Corporate Profile

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) is a non-governmental organisation committed to the social, health and economic empowerment of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria. LAPO was founded by Dr. Godwin Eseiwi Ehigiamusoe in 1987 while working as a Rural Cooperative Officer in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State. Over the years, the organisation has demonstrated uncommon commitment to poverty alleviation through the implementation of innovative credit and non-credit empowerment programmes targeting disadvantaged groups.

Vision

A healthy and informed society characterized by prosperity, justice and equity.

Our Mission

Promote health, rural development and social justice for sustainable livelihood, justice and equity among target groups.

Our Corporate Objectives

  • Promote access to basic and quality health care services through referrals and partnerships
  • Promote the culture of regular medical check-up for early detection of health conditions
  • Identify and redress gender discrimination among target beneficiaries
  • Improve the socio-economic and health conditions of women
  • Improve implementation of existing policies in target states
  • Research into social issues militating against sustainable development of targeted population
  • Create access of target population to relevant products at affordable rates

Our Values

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Innovation
  • Transparency

Embracing Opportunities in Nigeria

Nigeria is one of the world’s richly blessed and endowed Nation with abundant agricultural land, a vast array of oil and mineral deposits, and an entrepreneurial, energetic and enterprising population. It has a vibrant and youthful population with a growing body of capable civil society organisations. However, millions of Nigerians live under $1.25 daily, according to the United Nations. They lack access to basic health care and good education with women and children vulnerable to diseases and violence. Besides, the growing female population have inadequate access to financial services.
Now is the moment to redefine the Nigeria of the 21st century, leveraging the nation’s extraordinary human and natural resources for the common good and building a vibrant and healthy society. LAPO will wholeheartedly support visionary leaders and civil society organizations who are promoting this change initiative.

A History of Accomplishment

LAPO believes that poverty is not just an issue of lack of funds but more fundamentally a function of exclusion from life transforming opportunities like education and skills. Since 1987, LAPO has been working assiduously with government and critical stakeholders to change social structures, legislations, policies and practices in favour of women and disadvantaged groups. Our programmes address the root causes and manifestations of poverty such as poor health, economic powerlessness, discrimination, ignorance, poor nutrition, social exclusion and gender inequity. We also assist in the development of micro and small businesses through training on financial management. Over the years, we have empowered more than one million individuals in target communities with our services and we hope to do more in years to come.

Key Programmes

Social Development

LAPO addresses the non-credit causes and manifestations of poverty such as ignorance, illiteracy, too large family size, low self-esteem and inability to participate effectively in the informal sector of the economy. The organization creates enabling environment for women to achieve their potentials and build their capacity to resist and dismantle structures and processes that encourage injustice and discrimination against them. We organize forums where stakeholders, opinion leaders and members of the civil society meet regularly to dissect and address burning social issues.

Activities

  • Social Education and Microfinance integration programme for Micro-credit clients
  • Enterprise Development
  • Financial Literacy
  • Legal Aid
  • Outstanding Women Leadership Award

Health Empowerment Services

One of LAPO’s operating assumptions is that poverty, beyond the lack of funds, is reinforced by problems such as too large family size, malnutrition and disease. Time and money that would otherwise have been devoted to economically productive activities are often wasted on the treatment of preventable diseases. Health intervention has therefore always been one of our poverty alleviation strategies.

Activities

Health Education and Microfinance integration programme for Micro-credit clients
Health facility upgrade for increased uptake of maternal and child health services
Mobile clinic/ Village Health Outreaches
Health Screening services (Blood pressure, Blood Sugar, Malaria, HIV, Hepatitis, Genotype)
Community Health Insurance Scheme

Enterprise Development

LAPO improves the quality of life of rural dwellers through committed support for livelihood activities intended to energize the rural economy. The organization empowers rural farmers with affordable credit and savings products to enable them develop and expand their farm enterprises.   

Activities

  • Microcredit Support
  • Social product marketing

Social Change Advocacy
LAPO initiates and influences policies, laws and legislation to bring about positive changes in the lives of women and the marginalized in the society. We set development agenda and use the power of the media to give voice to the voiceless and the poor. At local and national levels, LAPO has created platforms where policy makers, members of the civil society, community and opinion leaders address social issues including poverty, health, education and social development.

Activities

  • Advocacy and Networking
  • LAPO Annual Development Forum
  • Media & Publication
  • Bridging-The-Gap (BTG) TV
  • LAPO -In-Focus Radio Programme

Other Activities

Mentoring of NGOs
The mentoring programme of LAPO was instituted in 2006 to support and build the capacity of young non-governmental/community-based organisations towards achieving their organizational vision. Activities under the programme include training, seminars, workshop and internship.

LAPO Quiz Competition
LAPO recognizes education as a potent weapon against poverty. The organization places high value on children education and has since 2006 been sponsoring the LAPO annual quiz competition for secondary schools in collaboration with the ministry of education.

Key Accomplishments (from January and September 2015)

  • Health programme beneficiaries: 181,529
  • Social programme beneficiaries: 68,756
  • Legal Aid Services: 2,602

Economic Empowerment:

  • LAPO Agricultural and Rural Development Initiative (LARDI) disbursement N1.5billion to 33,469 farmers

Programme Locations

  • Edo, Warri, Agbor, (Delta state), Enugu, Lagos 1, Lagos 11, Rivers, Ibadan and Abuja.

Partnership

  • Over the years we have worked with likeminded organisations to help achieve our set objectives. Our partners include:
  • Action Aid International Nigeria
  • World Bank HAF/Edo State Action Committee on HIV/AIDS (SACA)
  • Evangelischen Entwicklungsdienst (EED), Germany
  • European Union/MPP6
  • ARFH
  • Novib Netherlands
  • Cordaid, Netherlands
  • USAID/NECAIN
  • Oxfam/Society for Family Health (SFH)
  • Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in Niger Delta
  • Erbacher Foundation
  • Development and Peace, Canada
  • LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited

Location

Our corporate office is located in Benin City with several programme offices situated in target communities across the country. 

 

Partnership

We maintain strong relationship with local and international partners.

Fundings

LAPO accesses funds via services offered in partnership with development partners as well as services provided to LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited.