Tuesday, 4 December 2018

KIR Foundation 6th Charity Fair

Annually, KIR Foundation organizes an End of Year Event. Also, this year, we are having the End of Year Event Together with the Graduation of 50 Trainees who participated in a one-month training program on Basic ICT Appreciation and Computer Maintenance and Hardware Repairs for the Niger Delta Youth Employment Pathways Program funded by PIND Foundation and implemented by KIR Foundation.

The objective of End of Year Event is to share the stories of how donations from our donors have transformed the lives of our beneficiaries in the fiscal year; create awareness of our programs to raise funding from more donors and organizations. Also, items produced by the beneficiaries of KIR Foundation during our Vocational training initiatives are displayed and sold, so that our beneficiaries are encouraged to be self-reliant. Furthermore, we raise funds through the sale of exhibition stands and organize a raffle draw to implement a specific project.

One of the major barriers to quality education in Nigeria is the lack of books. The proceeds from the KIR Foundation Annual Event 2018 will be used for ‘Hanging Bookshelf Reading Corner Campaign’ – KIR Foundation is setting up Reading Corners for the Underserved in (Rural and Public Schools, Prisons, Institutional Homes etc) through our Vision 2018 -2023 ‘Inspire Change Through Books Strategic Plan’, (500 books Quarterly, 2,000 Books yearly and 10,000 Books in 5 years), (Cost of each Bookshelf with 250 books, N100k, 2 Bookshelves will be donated each quarter).
We will be most grateful if you or your organization; could partner with KIR Foundation by contributing to the End of Year Event by investing in our ‘Hanging Bookshelf Reading Corner Campaign by sponsoring one Reading Corner or by paying for one of the items on the budget and / or donating gifts (branded souvenirs) for the raffle draw.

Venue: Techcreek Rivers State ICT centre, Airforce Road, Opp the pleasure park, Port Harcourt.
Date: 8th December 2018
Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00pm

We urge you to continue with us on this journey of transforming the lives of our beneficiaries who have not only increased in number, but have grown in their capacities and capabilities because of your sacrificial investment.


Monday, 22 October 2018

KEEPING IT REAL (KIR) FOUNDATION DIGITAL AND VOCATIONAL SKILLS TRAINING FOR YOUTHS WITH AND WITHOUT DISABILITIES IN THE NIGER DELTA


In response to the challenge posed by the very high rates of unemployment or underemployment in the Niger Delta, particularly amongst the youth population; Foundation For Partnership Initiative In The Niger Delta (PIND), a   Nigerian non-profit Foundation established in 2010, with funding support from Ford Foundation, started the implementation of the Niger Delta Youth Employment Pathways (NDYEP) Project in the last quarter of 2017. NDYEP will be implemented over two years in Abia, Akwa Ibom and Rivers States as pilot States.

With target sectors that include Agriculture, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Construction, the project seeks to map the ecosystem of skills development, analyse opportunities for employment creation and develop models of youth job readiness or workforce development that will provide disadvantaged young men and women in the Niger Delta the opportunity to secure sustainable jobs and enterprises. The approach is to make this happen is through innovative and quality training that prepare participants with market-relevant skills and linkages.

To achieve its objectives, PIND working in collaboration with its partners and stakeholders has designed specific interventions targeted at

  • Building Skills for the Construction Sector
  • Strengthening ICT Ecosystem
  • Bright Future Grant
  • Agric-Innovation Challenge
  • Jumpstarting Aquaculture Enterprise skills


Keeping It Real (KIR)Foundation is fortunate to be one of the partner organizations working with PIND on the Bright Future Grant.  The focus of this grant is to run a training program for rural and/or disadvantaged youth to provide training on basic digital literacy or similar basic ICT training for job readiness and employability. Our main goal in this program as an organization is to provide vocational training (digital literacy, hardware repairs and maintenance and entrepreneurship) for 50 unemployed and disadvantaged youth with and without disabilities to enhance employability and provide a skilled foundation for job readiness.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

EMERGING SERVANT LEADERS







Martin Luther King J - “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

The focus of the 2018 Inclusive Young Leadership Academy was on Creating Positive Influence Through Servant Leadership. Some of the delegates and the winners of the Essay Competition gave us the following feedback;

Nelson Simeon Nkiinebari – A student of Community Secondary School, Nkpolu-Orowurokwo, Port-Harcourt and the Winner of the of The Inclusive YLA Essay Competition (‘The Difference I will Make As A Student Leader)
“I thank KIR Foundation for this privilege, I have benefitted a lot from the  Inclusive Young Leadership Academy, the program taught me about the importance of tolerance as a leader, because leaders get criticized and also applauded. Also, good leaders are visionaries and they inspire their followers to be greater than they are”.

