Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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Pigba Community Hosts Novelty Match for OVCs

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To promote the wellbeing of orphans and vulnerable children, the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has collaborated with Total Child Care Initiative (TCCI), a Community-Based Organization to organize a novelty match in Pigba Community in Apo, Abuja.

Adolescents from Pigba and Jikwoyi participated in the football match which took place at LEA Primary School in Pigba. Parents, guardians, community leaders and members, and well-wishers were also at the event to cheer the teams.

imagesIHVN Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Program Lead, Mrs. Jummai Musa said that the activity was to facilitate community caregiver support. “We try as much as possible to give psychosocial support to guardians and primary caregivers in communities as this will give them a sense of belonging. When parents and the community are not consciously involved in the affairs of vulnerable children, they are more prone to social vices. This outreach is also a way of creating awareness for the community leaders to see the need for support and eventually take ownership of the OVC program,” she said.

Earlier on, the District Head of Pigba, Chief Dogo Zakwoyi thanked IHVN and representatives from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for supporting the children in his community. He promised to be receptive to initiatives to develop his community.

Caregivers and adolescents have been empowered with several income generating skills. A caregiver, Mrs. Josephine Alex said that she has learned several skills to generate income for herself and her family. “Some of us now have better houses and it also helped with business expansion,” she said.

imagesAccording to TCCI Project Coordinator, Mr. Salifu King Nathaniel, the funding support received from IHVN has enabled them to support 23 caregivers and 53 adolescents in Pigba Community. “We offer services such as health talk, educational support for the children and provide skill acquisition and grants to caregivers to enable adequate support for the family.”

The event also featured cultural dances and a session on petroleum jelly production for the community women.

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