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IHVN, CBO Commission Skills Acquisition Center

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The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has collaborated with New Hope Agency (NHA), a community-based organization, to establish a center to teach tailoring to adolescents who are orphaned or vulnerable in Karshi, Abuja.

While commissioning the center, the Hakimi Karshi, Alhaji Ahmed Doka, thanked the organizations for the project to empower adolescents and out-of-school youths. “It is a very beautiful place. We appreciate it very well and thank God that this opportunity has been given to us. We are hoping to have a bigger area than this place and a wider scope so that the beneficiaries will increase because we need this type of project.”

More than 70 adolescents are to benefit from the center which is equipped with three sewing machines and instructors to mentor adolescents in batches till they are skilled enough to have their businesses.

imagesIHVN Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Program Lead, Mrs. Jummai Musa stated that the practical skills gained in the center will impact the lives of the adolescents and their families. “It will give them income generating activities of their choice and remove the cost of paying and transporting to a far distance to learn a skill.”

According to NHA Deputy National Coordinator, Mrs. Priscilla Nwachukwu , tailoring was chosen as the skill to focus on due to interaction with community members on their preferences. The community also contributed to the project by negotiating for an affordable space to rent for the center. “We met with the community and had a 50-50 agreement that they would give us a space where we would have a center to train our adolescents especially the girl child. We have volunteers that are here to make sure that they are monitored,” she said.

Two beneficiaries, Adama Umar Usman and Zainab Abubakar said they were happy to have access to the center. “I like tailoring. I’ll like to sew gowns for myself and for people and make some money,” Zainab said.

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