While Christabel Emelle Onyiyechi – A student of Immanuel International college and the 1st Runner up of The Inclusive YLA Essay Competition (‘The Difference I will Make As A Student Leader); said,
“I am really excited that I participated in this programme because it has taught me the difference between a leader and an effective leader. Also, leadership is not all about taking control but inspiring people, I am grateful for what KIR Foundation has done”.

And, Promise Neka Leka - A student of Model Secondary School, GRA and the 2nd Runner up of The Inclusive YLA Essay Competition (‘The Difference I will Make As A Student Leader); said,
“I appreciate KIR Foundation for giving me the opportunity to be part of the YLA program, it has really brought out the best in me, and has taught me that being a leader without a goal is factious and the best form of leadership is servant leadership”.

On the 23rd of May, KIR Foundation hosted the 5th Annual Inclusive Young Leadership Academy which was attended by 95 new elected or nominated secondary school prefects and 23 teachers from 23 public, private and inclusive secondary schools in Port-Harcourt Rivers State. The objective of the Inclusive YLA is to build the leadership capacity of the students and to motivate the teachers to become a positive influence in the lives of the emerging leaders. 

The one-day leadership workshop was facilitated by; Nancy Iheduru, Enoh Ogbevire, Esther Nweje, Victor Briggs, Roland Kenneth and Michael Diala made presentations on the following topics respectively Servant Leadership, Effective Communication, Etiquette, Influencing the Next Generation as a Leader, Social Media, SDGs and Global Citizenship. Also, the students were divided into four tribes; Yoruba, Zulu, Izon and Ashanti so that they could interact, network, collaborate and forge new relationships.

‘Meet The Leader’ session was moderated by Mrs. Bitebo Gogo, the Executive Director of Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation with Mr. Barine Gbosi; the Special Guest of Honour on his leadership journey. Thereafter, there was a question and answer session.

The Inclusive YLA ended with an award ceremony for the winners of the essay competition.
Nelson Simeon Nkiinebari of Community Secondary School, Nkpolu-Orowurokwo, Port-Harcourt emerged the winner. Emelle Christabel Onyinyechi of Immanuel International School was the First Runner Up and Nummue Promise Leka of Model Secondary School, GRA was the Second Runner Up. KIR Foundation appreciates Cinfores Limited, TND Press,  ACCANigeria , Rotary GRA District 9140 Port - Harcourt, Red Chilli Catering services, Cobbs Engineering Limited, Denna Rossi, Rhythm 93.7 FM and Port Harcourt In Pictures, our facilitators, volunteers, interns and the entire KIR Foundation Team for supporting us to raise the next generation of servant leaders!

A BOOKSHELF FULL OF BOOKS WITH THE POWER TO CREATE A READING CULTURE!



KIR Foundation commemorated the World Book and Copyright Day on the 23rd of April 2018 by donating books and a Bookshelf to the Senior Secondary School Section of Community Secondary School (C.S.S) Abuloma . The Executive Director of KIR Foundation; Bitebo Gogo spoke to about 57 Senior Secondary School Students on the importance of reading books. She used the acronym; ‘CHANGE’, to emphasise her point.  CHANGE; C=Creativity; think about solving problems, H= Do your homework, A= Be actively engaged in achieving your dreams, N= Never be lazy, G= Get up early and work hard, E= Educate yourself by reading off and online. She encouraged the students to become lifelong learners, so that they can achieve their dreams, become successful in life and make a positive difference in the society.

In the month of June, team members from KIR Foundation went back to the school to conduct monitoring and evaluation on the above project and met with Joy Adebochi a Senior Secondary School 2 student who said;

“I say a very big thank you to KIR Foundation for the Bookshelf they donated to our school and for the insight that they shared with us on the WORLD BOOK and COPYRIGHT DAY 2018. I could relate to the acronym that was used on that day; ‘CHANGE’, which has really helped me; now, I allocate time for reading”.

While, Precious Douglas, another student of the school told the team that;
“The donation of the bookshelf and books have helped me and my fellow students to learn more and improve in our academics.

