FULLNESS OF LIFE COUNSELING & DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE:
An Integrated Development Project providing enabling and empowering opportunities to women and youth. Working with compassion, consistency and passion to help children, youths and women to realize their dignity and reach their full potentials as human persons. Fullness of Life empowers Nigerian children, youths and women to realize their full potentials as individuals and as a group through information sharing, empowerment and the acquisition of life skills.o
HOPE FOR WIDOWS ASSOCIATION
-organizes and empowers widows to be self-reliant,
-Assist them to educate and liberate themselves and other women by organizing them into groups that will be a strong voice to speak against the plight of widowhood and women in Nigeria.
-Provides self-reliant project and cooperative farming to widows for sustenance
-Traditionally women who lose their husbands, no matter at what age are made to go through some dehumanizing practices. Widows are made to sit on bare floors, eat with their left hands, and remain without bath, for about eight days after the death of their spouses. in most cases the wife are accused of killing their husband, and she is made to go through some rituals or suffer some torture for the man’s death. She is made to drink water used to wash the body of her dead husband as a proof of her innocence,
-If she has no male child, her condition is worst. She could be denied of the heritage of her husband’s property and left with nothing to take of her children.
-In the course of our ministry with these women, especially in rural villages, we felt the need to help to eliminate some of these oppressive practices. We have tried to do this through programs of enlightenment and adult literacy. We work to empower these women, especially widows to liberate themselves, teaching them their rights and obligations and enabling them to regain their human dignity. It is for this that the HOPE FOR WIDOWS ASSOCIATION was conceived.
SACRED HEART COTTAGE INDUSTRY
The Sacred Heart Cottage Industry started as an attempt to give marketable skills to young women who are school dropouts, and who otherwise would end up either being trafficked, given to early marriage, or in prostitution. It is also an attempt to restore a dying trade in the village community of Atani Uromi.
As an integrated development project aimed at addressing the issues of poverty with its resultant effects, the cottage industry offers an enabling environment for growth, employment opportunities and marketable skills that will prepare the target population for meaningful life in the community. The industry comprises five departments. Some of the trainees are re-employed after their training and some are assisted to establish on their own. In addition to the skills both the trainees and workers are given instructions on home management, simple hygiene and leadership. The training is designed to last for two years and within these two years the trainees are expected to have acquired skills in at least two departments.
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As an integrated development project aimed at addressing the issues of poverty with its resultant effects, the cottage industry offers an enabling environment for growth, employment opportunities and marketable skills that will prepare the target population for meaningful life in the community. The industry comprises,. It also includes instruction in simple hygiene and health education.
SST SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME
This Scholarship Fund called SISTER SYLVIA THIBODEAUX SCHOLARSHIP FUND is established to assist indigent young girls go through high school. We believe that the best way to help our young women build up their dignity is to give them good education – formal and non-formal. This will liberate and empower them for the future. One preventive measure against trafficking is to encourage children, especially those in rural areas to go to school. We believe that when you educate a child you educate a village. Education will empower people to stand up for their rights and will give them the necessary tools to be positive contributors to their community and society at large. SST Scholarship Program is another way to provide opportunity to rural young girls for quality education – bedrock of empowerment.