In the months of January – February 2022, CLHEI as an organization made deliberate efforts to strengthen the strategic direction of the organization through round-table think-tank sessions to draft her Standard of Operating Procedure, Sustainable Interventions (5 years Strategic Plan) and presentation of the 2022 Workplan.
On this note, the roadmap for 2022 has been set and we are effectively running with it. Over the last 2 months, with funding from the People of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), CLHEI have delivered on the mandate to support Village Savings & Loans Associations with training for capacity development, technical support and matching grants in addition to the association’s revolving funds. Within this period, CLHEI have setup 60VSLA groups across 12 Communities in the 4LGAs (Agatu, Buruku, Guma & Kwande) of implementation in Benue State with 1013 total beneficiaries [180 Male (17.77%), 833 Female (82.23%)] as registered members so far. We have also disbursed 50,000 cash Matching Grant to each of the 60 VSLA Groups setup, after several monitoring visits to ascertain their dedication & commitment to the sustainability of the VSLA model in their communities. We are happy to see over 833 women in those communities actively participating & saving monies in the VSLA to boost their already existing businesses, start new businesses or primarily improve their livelihoods.
While this was ongoing, CLHEI with support from APIN Public Health Initiatives distributed ‘Starter Kits’ to 13 beneficiaries who were involved in Vocational Skills Training under the APIN iCARES Project currently implementing in Ushongo Local Government Area of Benue State.
Early in the month of February, CLHEI in collaboration with Selu Afrique Community Development Initiative for Women Empowerment with support from DRPC & Ford Foundation conducted a One-day Workshop on “SAFE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT DECLARATION” at Government Girls College, Wadata, Benue State with key stakeholders to outline strategies & commitments to strengthen the protection of schools, students & teachers in Benue State.
In rounding up the month of February, CLHEI began active engagements with the BENUE INEC to reinforce our already existing partnership, brainstorm and make recommendations to strengthen the electoral systems and build local capacity to deliver sustainable solutions in Benue State. As an organization, we are committed to support IDP’s Voter Education, right to participation & turnout ahead of the 2023 general elections in Benue State.
In this month of March, we’ll continue to build upon these platforms and chart a forward cause on our Climate Smart Agriculture Workplan for displaced populations as we look forward to meaningful synergies for the development of humanity.
Accept my Best Regards!
Dr. Helen Teghtegh
Executive Director, CLHEI