VCI Team Uganda paid an advocacy visit to the leaders of Butaleja District of Busolwe village.
The essence of the meeting was to introduce Viable Community Initiatives as well as OPOS (outcomes for life, Basic home practices and Open Space) with a view to train their community members on how to emacipate themselves from the economic and social challenges confronting them by using their indigenous resources as well as how to raise healthy families and children using OPOS methodology. vcinitiatives.org ... See MoreSee Less
Viable community initiative Nigeria was at Marere Community in Tudun wada L G. A. Of Kano State for OPOS sensitization.
The community members were trained on how to keep their environment clean with respect to sanitation. They were also taught about how to improve their economic fortunes via small and medium businesses that will not require large sums of capital.
Also, education which is key wasn't left behind as they were charged to ensure they have their children enrolled in school and also encouraged them to acquire vocational skills so as to have comparative advantage which will help them earn a living for themselves and families.
Worthy of mention is the fact that, they were all encouraged to help the vulnerable widows and orphans within their community using the available resources at their disposal for a better living.
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Today VCI Nigeria team stormed Dogo Nahauwa community, a very low income community located South of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria to facilitate OPOS training.
This training today became necessary and profound due to the massive massacre of hundreds of women, children and men that took place in 2010 that left the community ravaged and in ruined for loss of both human and material resources of unimaginable proportions. Widows and orphaned children were left stranded as how to carter for themselves.
Several years later, the community is yet to recover fully and find life very tough.
We were glad when an invitation was extended to us to share OPOS to the community by an EMS missionary who benefited immensely from the the OPOS training recently.
There unwavering determination to pick up life and resuscitate the available resources within their reach and make life worthwhile again after today's session left us speechless.
Below is the testimony from one of the organizers to us;
"Our profound gratitude to all VCI Nigeria and EMS Head office for your visit to Dyemburuk (Dogo Nahauwa). Indeed, your presence and presentation is the talk of the day in the community. It's very difficult for most people in the community to avail such kind of call. The host Rev. Jugu was just wondering how the people responded. To God be the glory!"
Such a testimony is heartwarming and emboldens us to do more even in the face of daunting challenges.
God will not do for us what man could and should do for himself. This is the hallmark of our motivation and passion to ensure that no community is left behind.
We will continue to shatter conformity while sparking transformations in our vulnerable communities across Nigeria and Africa at large. vcinitiatives.org ... See MoreSee Less
We have been facilitating OPOS(Outcome Practices and Open Space) trainings at Leng'ang'a community at Oldonyo Sambu Arusha DC.
The training focuses on basic home practices which are Sanitation, Nutrition, Healthcare, Education and Economic Security.
As always and in line with the core mandate of VCI, the training was all about helping community members to identify their area of weakness and as well as their strength but most importantly, allowing them to take personal and collective actionable decisions that will help them address those weaknesses by maximizing their strengths to improve themselves and also their communities. vcinitiatives.org ... See MoreSee Less
A seed of transformation has been planted today at Iriage village which is an industrial area of Gulu District after we introduced and shared Viable community Initiative ideology.
Worthy of note, is the fact that, the community is highly interested in self development and empowerment skills which fortunatly is one of the critical pillars and outcomes of Viable community Initiative program called OPOS (outcomes, practices and open space).
Together with the members of the community, we identified available resources that abound around them and with the power of combining energy, they can maximize these God given resources into tangibles that will help them build a better and rewarding life.
As a result of our interaction, the community members were motivated and charged to move into action and initiated a joint income generating activity and were ready to start immediately.
We can only hope that they sustain such momentum and scale up in the nearest future towards a robust and meaningful livelihood. vcinitiatives.org ... See MoreSee Less
The story of the widowers is said with a flinch of sadness as well as pity in the knowledge of what they are made to cope with especially of being the father and mother of their children in a resource constraint setting.
Therefore, it became evidently imperative to introduce the concept of Viable community Initiative and to them and it was warmly welcomed.
To imagine the enormous resources in their disposal was more than they had anticipated.
The question posed was; What if they were able to make their own detergents which they will then sell to their neighbours?
All they needed was the source of the tools for the trade which are readily available within them.
Frankly speaking, this new revelation heighten their morale and resolved to get to work. vcinitiatives.org ... See MoreSee Less