Sunday, 19 February 2017
Spreading the Love of Valentine
SPECIAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH IN IGOSUN COMMUNITY IGOSUN, OJE,IBADAN .
The outreach kicked off by 2:00pm, with the delight of Igosun community members volunteers of the Dreams from the Slum Initiative (DFTS) were gladly received and ushered into the community hall. The Oyo state chapter coordinator, Ms. Omolara Akinade-Otun introduced the organization. In her introduction, Ms. Akinade-Otun welcomed the community Chief; Chief Oyeleke Oyekola, elders, teenage mothers and children to the outreach.
Group picture of volunteers with Chief and elders of Igosun, community at the valentine’s outreach
She stated that the outreach was an initiative of DFTS and further explained that the vision of the organization was to reach out to most vulnerable children living in remote and desolate community slums thereby making their dreams become a reality.
The breaking into sessions followed the opening and welcome address. The teenage mothers’ session was coordinated by Ms. Funmi Adeniyi while the children session was coordinated by Ms. Ife Waton. Other volunteers present at the outreach were assigned to either of the two groups.
Facilitators engaged the teenage mothers on personal hygiene, family planning and the need for a vocation.
GOOD PERSONAL HYGIENE
Ms. Funmi Adeniyi facilitated the discussion on good personal hygiene. She narrated that everyday personal hygiene is basically about washing hands, covering mouth when coughing and keeping clean. She mentioned that teenage mothers can only be good role model to their children by demonstrating good personal hygiene habits. She further said that keeping clean is an important part of staying healthy. She expressed that the simple act of washing hands before eating and after using the toilet has proven to be an effective tool for fighting germs and avoiding sickness.
Progressively, Ms. Adeniyi said that 68,000 children in Nigeria fewer than five years old die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. She concluded saying diarrhoea is the second largest killer of children in the country, after malaria and that teenage mother must adopt basic hygiene practices such as hand washing with soap at critical times and by doing so families can reduce diarrheal diseases in children by as much as 44%.
Ms. Funmi Adeniyi sensitizing teenage mothers on the importance of personal hygiene
Ms. Mariam Agbolagade led participants through discussion on nutrition. She explained that children be breastfed within one (1) hour of birth, exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months, and then breastfed until age 2 with age-appropriate nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods.
She mentioned that nutrition is critical to the future health, well-being and success of a child. She emphasized that a malnourished child is up to 10 times as likely to die from an easily preventable or treatable disease as a well-nourished child. Ms. Agboola Reiterated that teenage mothers should not encourage feeding their children with garri because the renowned grain has been reported to cause detriments to the eye like blindness, anemia, cough, among others.
After the brief educative talk on nutrition, Ms. Taiwo Afolabi energized the group so as to get teenage mothers moving and also to give them more enthusiasm.
Ms. Taiwo Afolabi and the group demonstrating energizers
Ms. Mary Taiwo facilitated the discussion on the need for family planning; child spacing specifically. She stressed that having smaller families allow parents to invest more in each child and that children with fewer siblings tend to stay in school longer than those with many siblings. She also mentioned that the use of family planning methods such as condoms helps prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
Generally, it was observed that virtually all the teenage mothers present at the outreach were without jobs or engagement. Teenage mothers were told that “a woman would earn her husband’s respect if he doesn’t have to be responsible financially for everything that she and the children needs”. She concluded saying that teenage mothers must be encouraged to learn a trade in order to be financially free.
Facilitators demonstrated to the children the importance of brushing and bathing, songs on hand washing were sung and various energizers were also introduced. The children energy and enthusiasm levels were increased with the help of games which encouraged team building; this also helped the children to perform specific tasks. Facilitators engaged children to be creative by providing them with painting materials. Children demonstrated competency by carrying out the tasks effectively.
Facilitated by Ms. Ife Watson, the children signifying to have brushed their mouths in the morning
Mr. Akinola Alalade gave the closing remarks; he expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the achievements of the outreach. The community leaders thanked the organization for organizing the outreach which was well informative, educative and the love shown to their community.
Ms. Shakirah Ggolagade enlightening the children on the importance of hand washing
Ms. Akinade-Otun and Ms. Jejeniwa showing love to children of Igosun community
DFTS volunteers sorting gifts for the children and teenage mothers
Presentation of gifts to teenage mothers