of the students trek about 3kms before they get to their schools on a daily basis. As far as the community is concerned, the other ordinary day important to the people is Sunday. The people are very religious, and mostly Catholics.
Sex education is a new concept in Agwa community, there was a great debate even amongst the teachers that sex education should not be allowed in the schools for them, they said it will corrupt the young children. Many parents did not also allow that their children participate in the sex education class. That was a very big challenge during the program implementation in the schools.However; we embarked on house-to-house education of many families about sex education before some of the parents allowed their children to be part of the classes.
Some of the teachers did not even know what HIV/AIDS stands for before the training. They were at par with some of the students; therefore, we had to send more CHISTRE staff in those schools where the teachers were not in grasp of the HIV/AIDS issues to supervise the lessons.
Another serious lesson learnt was the translation of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in local languages.But, we were very careful not to give it a name that would not be so scary. We called it OBIRINA-AJA OCHA (It ends in red sand)
.
Gender: Another serious lesson was the inferiority complex of some of the girls to partake in the discussion of sex in the classes. We noticed that some of those who do not even want to talk about sex in the classes are prone to more sexual harassments. Many of the girls prefer not to mention parts of the sexual organs; instead, they begin to laugh when they are asked about it. We also discovered that boys are freer to talk about sex than girls and this is a very problem because, it allowed the boys to dominate the discussions and share more experiences than the girls, even when girls are more vulnerable to sexual harassments and to STD and HIV/AIDS;

Poverty: Poverty is a major cause of many deaths in the community. We came across a family that could not even afford N20.to buy a pain killer tablet. The said family could not even borrow from their neighbours or friends to buy a tablet. They therefore resorted to prayers and the use of herbs. Some students serve in beer parlours after school in other to raise money to pay their school fees. In some cases, some men approach them for other sexual services at a fee they cannot resist. Widows are denied access to the community social services; some of them take risky behaviors to survive and to cater to their families.
Timing: Time was severely adjusted due to the fact that many of the participants and students could not arrived as scheduled. We learnt that ‘African Time is very common in Agwa.African time implies that people do not attend programs at the exact time scheduled, they attend program 2-3 hours late, even when the ground rule said that we should respect time, yet it was not observed.

RECOMMENDATIONS;

We seriously recommend a follow –up as suggested in this report (see follow-up).
We also recommend other programs to address other issues like.
1. Poverty reduction program.
2. Women Empowerment
3. Information Technology development in the communities.
4. Youth Empowerment.
5. Income generating activities for families affected by HIV/AIDS.
6. Sustainability of HIV/AIDS prevention programs in the schools, churches and market places.
7. Educational programs to enable children and young boys embrace education.
8. We also recommend the establishment of a Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT)centre.

The Agwa community has no social amenities and these impacts on the social life of the people. There is no recreational centre, no good hospital, no pipe borne water, no electricity, no paved road. The people are in the dark.
The schools are very dirty, without qualified teachers. There is no equipment in the schools and sometimes teachers are owed for many months. Many of the young girls are mothers even at the age of 16 or above. An idle mind they say is the devil's workshop. The young boys are taking to crime because they have no means of livelihood.The situation requires urgent attention.

PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Dear Nduka,

Beautiful!!! Now let's go out there and build a VCCT centre for Mgbala Agwa!!! We need you to be active every step of the way! I am still working on the application to EMpower, and I will let you know when it's finished! But what a wonderful job you did with CTY!!! You have really made a difference in the lives of young people in your community and the population as a whole! Kudos to all of MAYF and CHISTRE for a JOB WELL DONE!!!
Sincerely,
Phil FAC

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Dear Phil,
Thank you very much for those kind words.I will try my best to follow up with you in this assignment.
Regards
Nduka

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Hello Nduka,

Should you need any technical help in making this project a success. I would be more than willing to help you out.

In the area of providing Computer/Internet Training

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Hello Abayomi,
Thank you very much for your interest.I will surely get back to you on that,meanwhile,Phil what else can Abayomi do for us here.
Nduka

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Dear Abayomi,

If you like you can help us apply for grants from some of the organizations in our existing list that Brian put together... Get back with me if this interests you, and I will get you started... As you may know, I just applied to EMpower in New York City with poor results, as they are no longer considering Nigeria... Too bad... But maybe next year they will change their minds, the girl told me... Anyway, thanks for coming on board and feel free to look over our web pages...