Also, Dr. Bede Nwosu, Principal of C.S.S Abuloma, thanked KIR Foundation and said; “When I made the first contact with the organization, I made a plea that the school needed a bookshelf because, before now, an organization came to donate books, but where to keep the books was a challenge. The only place to keep the books was on the floor in my office and when it rained, some of the books got damaged. I was surprised when a staff of KIR Foundation called me and informed me that the organization was coming to the school to donate a bookshelf. The donation of the bookshelf has really helped us to display our books and we have been encouraging students to borrow books after school to take home and when they come back the following day, they are required to explain to the teachers what they learnt from the books they read. This development has enabled us to encourage the habit of reading amongst our students. Thank you very much”.

The Easter Empowerment Project (TEEP) - Putting Opportunities in the Hands of Youth!

















George Dagogo Nathaniel -
 “The shoe making training is a life changing experience and practicalizing the skill has enabled me to venture into shoe making as a trade, and to teach others who desire to learn shoe making , I appreciate all the donors and also Keeping It Real Foundation for giving me this life long  opportunity”. 

The above statement by George Dagogo Nathaniel, a mobility challenged and disadvantaged youth who was among the 40 youth that participarted in the KIR Foundation TEEP is the reason why KIR Foundation organizes two sessions of skills acquisition and development project every year; one in April and another in August. TEEP commenced on the 4th of April and ended on the 20th of April. The participants were trained in the following skills; Shoemaking, Basic ICT, Social Media and Digital Marketing and Sign Language. KIR Foundation appreciates our facilitators who trained the participants; Shoe making by Collins Ajanatu, ICT by Ikechukwu Anaba and Victor Kamalu, Social Media and Digital Marketing by Victor Bella and Sign Language by Ohakwe  Onyediziri.

According to The World Bank; " Over 35 per cent of the estimated 201 million unemployed people today are youth (between the ages of 15 and 24).  Worldwide, the challenge is not only to create jobs but to ensure quality jobs for young people who are often underemployed, work in the informal economy, or engage in vulnerable employment. Today, two out of every five young people in the labour force are either working but poor or unemployed".
Youth Unemployment Rate in Nigeria on the average is about 21.31 percent. However, unemployment tends to be higher for people within the labour force that have post-secondary school qualifications (31.8% unemployment rate and 50.0% combined unemployment and under-employment in Q3 2017).

Quite a number of KIR Foundation youth beneficiaries are disadvantaged post-secondary school youth who want to attend tertiary institutions, but their parents cannot afford the cost and they are currently unemployed without any skills. KIR Foundation through our skills acquisition/development projects equip youth with relevant skills that are consistent with the needs of the labour market. Thus, enabling our beneficiaries to get employment or become self-employed so that they can further their education and become contributing members of the society. Research by World Bank has shown that; ‘Youth employment programs have shown positive effects on skills development, entrepreneurship, subsidized employment, and employment services for youth’. KIR Foundation with the support of donors has organized 40 Skills acquisition/ Development Projects since 2013.
 

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Holiday Empowerment Program (HEP)


Conrad Burns -

"Vocational education programs have made a real difference in the lives of countless young people nationwide; they build self-confidence and leadership skills by allowing students to utilize their unique gifts and talents".

Youth Unemployment Rate in Nigeria on the average is about 21.31 percent. However, unemployment tends to be higher for people within the labour force that have post-secondary school qualifications (31.8% unemployment rate and 50.0% combined unemployment and underemployment in Q3 2017).

Quite a number of KIR Foundation youth beneficiaries are disadvantaged post-secondary school youth who want to attend tertiary institutions, but their parents cannot afford the cost and they are currently unemployed without any skills.

KIR Foundation through our skills acquisition/development projects equip youth with relevant skills that are consistent with the needs of the labour market. Thus, enabling our beneficiaries to get employment or become self-employed so that they can further their education and become contributing members of the society.

Research by World Bank has shown that; ‘Youth employment programs have shown positive effects on skills development, entrepreneurship, subsidized employment, and employment services for youth’. KIR Foundation with the support of donors has organized 40 Skills acquisition/ Development Projects since 2013.

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Monday, 23 July 2018

KIR Foundation's 2nd Quarter Newsletter, 2018

Kindly find attached the KIR Foundation 2nd Quarter Newsletter 2018

Best regards always,

The KIR Foundation Team.