KIR Foundation NDYEP graduation

Group picture NDYEP graduation
PIND Foundation with support from Ford Foundation initiated the Niger Delta Youth Employment
Pathway programme. KIR Foundation as one of the 15 implementers of the programme, graduated
the first set of 50 trainees on the 8th of December 2018, among whom were Odinaka a deaf trainee
who was one of the best in the hardware repairs and maintenance skills training. Odinaka is
currently running a small hardware and software repairs and maintenance business in front of his
house. David, who was a security guard before he enrolled for the training, is now a supervisor and
social media personnel in a cold room company. Also, Bethel who was a fruit seller is now a teacher
at Dayspring Infant and Junior school.

PIND Foundation extended the programme for another 3 months and KIR Foundation had the
opportunity to train another set of 25 trainees. The 25 trainees graduated on the 29th of March 2019.
Lucky a mobility challenged youth was one of the outstanding trainees in hardware and software
repairs training. Lucky a father of 2 little girls who was previously unemployed is now an intern with
global law tech, a hardware and software repair and maintenance company.

The Niger Delta Youth Employment Pathway programme funded by PIND enabled KIR Foundation to run a disability inclusive training for 75 youth, in the following skills; (Basic ICT appreciation,
hardware repairs and maintenance, social media and digital marketing, basic coding and website
design and entrepreneurship. The facilitators were Ikechukwu Anaba, Micheal Lawrence, Andrew
Nkeruwem, Emmanuel Macdonald, Mina Tamunowari, and Victor Briggs. Thereby creating
employment opportunities and enabling the youth in the Niger Delta to have market-relevant skills.

On the 29 th of March 2019, during the graduation of the 25 trainees; 12 of the trainees were persons
with disabilities, comprising of 1 female and 11 males, 13 of them were without disabilities,
comprising of 6 females and 7 males.

Some of the trainees expressed their gratitude to the sponsors of the programme because of the skills that they had acquired and for helping them to become self-confident. Mr. Victor Briggs who was the facilitator on entrepreneurship during the programme and a member of KIR Foundation advisory board coordinated the event.
Trainees expressing gratitude -NDYEP graduation

Mr Ibifuro Asawo, the special adviser to the governor on ICT, gave the keynote address. He encouraged the trainees to use their newly acquired skills to become contributive and productive
members of the society, by harnessing the following traits, vision, focus, courage and perseverance all of which have enabled him to stay relevant in the ICT sector.
Ibifuro Asawo -NDYEP Graduation

The M.D of “DEVELOP U”, Mr Emeka Unachukwu, a special guest at the graduation ceremony,
reiterated the importance of young entrepreneurs in growing the economy. Furthermore, he advised the trainees to embrace entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and mentorship.

Emeka Unachukwu NDYEP Graduation
The four outstanding trainees for hardware and software maintenance and repair received business-
ready toolkits to enable them start their business, while the other 21 trainees were given the basic
tool kits and all the 25 trainees were awarded a certificate of participation.
KIR Foundation is very grateful to PIND Foundation and Ford Foundation for investing in the lives of the 75 trainees with and without disabilities, thereby providing them with opportunities to become employable.
Presentation of toolkit NDYEP graduation

See me not my disability

Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) constitute the highest minority group in the world, in Nigeria; they are over 28 million PWDs.

The exclusion of disability issues in most domestic policy frameworks in Nigeria is a major gap in including PWDs in developmental issues which runs against the United Nations 2030 Global Agenda of leaving no one behind.

As a disability inclusive organization, we have observed that PWDs are grossly marginalized and underserved and this has led to significant levels of generational poverty among PWDs and exclusion from socio-economic and developmental issues.

To promote awareness about Persons with Disabilities, the right of PWDs to be included in socio-economic and developmental issues, to promote The Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities Prohibition Act and to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

KIR Foundation runs the only disability inclusive Centre in Niger Delta. In 2013, in collaboration with the Niger Delta Coalition of Persons with Disabilities commemorated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the nine (9) Niger Delta States. And achievement awards were given to five (5) persons in River State. We have mainstreamed disability inclusion in TEDx Port-Harcourt, The Great Teacher Award in Rivers State and promote disability awareness by printing and sharing booklets and stickers.

The Easter Empowerment Programme (TEEP)

Easter Empowerment Programme

Keeping it Real Foundation invites persons from the ages of 12 - 20 to register for its annual Easter Empowerment Programme.

The programme features a host of interesting skills-acquisition training such as Information and Communication Technology training (which includes computer appreciation and introduction to Microsoft Office programs), Soap Making, Shoe Making as well as Sign Language training.

The training fees are N500 only for Shoe making, Soap making, and Sign language, whilst the ICT training is N5000 only.

It starts by April 1st, 2019. Register now to be part of the Programme.

Success Stories: NDYEP

David Daniel
 David Daniel enrolled in the training as a school dropout who was a public speaker by day and some security personnel by night. When he heard of the Niger Delta Youth Empowerment Project (NDYEP) Digital and Vocational skills training organized by KIR Foundation in partnership with PIND foundation, he seized the opportunity and enrolled in the training to acquire new skills. During the training, he showed special interest in Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship amongst other skills. At the end of the training, David made the bold decision to quit his job as a security personnel and applied for a job in a cold room company. He got the job as the supervisor of the company because of his newly acquired excellent Digital marketing skills; he introduced social media marketing to the business. According to David, this has increased sales in the company. Today, David is so happy that he is doing a job that requires him to think, interact with other people instead of working as security personnel where he was underemployed, David says because he was able to successfully complete the training; now he has the confidence to pursue other dreams!

Bethel Ajah
“I never taught I could get a better job until I finished university” these are the words of Bethel Ajah one of our NDYEP trainees. After finishing secondary school in 2017, Bethel assisted her mother in her petty trading business. Bethel heard about the NDYEP training from a friend and applied. While in the training, she learnt various skills, including Microsoft Office Suite. After the training, Bethel applied for a job as a teacher in a private and she was accepted because of her proficiency in Microsoft office suite. Bethel is so happy that from being a fruit seller, she is currently a school teacher; her story goes to show how projects like the NYEP program if properly implemented can indeed provide employment for the youth in the Niger Delta.
Solomon Tamkanbari

Solomon Tamkanbari is 25 years old and is from Khana L.G.A in Rivers State. He studied Environmental Health Technology at the Rivers State College of Health Science. After graduating from the college, he interned at Cerpmist Environmental Academy. He got tired of his job and desired to start up his own business with the intent of selling popcorn to school students. To advertise and grow his business, he needed experience in digital marketing and entrepreneurship both of which he lacked. He heard about the NDYEP training program, from one of our stakeholder partners, the River State Ministry of Youth Development, and applied. Solomon joined the November batch of the training, and was taught various skills including Digital Marketing and Social and Entrepreneurship. After the training, armed with his new skills; Solomon partnered with a friend to startup a Business Centre for phone repairs called DIGITECH MAX SOLUTION located at 30 Nsukka Street Mile 1, Diobu, Port-Harcourt. Thanks to the NDYEP project and with persistence and commitment to learn Solomon Tamkanbari is presently a business owner.

TGIIF Youth Hub: Youth Friday

This week's TGIIF was eventful as usual, there was a little twist of things, the anchor; Emmanuel Macdonald thrilled the audience with his rap.

The activities were divided into three sessions, the first session was dedicated to watching a comedy skit, the second session was a games session whilst the final session was all about rap.

The anchor, showed a funny video of a YouTuber, Ryan Higa rapping and doing a series of comedy skits. Afterwards, the games started, the boys played true or false, while the girls played “Name that thing” on Mariam-Webster online dictionary. The girls scored 3/10 while the boys scored 7/10 making them the winners of the’s games session.

following this, the rap session started. this was an opportunity for the youths to showcase their talents. Emmanuel set the ball rolling with the beat “Dark Rap Beat Instrumental” by Beast Inside Beats. Other participants like Saturday Preye, Lucky, and some others came out to display their talents. In the end, Atat, a cinematographer and Rebecca, the Programmes’ manager had a rap battle which was an enthralling one.

The Nigeria of my dreams: World Poetry day

World Poetry day - KIR Foundation

Where power corrupts, poetry cleanses
-          John F. Kennedy

KIR Foundation in partnership with Nmenisi Integrated Leadership Development Initiative (NILDI) Foundation organized the 5th Edition of the Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation World Poetry Day Competition, in four primary schools in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State;  State Primary school Amadi – Ama I, State Primary School Amadi – Ama II, State Primary school Azuabie and Eze Iche Akarolo Model Primary school Elekiah. We recieved 78 entries and the theme was ‘The Nigeria of my dreams’.
World Poetry day - KIR Foundation

Miss Wonderful Sunday, a Primary six pupil emerged as the winner of the 2019 KIR Foundation Poetry Competition. The three finalists received digital dictionaries donated by KIR Foundation. While, Wonderful Sunday and 2nd runner-up Mr. Solomon John Ibidaibo had the opportunity to read their poems live on radio at Silverbird Broadcasting 93.7 FM, the 1st runner-up; Miss Grace Esau recited her poem on television in the company of the Academy of Poets in Port Harcourt to commemorate World Poetry Day at Rivers State Television (RSTV). KIR Foundation has been collaborating with the Academy of Poets and Nigerian Authors Association in Port-Harcourt since 2015 to implement the World Poetry Day Competition.

The winners were very happy and proud of their achievement. Solomon said "I feel happy, it was a beautiful experience to share my poem about Nigeria because I don’t like the present situation of the country". 
Winner_World Poetry day - KIR Foundation
The World Poetry Day celebrated globally on the 21st of March is a day set aside to promote reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry. One of the main objectives of the day is to give voice to the voiceless. In the last five years, KIR Foundation has organized Poetry competitions in nine primary schools in Port Harcourt to promote an awareness and appreciation of Poetry and encourage a culture of reading.
World Poetry day - KIR Foundation

TGIIF Youth Hub: Mentorship Friday

TGIIF Youth Hub: Mentorship Friday

Every Friday,  KIR Foundation hosts a youth hub called TGIIF (Thank God It's Inspiration Friday). TGIIF is an all-inclusive learning and youth-oriented Hub targeted at Inspiring young individuals to make a positive change in their environs.

Emmanuel Macdonald anchored the event and it was a very entertaining and engaging one. 
He started with a question and answer session where he asked questions like; "what is your definition of mentorship?" and "who is a good mentor?"

TGIIF Youth Hub: Mentorship Friday

Destiny Idongesit, one of the participants replied thus: "A Mentor is someone who inspires people. Another participant named Daniel Aka said, "A mentor is a motivator".
TGIIF Youth Hub: Mentorship Friday

After defining mentorship, the anchor went further and gave examples of mentors and listed some examples of mentors and he gave the participants an opportunity to talk about their mentors and why they've chosen that mentor.

"Robert Kiyosaki is my mentor, his books gave me insight about business and money" says Donaldson Ebeta.

Mrs. Fransica who is a banker and makeup artist inspired Blessing Izuokwu to venture into the world of makeup and today Blessing is an established makeup artist.

Sunny Anderson who is a chef and food network personnel, changed the beliefs of Wisdom Macdonald. She taught him through her cooking shows that cooking isn't for women only and that men can also take pride in making exquisite delicacies. He wants to become a professional chef someday.
TGIIF Youth Hub: Mentorship Friday

His second mentor is Richard Templar who is the author of the "Rules Series". He also talked about how his favourite book "The Rule Of Life", taught him how to relate and better understand the people around him.

Divine Favour ended the session by summarizing everything he had learnt from the club. In his own words, mentors should be brave and be able to create leaders who can rise above them and take on the challenges of life.
TGIIF Youth Hub: Mentorship Friday

The anchor brought the event to a close by encouraging everyone to be a mentor and to get good mentors. A short comedy video was played to end the day on a lighter note.

Persons with disabilities deserve better

Persons with disablities deserve better
The president’s liaison officer Ita Enang on the 23rd of January declared the approval of the bill that criminalizes all forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities which has tarried in the national assembly for about 18 years but was transferred in December for the president’s approval.

The act prohibits all forms of discrimination against persons with disability. If an individual is found violating the law he/she will be subjected to pay a sum of N100, 000 or a serve jail term of six months. For corporate bodies, the law imposes a fine of N1, 000,000

Discrimination of persons with disabilities is prohibited in public transportation facilities and service provides are to make provision for the physically, visually and hearing impaired persons however challenged. This also applies to seaports, railways and airport facilities.

The right and privileges of persons with disability includes education, health care, priority in accommodation and emergencies.

All public organizations are to reserve at least five percent of employment opportunities for this class of people.

The act also gives persons with disability the right to file a lawsuit for damage against any defaulters.

Building structures are also inspected by relevant authorities to make sure that the plans conform with the building code such that provisions are made to ensure the ease of access for persons with disabilities.

An officer who approves or directs the approval of a building plan that contravenes the building code commits an offence and is liable on conviction, to a fine of at least N100, 000 or a term of two-years imprisonment.

In section 31 of the act, the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities was established as the regulating body for the Bill.

As at 2011, it was published that about 25 million Nigerians are living with disabilities. Persons with disabilities deserve equal treatment with those without disabilities.

It is important for us to see them as people that can add value to the nation. In order to bring about the change and development of the nation. Those living with disabilities should not be ignored in the society because they are a part of us.

This new bill hopes to reduce the challenges faced by persons with disabilities in the society, thus improving their chances of employment, being allowed to engage in sports and have quality medical care when needed.

The growth and development of our nation lies in our ability support each other and this bill only helps to facilitate the process.

Women Innovations: Creating a postive balance in the society

KIR Foundation World Women's Day
The Statement for International Women’s Day by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” clearly shows that a gender equal world, can be achieved with innovations by women and girls that proffer solutions to the needs of both men and women.

KIR Foundation in collaboration with Mrs Francisca Agho the founder of My Lady Carpenter, celebrate women and girls, their innovation and strengths with a HeForShe event at Community Secondary School Amadi Ama where 79 student gathered in attendance.

Mrs Francisca shared the story of how she translated from investment banking to Carpentry; a male dominant industry. She reiterated the value of education for women saying ` an investment in a woman to be the best will create a better balance in the world’. She went further to state that by innovation, persistence and quality service delivery, women can lead in any field of industry.

The executive director of KIR Foundation Mrs Bitebo Gogo in her speech encouraged the female students to change the narrative and create a good image for women. She emphasized that women have to earn their place in by making a positive change in the society. She did not leave the men out, but she admonished them not to see women as threats but as motivation and lend a helping hand.

The event ended with a recognition of one of the teachers who is a HeForShe hero, Mr Tamunomie Otonye. In addition, students regaled the guests with many questions and they shared their personal HeForShe stories.

Share a story: securing the future

World Book Day; KIR Foundation
As a result of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, IDP Camps have become a last resort to so many people and more than 56 per cent of the displaced are children who are forced to stop school and Nigeria is in danger of losing a whole generation in the north to illiteracy

According to the 2018 UNICEF Nigeria Humanitarian Situation Report, there are over 6 million children in need of education in the IDP camps in Nigeria.

Children at the IDP camps face many barriers to education like; lack of instructional materials, shortage of teachers and volunteers, hunger, exploitation, poor health care, sexual abuse and lack of infrastructure.
World Book Day-KIR Foundation

KIR Foundation believes that no child should be left behind in accessing quality education. 16 year old Aisha in St Theresa’s IDP camp in Yola, had difficulty in reading and spelling because she did not have access to books. Aisha with the support of our implementing partner (Mentor for African Development Initiative) can now read and spell and wants to be an Engineer. We believe that by giving books to teenagers like Aisha and the 745 beneficiaries in the IDP camps that we support, we can help them achieve their dreams. Therefore, no matter the circumstance, children should be provided with books; so that they can keep their dreams alive, succeed in getting an education and reach their fullest potentials.

To commemorate the World Book Day, KIR Foundation has collaborated with our implementing partner; Mentor for African Development Initiative to provide 586 books (Storybooks and Educational books) to St. Theresa’s IDP camp in Yola, Adamawa State and Daudu camp in Makurdi, Benue State. We believe we can inspire change in the children in the IDP camps through learning.