Sincerely,

Phil Costa
Facilitator

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Hello Nduka,

As I sat down racking my brains (what little there is left of it, i.e.!), as to how best I can help your village, it suddenly occured to me, that there exists someone within my network of contacts, who could do a great deal for you. He is Mr. M.O.Mensah, a senior citizen here, who owns a medical laboratory and does research work on HIV/AIDS, too.

He has a herbal tonic, which helps strengthen the immune system of people living with HIV/AIDS. it is not a cure, but those who take it, certainly regain their strength and vitality, in the most dramatic fashion! And I have seen a few of them with my own eyes, Nduka. This is M.O.'s telephone number, if you want to speak to him, Nduka: 233 244 840715. As it is an MTM number, you will pay your local rates! Mention me to him.

In any case, he is the friendliest and most generous-spirited human being, you will ever come across! I hope baby Favour is well - as is her dear Mama (and Papa, of course!)

Warmest regards,
Kofi.

PS You can contact me by email at: peakofithompson@yahoo.co.uk. my telephone number is: 233 27 745 3109. It is not an MTM number - so be careful! My Skype ID is: Kofi.Thompson. If you give me advance notice, we could set up a computer to computer Skype call - which, as you know, is absolutely free!

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Hello Mgbala Agwa Neighbours,

Earlier this morning, I was pleasantly surprised, to recieve an email, with Christmas greetings, and some particularly useful information about developmental issues, of interest to students of Africa, from the facilitator of Mgbala Agwa village, Philip Costa.

I am taking advantage of the opportunity, which this unexpected seasonal olive branch from Phil represents, to return here briefly, to wish all the neighbours of Mgbala Agwa village, both on the ground in Imo State-Nigeria itself, and online worldwide; a very happy Christmas - and hope that the coming year will be one in which you will have many, many, positive outcomes, for your marvellous and worthy project.

I am also posting a copy of a message I sent to Phillip earlier this morning, to thank him for his email to me - so you can all see what a magnanimous gentleman he is: for putting the unfortunate misunderstanding over the famous herbal tonic, behind us!

He will confirm, if asked by any of you, I believe, that his email to me, is much too long, to reproduce here - otherwise, I would have happily posted that too, beside my Nabuur.com message box missive to him: which I am now posting here: so that all of you can share it, too. Best wishes to you all - and stay blessed!

Warmest regards,
Kofi.

This is the reply to Phil's email to me earlier today, mentioned above:

"Hello Philip,

Many thanks for the link - it was kind of you to send it.

I am a lttle wary of sending out emails at the moment, but as it is impolite not to acknowledge emails from people who take the trouble to contact one, I thought I'd say thank you, by sending you this message.

I have a great deal of respect for both you and Nduka (as I do all our neighbours - and the rest of humankind, generally!), and regret that I felt compelled to leave Mgbala Agwa village - so that I did not become a distraction.

Mr. M. O. Mensah is a very special human being - apart from the many good causes he supports, over the years, he has helped educate hundreds of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

I have known him for over thirty years, and it hurt me that something so useful, which he gives to the needy free of charge (and which I have taken regularly for the best part of my adult life!), had become the subject of controversy.

Still, I am glad we can put it behind us - and you and the caring Nduka, can get on with the good work you are doing, without my disruptive influence.

Happy Christmas to you and your family (especially Scottie!) and I hope the coming year will be a very good one for you. Thank you once again for your email.

Best wishes,
Kofi."

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Hello Mgbala Agwa Neighbors,

Are you familiar with the Yahoo Group "AIDS-Africa"? If not, I suggest all interested parties join this group because they provide day to day updates on resources, studies, etc, related to AIDS/HIV and Family Planning across Africa.

I received the email below from them describing an initiative that provides preservice education for individuals who work with family planning and HIV/AIDS education. Please take a moment to look at the site to determine how it may be used in the Mgbala Agwa project.

- - - - - - - - - - - -

Here is the message:

"The Capacity Project's Global Alliance for Preservice Education (GAPS) online Community of Practice is now up and running!

We encourage your active participation in this important initiative to address the gaps in preservice education, with a particular focus on family planning. Your input will directly inform improved processes for teaching to core competencies in family planning.

Registering takes less than five minutes. Please simply follow this

link: [url=http://my.ibpinitiative.org/public/gap/]Capacity Project's Global Alliance for Preservice Education[/url] and then register to join, or login, in the top right corner of the screen.

We hope that you would also forward this email and weblink to any other interested parties in your country or organization that are stakeholders in Family Planning, Preservice Education and/or both."

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

I hope this helps with our endeavors.

:-) Brenda

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Dear Brenda,

Thanks for that great posting... I was not aware there was a Yahoo Group devoted to AIDS in Africa... I will go there as soon as I finish this reply...

