KICK HIV/AIDS OUT OF BENIN CITY

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KICK HIV/AIDS OUT OF BENIN CITY

Nigeria
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
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This project aims to use football to educate in-school adolescents in Benin City, Nigeria, about HIV/AIDS and thus reduce HIV transmission in the city. Activities to be carried out in implementing the project include formation of male and female football teams, project briefing meeting, peer education training, production and distribution of SBC materials, a football match, and intense media outreach. Both process and outcome indicators will be used to monitor and evaluate the project.

STRATEGIES
This project will be implemented over a one-year period and will consist of the following activities:

1. Formation of male and female football teams: In collaboration with the Edo State Ministry of Sports, DEAC will form two football teams, one male and one female. Team members will include students at the senior secondary school level in public secondary schools in Benin City, who are already very good in football players and are members of the state teams. There will be 18 students per team.

2. Project briefing meeting: Following the formation of the teams, a one-day briefing meeting will be held for the students to inform them about the purpose of the project and to agree on a project plan.

3. Peer education training: Members of the two football teams will be trained as peer educators on HIV/AIDS so they can educate other students about HIV/AIDS and persuade them to change their behavior. They will be trained to foster an open atmosphere that adults might not be able to create to increase HIV/AIDS awareness among fellow students. The training will focus on issues such as relationship building, abstinence, avoiding sexually transmitted infections, and cultural norms and values on virginity. There will be two cycles of training of five days each during the holidays.

4. Production and distribution of SBC materials: Information and other SBC materials carrying HIV/AIDS messages will be produced and distributed by the peer educators to fellow students, teachers and community members during the project to raise awareness and understanding of HIV and AIDS and to challenge people to take positive steps to protect themselves against the disease.

5. Football match: DEAC will organize a football match involving the male and female teams formed. All secondary schools in Benin City will be invited to the match as well as the chairmen of the three local government areas that make up Benin City. The commissioners for education, youth and sports development, health, women affairs and representatives of the state agency for AIDS, chairmen of the state house of assembly committee on health, education and sports, and other stakeholders will also be invited. All the sports materials to be used during the match, including the players’ kits, will be branded with HIV/AIDS messages. Special T-shirts with HIV/AIDS messages will be produced and given to special dignitaries so they can wear them to the football match.

Before the kick-off there will be some cultural/drama/variety presentations on HIV/AIDS by some students. The commissioner for health and commissioner for women affairs will present messages on HIV/AIDS to spectators before the match kick-off. Thereafter, the commissioner for sports will do the kick-off by kicking the ball out of play to signify how HIV and AIDS should be kicked out of Benin City and Edo State to the spectators.

Team members will distribute information packets and SBC materials on HIV/AIDS to spectators before the match and at half time. They will also hold discussions with individuals on HIV/AIDS prevention.

At the end of the match, team members will be given a supply of football equipment branded with HIV/AIDS messages to encourage them to continue with HIV/AIDS education. Also, a trophy will be presented to the winner of the match by the commissioner for education so that the competition can become an annual event that will attract more support with more schools participating in the future.

6. Intense media outreach: HIV/AIDS prevention messages will be transmitted through the radio and television media to create awareness about the football match and about HIV/AIDS. The football match will be transmitted through the local television stations for greater awareness and it will be widely reported in the newspapers. Some members of the two teams will be given opportunity to speak to the media on HIV/AIDS issues during the period.

7. Advocacy with policy makers: In order to increase support for the project and enhance ownership and sustainability, DEAC will carry out advocacy with policy makers in the state.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Edo State, located in the southern region of Nigeria, inhabits about 4 million people having Benin City as the capital. About 32.9% of the Edo State populations are young adults aged 10–24 years with male/female ratio of nearly 1:1. The state has some of the highest prevalence rates of HIV, commercial sex, international sex trafficking and prostitution in Nigeria. Although mainly one of the poorest and least industrialized states in Nigeria, the state has one of the highest levels of literacy of 70% compared 40% at the national level. Benin City, the capital of Edo State, is one of the ancient cities in West Africa with a current population of over one million inhabitants. It is shared among three local government areas (LGAs), namely, Egor, Oredo and Ikpoba-Okha LGAs. There are about 115 public and private secondary schools in the city. HIV prevalence in Benin City is about 5.7%. This project aims to reduce HIV infection and transmission through promotion of sexual abstinence among in-school adolescents aged 13–17 years in Benin City using football as a vehicle.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Organization of a football match between one male and one female team, both teams being made up of senior secondary school students, who will reach out to their peers with HIV/AIDS messages during a football match and during peer education sessions. Training football team members as peer educators for HIV/AIDS prevention among secondary school students.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We have successfully implemented several community-based projects in Edo State of Nigeria, which have led to improvements in the livelihoods of the people.
About You
Organization:
Development, Empowerment and Awareness Centre
Section 1: About You
First Name

James

Last Name

Falaiye

Website
Organization

Development, Empowerment and Awareness Centre

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Section 2: About Your Organization
Organization Name

Development, Empowerment and Awareness Centre

Organization Phone

234 802 9768649

Organization Address

Suite 39 Rocunio Apartment, Plot 1392 Abidjan Street, Zone 3, Wuse, Abuja, Nigeria

Organization Country

, CT

Your idea
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, CT

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Impact
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This project aims to use football to educate in-school adolescents in Benin City, Nigeria, about HIV/AIDS and thus reduce HIV transmission in the city. Activities to be carried out in implementing the project include formation of male and female football teams, project briefing meeting, peer education training, production and distribution of SBC materials, a football match, and intense media outreach. Both process and outcome indicators will be used to monitor and evaluate the project.

Results

The immediate and ultimate outcomes that the project intends to achieve include, but are not limited to the following:

• Increased awareness and knowledge about HIV and AIDS among secondary school students in Benin City
• Willingness of students to get involved in HIV/AIDS education
• Reduced rate of HIV infection and transmission among secondary school students in Benin City
• Increased capacity and meaningful participation of students in the fight against HIV/AIDS
• Improved networking among secondary school students on HIV/AIDS issues
• Establishment of an annual HIV/AIDS football tournament to be championed by the Edo State Ministries of Education and Sports
• Establishment of football as a means for promoting healthy living

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

Year 1: Acceptance and ownership by the State Ministries of Education and Sports
Year 2: Follow-up of activity by providing finacial support for the football match to continue
Year 3: Availability of funds to expand the project to other cities in Edo State and other states

What would prevent your project from being a success?

Poor publicity and poor admnisitration
Poor relationship and linkage with the relevant government ministries
Inconsistency in project implementation

How many people will your project serve annually?

More than 10,000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$50 - 100

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

In what country?

, CT

Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

Indomitable Youth Organization

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

Yes

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

All of our project activities are implemented with government ministries and local area councils because we always seek the permission and participation of government in order to create a conducive environment for our projects to succeed.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

Advocacy
Networking
Funding

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

We have been seeking a grant for this type of project but have not yet found a sponsor

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

I just conceived the idea of linking HIV/AIDS with football among secondary school students based on my experience working on youth and HIV/AIDS issues for more than ten years.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Email from Changemakers

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