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Message from the Executive Director 

It is with a deep sense of reverence and gratitude to God Almighty that l presents the report of the activities of Youth Care Projects (YCP) for the year 2004 as well as the financial report for the period. RCCG Festac

We have in the period under review made tangible progress in building and consolidating our organizational structures as well as in developing progressive programmes for young people in and out of school and churches at both rural and urban communities to build their self-esteem, improve their life skills and their understanding of relationships and sexuality, in addition to the programmes that prevent HIV/AIDs/STIs, unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion. In the excitement of these noteworthy efforts, it is very easy to forget or loose sight of the need to use the opportunity such as this to reflect soberly on the overall project, take stock of the past, review the present and project into future with a view to identifying fresh challenges and indeed planning RCCG Lekkinew strategies for improving our organizational capacity to increase youth involvement in programmes that affect their sexual and reproductive health rights. 

In almost seven (7) years of her emergence, Youth Care Projects comfortably be said that to have come a long way as a youth focused community based non-governmental and non-profit organization. Since her inception in 1998, building youth leadership has been at the core of YCP’s mission.  

With a few committed and dedicated staff and volunteers, YCP operated from a small one room office apartment in the heart of Mushin, in Lagos State, from where it later moved to the Executive Director’s home where she provided YCP with an office space that also contained the resources/information and counseling center.  

Today at the risk of sounding immodest, YCP through her bold vision and hard work has continued to expand both Loform Housein structure and programmes. YCP is now occupying a comfortable office space as her headquarters equipped with all modern office facilities in Ikeja, Lagos State, in addition to two branch offices in Ondo State both in South West of Nigeria. Like the biblical parable, YCP has grown like mustard seed, having many branches and bearing numerous fruits.   

YCP successfully started and has continued to work and perform creditably well in the area of programming for one of the vulnerable and most difficult groups to reach with sexual and reproductive health information and services. 

Through hard work and creative programming, YCP enjoys and maintains tremendous support both financially and morally from the leadership of the Redeemed Christian Church of god (RCCG) in Lagos State. This support has lead to the training of 500 Youth Peer Health Educators and 140 Pastors, Counselors, Deacons, Deaconesses and youth leaders in five (5) parishes of the church in Lagos State on adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues. 

MafolukuDuring the period under review, YCP continued to make progress towards the realization of her goals. YCP partnership – building effort was rewarded when she entered into collaborative project with Akoko North West Local Government to promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights under aegis of the Center for Adolescent Information and development (CEFAID) in the area.   

CEFAID was conceived as a strategy or intervention for meeting the needs of young people in the Local Government area for information, education, guidance and counseling and services with regards to their sexual and reproductive health and rights in addition to empowering and increasing young people’s self – esteem and capacity to solve their own problems and improve their own and other people’s health.  

While YCP’s advantage in this partnership lies in her reach, in – depth knowledge of the situation of young people, especially those in difficult settings and her ability to respond in practical ways to young people’s pressing needs; Akoko North West Local Government provides the supportive environment by giving its fullest political commitment and by helping to mobilize resources including financial, material and logistic support to YCP to implement the project. 

This strategic partnership between YCP and Akoko North West Local Government for us represents a major break through for young people not only in Akoko North West Local Government area but for young people in other parts of the country. 

This is the first time in the annals of this nation that Local Government has decided to go beyond the rhetoric issues affecting young people to translate them into concrete reality by showing the political will to commit resources to improve the sexual and reproductive health of young people. Before now, the role of governments never went beyond legislation, enactment of laws and bills and honouring invitations to adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes. 

Today, CEFAID project represents a landmark victory for youths of Akoko North West Local Government after many years of sustained advocacy spearheaded by YCP and supported by young people themselves. 

YCP has so far reached 5,000 young people with sexual and reproductive health information through various workshops, conferences, seminars, educational sessions and film shows. 21,000 IEC promotional materials were also distributed during the period under review. 

It is for this reasons that we are proud of Akoko North West L. G. and the Executive Chairman, Chief L. M. Komolafe for blazing the trial in this unique partnership. The Partnership that works. As our record has shown, it is through adopting new and innovative strategic approaches and building effective partnership that the seemingly impossible can be achieved. 

 

Thanks, 

 

 

‘Nike Okurinmeta 

Executive Director