You are right that proper Family Planning education would help stem the tide of AIDS in Africa, including Nigeria... As you may know, our Local Representative, Nduka Ozor, has a yearly program for the public schools entitled "Catch Them Young" (CTY)... The whole program is described in a previous post in this thread... I'm not sure if he incorporates Family Planning education in this program, but as you point out, he should... Would you like to work with him on a proposal for Family Planning education for upcoming CTY programs??? Please reply when you can... To the rest of the neighbours: Can we have some discussion about Brenda's great idea??? Hope to hear from you soon...

Sincerely,

Phil
FAC

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Hello Phil,

I trust that both you and Scottie are well? Brenda's idea is absolutely brilliant - and you ar right to suggest it be developed, further!

And in the meantime, perhaps you could also get in touch with your contact at the Abuja secretariat, of the body responsible for funding HIV/AIDS programmes, of civil society groups countrywide, in Nigeria - to find out if they would be willing to fund such an initiative.

Perhaps the existing programme could then be tweaked (if that is feasible, that is!)- to enable it to be presented to Abuja? And it might also be a good idea for Nduka to present the same proposal to the Australian High Commission (their Small Activities Scheme, [SAS])in Abuja, too!

Take care, Phil - and regards to Nduka: as well as all the other neighbours of Mgbala Agwa (both on the ground there in Nigeria, and online, at wwww.nabuur.com)!

Best wishes,
Kofi.

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I am asking from the Slovenian friend that she help us find some contact from their country who may partner with us in our various HIV/AIDS project. I have included the two emails here. Thank you very much , Dear Nduka it took some time for me to get back to you. I have tried again with the Global Fund and i am attaching thair reply suggesting that you follow closely theri new call for proposals, starting 1 March. Additionally, I have asked our platform of NGOs in Slovenia whether they can check for possible partnership with you. I will have to get back to you on that. Let me know, what you think! Regards, (Embedded Urška Potočnik image moved to file: pic31153.gif) EU2008 Sektor za mednarodno razvojno sodelovanje in humanitarno pomoč Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve Republika Slovenija Division for International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Slovenia T: +386 1 478 12 55 |F: +386 1 478 21 44 ----- Forwarded by Urška Potočnik/MZZ/GOV on 01.02.2008 10:56 ----- "Katja Roll" To 31.01.2008 16:56 cc Subject RE: request from Nigerian NGO Dear Ms. Potocinik, Thank you for your message. The colleague from the "Centre for HIV/AIDS and STD Research" is indeed right in explaining that often not all sub-proposals are and can be included in the country proposal to the Global Fund. Unfortunately it will be difficult to track why the CCM did not answer to the questions. I will pass the question to my colleagues in our country-operations department. However, the best advice to Mr. Ozor is to get involved in the forthcoming round of proposals which will be called for on March 1st. Another reference point would be to getting in touch with the organization "Friends of the Global Fund Africa" which is based in Nigeria (http://www.friends-africa.org/contact.html). "Friends" do provide information on the proposal process and they surely are in contact with the CCM. Kind regards, Katja -----Original Message----- From: Urska.Potocnik@gov.si [mailto:Urska.Potocnik@gov.si] Sent: 31 January 2008 12:04 To: Katja Roll Subject: Fw: request from Nigerian NGO Dear Mrs Roll, following your kind answer to the request of Nigerian NGO I have received another answer from their side stating that they get no reply from Nigerian CCM. Is there still something we can do about that? Best regards, (Embedded Urška Potočnik image moved to file: pic39341.gif) EU2008 Sektor za mednarodno razvojno sodelovanje in humanitarno pomoč Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve Republika Slovenija Division for International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Slovenia T: +386 1 478 12 55 |F: +386 1 478 21 44 ----- Forwarded by Urška Potočnik/MZZ/GOV on 31.01.2008 12:05 ----- CHISTRE To Urska.Potocnik@gov.si 23.01.2008 09:23 cc Subject Please respond to Re: Fw: request from Nigerian NGO chistre@yahoo.com Dear Urska, Thank you very much for your letter.The GFATM,works through what they call the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) ,this means that all NGOs will forward its proposal to the CCM in each country.I have done this at several RFPs.but unfortunately no body got back to me. I am attaching the same proposal here for your perusal. Further to your assistance,you may help us to contact some organizations in your country that may wish to partner with us.You can see from the proposal that,we are addressing the most critical group of our rural community. Kind Regards Nduka Ozor Urska.Potocnik@gov.si wrote: Dear Nduka, the reason for forwarding your email to GFATM is that Slovenia has no embassy or any programmes in Nigeria so therefore we can't help throgh that. But we are participating in GFATM so this is the only way I can help you. Can you explain why you couldn't get any feedback from the fund and I can forward the email again with a request for clarification? Best regards, (Embedded UrÅ¡ka Potočnik image moved to file: pic36922.gif) EU2008 Sektor za mednarodno razvojno sodelovanje in humanitarno pomoč Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve Republika Slovenija Division for International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Slovenia T: +386 1 478 12 55 |F: +386 1 478 21 44 CHISTRE m> To Urska.Potocnik@gov.si 22.01.2008 13:54 cc Subject Please respond to Re: Fw: request from Nigerian NGO chistre@yahoo.com Dear Urska, I am over joyed by your extra steps to assist us in accessing funds.Your kind letter to Global Fund described your kind efforts.I am so happy and appreciate your efforts.Unfortunately,the CCM is one system that we could not be able to describe how it works here.We have submitted several proposal to the GF here in Nigeria,and we could not even get an acknowledgment. I just hope that you will further extend this concerns to your Nigerian office to help us.Irish Aid has funded us sometimes and they can testify as the efforts of our organisation to meeting our proposed activities. I will forward the proposal to you when it is completed and hope that you will help us facilitate it within your embassy in Nigeria. Once more thank you very much for your concerens. Best Regards Nduka Ozor Urska.Potocnik@gov.si wrote: Dear Mr Nduka Ozor, after receiving your email, I have asked the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to give information how you can benefit from their funds in Nigeria. I am herewith forwarding their reply and hope it will be useful for you. With very best regards, (Embedded Ur¹ka Potoènik image moved to file: pic08642.gif) EU2008 Sektor za mednarodno razvojno sodelovanje in humanitarno pomoè Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve Republika Slovenija Division for International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Slovenia T: +386 1 478 12 55 |F: +386 1 478 21 44 ----- Forwarded by Ur¹ka Potoènik/MZZ/GOV on 22.01.2008 11:21 ----- "Katja Roll" obalFund.org> To 22.01.2008 11:18 cc "Silvia Ferazzi" Subject request from Nigerian NGO Dear Ms. Potocnik, My name is Katja Roll and I am working with Ms. Silvia Ferazzi in the Global Fund's Donor Relations Team. Please find below some information that explains how civil society organizations that provide health services on provincial or local level can access Global Fund grant support through country coordinating mechanisms. The Nigerian CCM: Under following link you can find a summary of the constitution of the Nigerian CCM. www.theglobalfund.org/en/files/apply/mechanisms/Nigeria_CCMConstitution.pdf The Grant process and its key actors: Organizations with a local, regional or/and target group specific focus (e.g. services for children, youth, women or other especially vulnerable groups) can be included in country proposals as "sub-recipient". In order to be included in the Global Fund Grant Process these actors need to submit sub-proposals to be included in the overall country proposal. The overall proposal for one country needs to be submitted through a so-called Country Coordinating Mechanism. Country Coordinating Mechanisms include representatives from both the public and private sectors, including governments, multilateral or bilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, private businesses and people living with the diseases. For each grant, the Country Coordinating Mechanism nominates one or a few public or private organizations to serve as Principal Recipient. This entity is the central=principal recipient of the Global Fund grant support and distributes/channels the financial resources to a network of sub recipients. The next opportunity: The next opportunity to getting involved in the grant application process will be the call for the Global Fund's 8th Funding Round. The global call for Round 8 will be launched on March 1st 2008. To support strong and effective proposals the Global Fund will publish Proposal Guidelines and workshops will be held in many African countries. Following the call for proposals Country Coordinating Mechanisms are expected to facilitate a process of sub-proposals. Regional and local service providers (as the Centre For HIV/AIDS and STD Research) would have the opportunity to hand in a sub-proposal for inclusion in Nigaria's overall country proposals. All proposals will have to be handed in to the Global Fund's Secretariat by 12 noon on 1 July 2008. Global Fund Grant support in Nigeria: In Nigeria the Global Fund is currently financing 7 health programs, among which four are HIV/AIDS-programs. The principal recipients for the HIV/AIDS grants are: For the three Round 1 grants: - The National Action Committee on AIDS of the Federal Government of Nigeria - The Yakubu Gowon Center for National Unity and International Cooperation - The National Action Committee on AIDS of the Federal Government of Nigeria For the Round 5 grant: - The Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) - National Action Committee on AIDS, (the Presidency) - Society for Family Health The contact details of the CCM-Members can be found at: http://www.theglobalfund.org/programs/keycontacts.aspx?countryid=NGA〈=en We hope that this information is helpful. Please do not hesitate contacting us, should you have any further questions. Kind regards, Katja Katja Roll| Campaign Officer| The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Chemin de Blandonnet 8|1214 Vernier/Geneva |Switzerland Phone +41 (0) 22 791 8261 Fax + 41 (0) 22 791 1701 katja.roll@theglobalfund.org From: Urska.Potocnik@gov.si [mailto:Urska.Potocnik@gov.si] Sent: lundi, 21. janvier 2008 09:34 To: Silvia Ferazzi Subject: Fw: Embassy Grant Dear Silvia, i am herewith forwarding an email I have received. Is there any way to help? Thank you for your answer, regards Ur¹ka Potoènik ----- Forwarded by Ur¹ka Potoènik/MZZ/GOV on 21.01.2008 09:36 ----- Dear Sir, My name is Nduka ozor.I am an HIV/AIDS activist in Nigeria.I work in the rural areas where the burden of HIV is increasing on daily basis unchecked.I work with a team of young volunteers from my community.Our little efforts are not producing the desired behavioural change to reduce the spread of the virus. The local government authorities are not doing anything to assist and they are not even interested. The most worrisome is what women who are infected pass through in this rural community.Women are just over marginalized,and they face lots of domestic violence.I am sure we can do something,but just to meet the right partners to work with. Many of the Government officials are still in denial of the virus. I want to enquiry if your Embassy run small project grant that we can apply,please provide me with the necessary application forms if you do. I am looking forward to your kind response. Best Regards Nduka Ozor Nduka ozor Project Director Centre For HIV/AIDS and STD Research 21 Warehouse Road Apapa Lagos Nigeria +234 1 2708937,+234 8035719595 chistre@yahoo.com www.chistre.org CHISTRE wrote: Dear Dr.Akudo, My name is Nduka ozor,Project Director Centre for HIV/AIDS and STD Research (CHISTRE).I cy oalled you this morning on your cell phone in respect of the Global Fund.My organisation has submitted funding proposal several times to the Nigerian CCM,but till date they did not even acknwoledge receipt nonetheless funding us. It was during our search for international collaborators that Ms. Potocinik of the Division for International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance Ministrf Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia directed us to you through her contacts with the GFATM.(Please see copy of the letter hereunder) We have mapped 40 primary and post primary schools in Imo state Nigeria for a HIV/AIDS in-school program.These schools are yet to have any formal education or information on HIV/AIDS,making them vulnerable to the virus. I am therefore contacting you for assistance to secure funding from the GFATM to implement the project.I will be very glad to forward the proposal to you if you request me to do so. I am looking forward to your reply at your aerliest convinence. 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Hello,
Please forgive me.It looks like am getting lazy,this afternoon,I called Dr.Akudo of the friends Africa initiative.www.friends-africa.org
I was directed to her by a friend in slovenia who is worried that my organisation is not getting funding supports inspite of the huge work we are doing.She suggested that I contact Dr.Akudo on how we could get supports from the Global Fund.Dr.Akudo gave me her personal email to send to her the details of our organisation.
Dr. Akudo did not make a promise but she will certainly profer an idea.
For your perusal I am also attaching my previous communications with the Slovenia friend,and do also hope that you guys will make them an email as well in the same respect.
I am asking from the Slovenian friend that she help us find some contact from their country who may partner with us in our various HIV/AIDS project.

I have included the two emails here.
Thank you very much

,
Dear Nduka
it took some time for me to get back to you. I have tried again with
the
Global Fund and i am attaching thair reply suggesting that you follow
closely theri new call for proposals, starting 1 March.

Additionally, I have asked our platform of NGOs in Slovenia whether
they
can check for possible partnership with you. I will have to get back to
you
on that.

Let me know, what you think!

Regards,

(Embedded Urška Potočnik
image moved
to file:
pic31153.gif)
EU2008

Sektor za mednarodno razvojno
sodelovanje in humanitarno pomoč
Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve
Republika Slovenija

Division for International
Development Cooperation and
Humanitarian Assistance
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Republic of Slovenia
T: +386 1 478 12 55 |F: +386 1
478 21 44

----- Forwarded by Urška Potočnik/MZZ/GOV on 01.02.2008 10:56 -----

"Katja Roll"

obalFund.org>
To

31.01.2008 16:56
cc

Subject
RE: request from Nigerian NGO

Dear Ms. Potocinik,

Thank you for your message. The colleague from the "Centre for HIV/AIDS
and
STD Research" is indeed right in explaining that often not all
sub-proposals are and can be included in the country proposal to the
Global
Fund. Unfortunately it will be difficult to track why the CCM did not
answer to the questions. I will pass the question to my colleagues in
our
country-operations department. However, the best advice to Mr. Ozor is
to
get involved in the forthcoming round of proposals which will be called
for
on March 1st. Another reference point would be to getting in touch with
the
organization "Friends of the Global Fund Africa" which is based in
Nigeria
(http://www.friends-africa.org/contact.html). "Friends" do provide
information on the proposal process and they surely are in contact with
the
CCM.

Kind regards, Katja

-----Original Message-----
From: Urska.Potocnik@gov.si [mailto:Urska.Potocnik@gov.si]
Sent: 31 January 2008 12:04
To: Katja Roll
Subject: Fw: request from Nigerian NGO

Dear Mrs Roll,

following your kind answer to the request of Nigerian NGO I have
received
another answer from their side stating that they get no reply from
Nigerian
CCM. Is there still something we can do about that?

Best regards,

(Embedded Urška Potočnik
image moved
to file:
pic39341.gif)
EU2008

Sektor za mednarodno razvojno
sodelovanje in humanitarno pomoč
Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve
Republika Slovenija

Division for International
Development Cooperation and
Humanitarian Assistance
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Republic of Slovenia
T: +386 1 478 12 55 |F: +386 1
478 21 44

----- Forwarded by Urška Potočnik/MZZ/GOV on 31.01.2008 12:05 -----

CHISTRE
m>
To
Urska.Potocnik@gov.si
23.01.2008 09:23
cc

Subject
Please respond to Re: Fw: request from Nigerian
NGO
chistre@yahoo.com

Dear Urska,
Thank you very much for your letter.The GFATM,works through what they
call
the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) ,this means that all NGOs will
forward its proposal to the CCM in each country.I have done this at
several
RFPs.but unfortunately no body got back to me.
I am attaching the same proposal here for your perusal.
Further to your assistance,you may help us to contact some
organizations in
your country that may wish to partner with us.You can see from the
proposal
that,we are addressing the most critical group of our rural community.
Kind Regards
Nduka Ozor

Urska.Potocnik@gov.si wrote:
Dear Nduka,

the reason for forwarding your email to GFATM is that Slovenia has no
embassy or any programmes in Nigeria so therefore we can't help throgh
that. But we are participating in GFATM so this is the only way I can
help
you. Can you explain why you couldn't get any feedback from the fund
and I
can forward the email again with a request for clarification?

Best regards,

(Embedded Urška Potočnik
image moved
to file:
pic36922.gif)
EU2008

Sektor za mednarodno razvojno
sodelovanje in humanitarno pomoč
Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve
Republika Slovenija

Division for International
Development Cooperation and
Humanitarian Assistance
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Republic of Slovenia
T: +386 1 478 12 55 |F: +386 1
478 21 44

CHISTRE

m> To
Urska.Potocnik@gov.si
22.01.2008 13:54 cc

Subject
Please respond to Re: Fw: request from Nigerian NGO
chistre@yahoo.com

Dear Urska,
I am over joyed by your extra steps to assist us in accessing
funds.Your
kind letter to Global Fund described your kind efforts.I am so happy
and
appreciate your efforts.Unfortunately,the CCM is one system that we
could
not be able to describe how it works here.We have submitted several
proposal to the GF here in Nigeria,and we could not even get an
acknowledgment.
I just hope that you will further extend this concerns to your
Nigerian
office to help us.Irish Aid has funded us sometimes and they can
testify
as
the efforts of our organisation to meeting our proposed activities.
I will forward the proposal to you when it is completed and hope that
you
will help us facilitate it within your embassy in Nigeria.
Once more thank you very much for your concerens.
Best Regards
Nduka Ozor

Urska.Potocnik@gov.si wrote:

Dear Mr Nduka Ozor,

after receiving your email, I have asked the Global Fund To Fight
AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria to give information how you can benefit from
their
funds in Nigeria. I am herewith forwarding their reply and hope it
will be
useful for you.

With very best regards,

(Embedded Ur¹ka Potoènik
image moved
to file:
pic08642.gif)
EU2008

Sektor za mednarodno razvojno
sodelovanje in humanitarno pomoè
Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve
Republika Slovenija

Division for International
Development Cooperation and
Humanitarian Assistance
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Republic of Slovenia
T: +386 1 478 12 55 |F: +386 1
478 21 44

----- Forwarded by Ur¹ka Potoènik/MZZ/GOV on 22.01.2008 11:21
-----

"Katja Roll"
obalFund.org> To

22.01.2008 11:18 cc
"Silvia Ferazzi"

Subject
request from Nigerian NGO

Dear Ms. Potocnik,

My name is Katja Roll and I am working with Ms. Silvia Ferazzi in the
Global Fund's Donor Relations Team. Please find below some information
that
explains how civil society organizations that provide health services
on
provincial or local level can access Global Fund grant support through
country coordinating mechanisms.

The Nigerian CCM:
Under following link you can find a summary of the constitution of the
Nigerian CCM.

www.theglobalfund.org/en/files/apply/mechanisms/Nigeria_CCMConstitution....

The Grant process and its key actors:
Organizations with a local, regional or/and target group specific
focus
(e.g. services for children, youth, women or other especially
vulnerable
groups) can be included in country proposals as "sub-recipient". In
order
to be included in the Global Fund Grant Process these actors need to
submit
sub-proposals to be included in the overall country proposal.
The overall proposal for one country needs to be submitted through a
so-called Country Coordinating Mechanism. Country Coordinating
Mechanisms
include representatives from both the public and private sectors,
including
governments, multilateral or bilateral agencies, non-governmental
organizations, academic institutions, private businesses and people
living
with the diseases. For each grant, the Country Coordinating Mechanism
nominates one or a few public or private organizations to serve as
Principal Recipient. This entity is the central=principal recipient of
the
Global Fund grant support and distributes/channels the financial
resources
to a network of sub recipients.

The next opportunity:
The next opportunity to getting involved in the grant application
process
will be the call for the Global Fund's 8th Funding Round. The global
call
for Round 8 will be launched on March 1st 2008. To support strong and
effective proposals the Global Fund will publish Proposal Guidelines
and
workshops will be held in many African countries. Following the call
for
proposals Country Coordinating Mechanisms are expected to facilitate a
process of sub-proposals. Regional and local service providers (as the
Centre For HIV/AIDS and STD Research) would have the opportunity to
hand
in
a sub-proposal for inclusion in Nigaria's overall country proposals.
All
proposals will have to be handed in to the Global Fund's Secretariat
by 12
noon on 1 July 2008.

Global Fund Grant support in Nigeria:
In Nigeria the Global Fund is currently financing 7 health programs,
among
which four are HIV/AIDS-programs. The principal recipients for the
HIV/AIDS
grants are:
For the three Round 1 grants:
- The National Action Committee on AIDS of the Federal Government of
Nigeria
- The Yakubu Gowon Center for National Unity and International
Cooperation

- The National Action Committee on AIDS of the Federal Government of
Nigeria
For the Round 5 grant:
- The Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH)
- National Action Committee on AIDS, (the Presidency)
- Society for Family Health

The contact details of the CCM-Members can be found at:

http://www.theglobalfund.org/programs/keycontacts.aspx?countryid=NGA〈=en

We hope that this information is helpful. Please do not hesitate
contacting
us, should you have any further questions.

Kind regards,

Katja

Katja Roll| Campaign Officer|
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
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From: Urska.Potocnik@gov.si [mailto:Urska.Potocnik@gov.si]
Sent: lundi, 21. janvier 2008 09:34
To: Silvia Ferazzi
Subject: Fw: Embassy Grant

Dear Silvia,

i am herewith forwarding an email I have received. Is there any way to
help?

Thank you for your answer,

regards

Ur¹ka Potoènik

----- Forwarded by Ur¹ka Potoènik/MZZ/GOV on 21.01.2008 09:36
-----

Dear Sir,
My name is Nduka ozor.I am an HIV/AIDS activist in Nigeria.I work in
the
rural areas where the burden of HIV is increasing on daily basis
unchecked.I work with a team of young volunteers from my community.Our
little efforts are not producing the desired behavioural change to
reduce
the spread of the virus.
The local government authorities are not doing anything to assist and
they
are not even interested.
The most worrisome is what women who are infected pass through in this
rural community.Women are just over marginalized,and they face lots of
domestic violence.I am sure we can do something,but just to meet the
right
partners to work with.
Many of the Government officials are still in denial of the virus.
I want to enquiry if your Embassy run small project grant that we can
apply,please provide me with the necessary application forms if you
do.
I am looking forward to your kind response.
Best Regards
Nduka Ozor

Nduka ozor
Project Director
Centre For HIV/AIDS and STD Research
21 Warehouse Road Apapa
Lagos Nigeria
+234 1 2708937,+234 8035719595
chistre@yahoo.com
www.chistre.org

