February 2014 Edition

LAPO Empowers 440,598 Women With Agric, Social, Health Services

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) reached 440,598 community members, majority of whom are women with Agriculture, health and social empowerment information and services in 2013 towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 
 

General Manager, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo who disclosed this while reviewing the performance of the organization during the year explained that 212,037 persons of the total number received direct services while the rest were reached through Information, Enlightenment and Communication materials.

 

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Princess Oronsaye, Others Win LAPO Outstanding Women Leadership Award

Princess (Mrs) Katherine Oronsaye, the founder of Oronsaye Orphanage has won the prestigiousLAPO Outstanding Women Leadership Award, 2013 alongside Mrs. Bawa Victoria Kuchume and Grace Idaehor Osakue.
 

Princess Oronsaye won under the Public Life Category while Mrs. Kuchume, the chief executive officer of Jinji Integrated Services Limited and Osakue, co-founder and coordinator of Girls Power Initiative (GPI) emerged winners under Business and Professional categories respectively.

 

 

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LAPO Improves Public Health, Screens 76,959 Women for Common Diseases

LAPO screened 76,959 women for common diseases such as HIV, malaria, blood pressure (BP), blood sugar, hepatitis and diabetes during the year 2013 towards promoting quality health and healthy living amongst community members.

 

General Manager, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo disclosed this while assessing the impact of the health programmes implement by the organization during the year, adding that a total of 145,511 persons were reached with health services across the country.      

 

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354 Clients Benefit From Agric Credit Guarantee Fund

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has granted 354 clients of LAPO a total rebate of two million naira for successfully repaying insured agricultural loans accessed from the microfinance bank under the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund (ACGSF).The Fund, managed by the Central Bank of Nigeria, guarantees credit facilities extended to farmers by LAPO and other banks up to 75% of the amount in default net of any security realized. 

 
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 LAPO Seeks Protection of Women's Rights

Women have been advised to confront and resist obnoxious socio-cultural practices, belief system, customs and traditions inhibiting their progress and enjoyment of good life.  

 

Addressing women during a legal sensitization programme in Benin City, the Manager of LAPO's Legal Aid Unit, Barr. Vera Asenoguan observed that a lot was yet to be done to improve and safeguard the rights of women, adding that no meaningful development can be attained in an atmosphere of injustice.

 

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LAPO Enlightens Women On Rights

LAPO enlightened 3,075 women on fundamental human rights in 2013 as well as defended the rights of 26 others who were unable to afford legal services.  

 

General Manager, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo who disclosed this recently, criticized the humiliating and barbaric treatment women are usually subjected, especially at the demise of their husbands, stressing that it was offensive and unconstitutional to subject women to any form of abuse under the guise of religious or customary practices. 

 

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2013 LAPO Performance Report At A Glance

PROGRAMMES

Male

Female

Total Reached

HEALTH SERVICES

Integration of Health with Microfinance Services

9,830

30,411

40,241

Health Screening (BP, BS, Hepatitis, HIV & Malaria)

16,167

 60,792

76,959

Malaria Control

World Malaria Day

214

470

684

Social Mobilization for Malaria Control

63

825

888

Reproductive Health & HIV/AIDS

 

 

 

World AIDS Day

187

195

382

Economic Empowerment

2

4

6

Workplace Policy on HIV/AIDS

2,376

3,024

5,400

Female Condom Promotion

8,147

10,060

18,207

Maternal & Child Health

 

 

 

Antenatal Care Sensitization

7

1580

1,587

Community Development Associations/Committee Training

13

3

16

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

 

 

 

World Water Day

116

361

477

World Toilet Day

86

167

253

Global Hand Washing Day

187

224

411

SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT

Integration of Social Education with Microfinance Services

7,377

25,840

33,217

Enterprise Development

290

731

1,021

Social Marketing

303

2255

2558

Adult Literacy

 

8

8

International Women's Day

170

448

618

Annual Development Forum

58

48

106

Outstanding Women Award

 

3

3

LEGAL AID

Legal Sensitization

628

2,447

3,075

Legal Aid Services

1

25

26

AGRICULTURE & FOOD SECURITY

Agricultural Extension Services

909

571

1,480

Agric. Credit Beneficiaries

 

 

24,414

Total Number Reached With Direct Services

47,131

140,492

212,037

Total Number Reached Via IEC Materials

228,561

                                                                                                      Grand Total

440,598

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