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Mercy Corps

this is an initiative created our of passion for volunteerism and self service to the needy. i reside in the northern part of Nigeria

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What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?

girl child illiteracy, sex education exposes a girl child not to scare but in order to keep them safe. as early as age 3, children should understand the parts of their body that are private and that its not okay for just anyone to touch them there. learning to listen to your children as a parent is also important. so we are encouraging the parent to have parental care and not neglect their children to learn from outsiders. to be more emotionally alerted as anyone molesting your child may threatening them with death if they tell there parents. we also use technology to do some eye opener, we propose a coding or computer operating session for girl child, we focus on girls child as they the easy prey to sex abuse, there we train them.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?

in the culture of the northerner in Nigeria, sex as become the thing you do not say or act in the public and however this affect them greatly, part of the culture also allow them to marry away their young daughter to man who has 2 wifes already and at a tender age when the girls is still growing and do not even have the physical development needed to carry the responsibility of marriage. it is difficult to remove all the wrong belief because is rooted in them, expect we go use religious leaders

Explain Your Idea

we have a wide converage of audience since our target is the girl child and the family she is coming from, so we need to have it in mind that the education as to be complete as if you education the girl and failed to education the parent you have cause a problem so we intend educating both the parent and the girl, on sex education, nutrition, personal hygiene, ict knowledge packages like Microsoft, programming, etc. so that with all this a girl child will have good worth of herself and do not think inferior, but know that she as a responsibility to do and ensure she does it, since she is the home builder, so it expected of her to know what is takes. from our partnership with some professional like dietetics, motivational speakers, social entrepreneurs, social workers, gynecologists etc. we will achieve all the listed objectives. our target is first to the schools (girl child and the teachers), and the religious centers (parent)

Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).

1. we intend to reach out to school, since that the place where we can get handful of girls in a organised way. 2. using of religious leaders; holding a symposium at the worship center addressing the parents since that where we can also get the parent to synthesizes them on the sex education for girl child 3. public gathering such as town meeting and public place like hospitals, entertainment centers etc.

How is your idea unique?

the ways we will achieve is unique as at first seek the state government permission and assistance in the publicity with introductory letter to all target audience. also we do not need much to achieve this as professional will be on volunteer basic and some youth will also be recruited, educated and will educate others, only with like passion also we have access to the scheme called National Youth Service Corps, where corps member can be mobilized to the cause and get different field of graduate that will ensure successful exercise

What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?

time frame is a concern because the availability of the government to give a quick approval and also to implement, time is every important as without quick approval we will not be able to carry out the exercise and our target are not always there, we need to target when they will be available. also as this is volunteerism and selfless service, getting those that will volunteer may be difficult so, i have said either time is need to assemble a passion like team who will ensure the success

Who are your end users?

1. girl child 2. parents 3. teachers (teach a teacher, you have teach thousand of students) 4. hospitals 5. tertiary institutions.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Nigeria

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Community at risk of disaster
  • Other

Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in

an ignorant community is at risk of disaster, we are to eradicate the ignorance and inform them and educate them so they can live right, and act right so the future generation do not get to replete the same mistake their father and mother did, as some parent are regretting their action now, but it is too late, and would not want their children to replete their error, but what will they do since they themselves do not know about the way out.

What is your organization's name?

proposed name for this is MERCY CORPS an NGO yet to be registered but currently running a business in called AVIK BUSINESS ENTERPRICE

Tell us more about you.

currently we are into National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) welfare we cater for their accommodation, transportation, social networking, ict training, business mentor-ship.

Organizational Characteristics

  • Youth-led organization

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • Still in planning phase and does not exist yet

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • Yes, for more than a year.

Organization Location

kano, nigeria

What is your organizational status?

  • Not formally registered but are a formal initiative through an accelerator, hub, or other entity.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Existing Prototype or Pilot: Tested a part of my solution with users and am iterating.

Website

avik.com.ng pictures of all my activities and experiences https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7XVaWRzYKRyemN2cFlGV3ZhMGs?usp=sharing

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Hi Tunde, can you share a little more about your early prototypes/pilot projects? What did you do? How many people were involved? What did you learn?

Looking forward to learning more!