CHISTRE wrote:

Dear Dr.Akudo,
My name is Nduka ozor,Project Director Centre for HIV/AIDS and STD Research (CHISTRE).I cy oalled you this morning on your cell phone in respect of the Global Fund.My organisation has submitted funding proposal several times to the Nigerian CCM,but till date they did not even acknwoledge receipt nonetheless funding us.
It was during our search for international collaborators that Ms. Potocinik of the Division for International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance Ministrf Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia directed us to you through her contacts with the GFATM.(Please see copy of the letter hereunder)
We have mapped 40 primary and post primary schools in Imo state Nigeria for a HIV/AIDS in-school program.These schools are yet to have any formal education or information on HIV/AIDS,making them vulnerable to the virus.
I am therefore contacting you for assistance to secure funding from the GFATM to implement the project.I will be very glad to forward the proposal to you if you request me to do so.
I am looking forward to your reply at your aerliest convinence.
Sincerly Yours
Nduka ozor

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Dear Nduka,

Wow, you have not been lazy but very busy indeed... I'm sure Kofi and I would be glad to write a letter to your Slovenian friend voouching for your organizations!!! Is that Urska Potocnik??? Just out of curiosity, how did you come to get in touch with this person??? It certainly has panned out well, whatever the reason...

March 1, huh??? Well we have to get busy! I am posting another message about my results with NACA; we shouldn't forget about them, either!!! Congratulations on your dealings with Ms. Potocnik and talk to you again soon!!!

-- Phil

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Dear Nduka, Kofi, Brenda and all,

Here is the letter from the contact person at NACA... Nduka, is there a state SACA for Imo State and can we work with them??? The letter follows:

Dear Mr Costa,
Thanks for the mail. I cant tell exactly when our next
call advert will be out. What we are trying to do
right now is organize for some external consultants to
conduct an impact assessment on the first and second
HAF cycles so as to be able to cull some lessons that
will define the 3rd call advert.

All call adverts have a list of eligibility criteria
which change from time to time.

My advice is that you can engage with your State SACA
in the meantime.

Please not that award of grants under the national HAF
is merit driven and this is not a promissory note to
your organization.
Dipo
--- Phil Costa
wrote:

> Dear Oladipo Amusan,
>
> I am forwarding this message to you as the
> Relationship Manager for Civil Society to see if you
> can help Mr. Ozor, Mgbala Agwa and myself. When will
> the call for proposals take place for NACA in 2008
> and what do you think our chances are based on what
> you see in the enclosed attachments? Please write
> back at your earliest convenience. We are eager to
> put Mgbala Agwa "on the map" in terms of AIDS
> prevention, treatment and education.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Philip Costa
> Mgbala Agwa community volunteer
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Phil Costa
> To: niyiojuolape@yahoo.com
> Sent: Monday, January 28, 2008 8:35 AM
> Subject: Looking for contact person...
>
>
> Dear Niyi Ojuoloape,
>
> My name is Philip Costa and I am writing on behalf
> of Mr. Nduka Ozor, a community organizer in Mgbala
> Agwa village, Imo State, Nigeria. We are interested
> in building a VCCT center in our community for the
> testing, prevention and education of HIV/AIDS. Can
> you put us in touch with a contact person in NACA
> who could help us apply for grant money from your
> organization for this purpose? We are working with
> NABUUR.com, a Dutch organization that matches up
> volunteers like myself with needy people all over
> the Third World. I am enclosing a brochure from
> NABUUR that will give your organization some idea of
> what this fine agency represents. I am also
> enclosing an overview of the proposed VCCT project.
> Please write back at your earliest convenience or
> have a designated person write. My email address is
> philcosta@prodigy.net and Mr. Ozor's is
> ndukaoz@yahoo.com . I look forward to hearing from
> you and thank you for Dr. Osotimehan's stirring
> World AIDS Day message.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Philip Costa
> NABUUR.com neighbor and volunteer

Oladipo Amusan
Community Mobilization Specialist
National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (NACA)
Plot 823, Ralph Shodeinde Street
Central Area
Abuja
Tel: 09-4613709
GSM: 0802-361-6940, 0803-597-9452

By the way, Nduka, I thought of a simple name for your Widows Project -- "Second Chance"... You can add whatever you want to that to make it more relevant...

Also, I am showing the film at the local Refugees Center in Utica, NY on Wednesday, Feb 27 at noon hour... If they like it, they will make it part of the lecture series for the Center in the fall! Wish me luck!!!

-- Phil

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