Speak Up Africa | Creating Awareness on the Prevention and Cure of Pneumonia

Pneumonia remains a significant threat to Nigerian children under 5. It is for this reason that we are a partnering with Speak Up Africa (USA) through a UNICEF/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to create awareness to primary care givers across Nigeria about the early warning signs of the disease and to seek professional care at the nearest primary health centre. Our first milestone was in the recruiting of the wife of The Nigerian President, Mrs. Buhari as the first Global Pneumonia Ambassador. She graciously agreed to film a public service announcement, which will be aired at the AU Summit in Ethiopia on the 31st of January 2016. After a landscape assessment, working with all the relevant stakeholders a robust communications campaign will be developed, launched and aired nationwide.

Supporting Healthy Environments | Market Clean Up | Six locations | Lagos State

Many of the local markets in Lagos State are plagued with the issue of poor sanitation as a result of the volume of the daily human activities The obvious waste within the markets is compounded by poor hygiene practices among its users, as well as limited access to a structured waste management system.  On December 3 and 10, 2015, IKEDC volunteers with support from Kasher team cleaned 6 markets (Aswani, Ilupeju, Alade, Jankara, Akowonjo, and Sabo – Ikorodu) as well as sensitized the traders on the importance of hygienic practices and clean environment. The project engaged LAWMA for the sensitization and PSP contractors for waste disposal. Over30,000 direct beneficiaries were reached. Almost 40 tonnes of waste was generated and properly disposed across the six markets.

WASH | Promoting Hygiene Practices in Ibafon Primary School

According to the latest estimates of the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP), 32% of the world’s population – 2.4 billion people – lack improved sanitation facilities, and 663 million people still use unimproved drinking water sources in 2015. To support the efforts to improve access to proper sanitation facilities, Sahara Foundation with support from Kasher installed sanitation facilities such; water supply and hand washing  bays, and instituted a health clubs that promote sanitation and hygiene education. The project currently serves over 300 students.

Phase 1 completed | Guidance and Counselling Centre, Karu Government Secondary School, Abuja

The importance of Guidance and Counselling in the school system is an imperative element to help address the challenge of violence, truancy, peer pressure and other challenges in the school system. Sahara Foundation with support from Kasher recognizes the need of standard guidance and counselling centres in secondary schools and thus have set up a standard state of the art G&C centre in Abuja. The project provides a conducive and healthy environment for students to access information. A trained counsellor is available at the centre through school hours to attend to the needs of the students. Also hosted in the centre is an updated library which the students can access. The centre serves about 5,000 students from 5 secondary schools within Abuja

Career Week | Eko Akete Senior Secondary School

Sahara Foundation with support from Kasher sponsored a career week project at Eko Akete Senior Secondary School. The project was designed to provide career guidance and school improvement, as well as to serve as a sustainable solution towards providing students with access to academic, career, and psycho-social support and resources when they need it, in a conducive environment. The project featured accomplished Nigerians in who spent time interacting with the students on the steps and principles they followed to achieve their dreams. Celebrities such as Kate Henshaw, Bez Idakula, Chioma Ajunwa and other top professionals from Sahara Group were with the students for two days, sharing tips on making a career choice, 218 students benefited from the project.

Combating Poverty through Vocational Training – Oshodi Vocational Centre (Supported by Sahara Foundation)

Vocational education is a neglected area in the Nigerian school system.  In a bid to start ensure students are given the opportunity to learning additional skills, Sahara Group partnered with Kasher to provide a state of the art Home Economics Lab in Oshodi vocational centre. The centre currently serves over 1000 pupils from 15 primary schools per week and registered adults within the community. Ultimately, the project provides opportunities for pupils and adults to gain culinary skills (cooking and baking) through the construction of a modern, fully equipped Home Economics laboratory for skills transfer. This will increase their future chances of financial stability. The project seeks to partner with Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) in 2016.

Bridging the Gap between classroom learning and work environment - Total Job Shadow, 2015

On November 15, 2015, the Kasher team with Total Nigeria Limited Volunteers engaged 30 students from Amuwo Odofin Senior High School, Imoye Secondary School and Dr. Lucas Memorial High School. The project was designed to increase career awareness among senior secondary school students, help model students' behaviour through mentorship, and re-enforce in the students the link between classroom learning and the workplace. The students were paired with staff of Total’s Blending Plant, Kirikiri, Apapa and worked with them for a full day. Apart from the exposure to a real work environment, the students were able to ask questions that will guide them in their career choices.

On April 23, Total Group in Nigeria comprising of the upstream and downstream sector commemorated world Malaria Day by distributing and hanging Long Lasting Insecticide Nets in 500 households in Ibafon community. The employees of Total Group in Nigeria, supported by community volunteers and carpenters hung the treated nets in the homes of 500 residents of Ibafon community giving preference to pregnant women and children under 5 years. Direct beneficiaries of the project are about 3,250. The intervention is part of Total’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

Ijora Day of Care

On April 30, Sahara Foundation with a team of employee cleaned up Ijora community with a focus on improving the health and environment of the community residents. The project also collaborated with the Lagos Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) which provided a social mobilization campaign via a road show, giving information on the importance of sanitation. In addition to cleaning the entire streets in the community, the exercise also included the clean-up of blocked drainages and gutters to prevent flooding. At the end of the project, Sahara Foundation donated sanitation tools such as rakes, rubber hand gloves, rubber boots, packers and brooms to the community

World Malaria Month

Malaria No More Nigeria, Africare and Youth Empowerment Development Initiative (YEDI) will be partnering to commemorate World Malaria Day. However, rather than focus on just on day, the three organizations will be championing activities around Malaria prevention all through the month of April. World Malaria Day is April 25 annually.

Malaria Free Campaign reaches more than 1million people on social media

Malaria No More wth support from Kasher's social media experts has reached 1,623,522 (mostly Nigerians) with information about Malaria prevention and treatment options through professionally captured and captioned images, documentaries and video skits using major platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.

Malaria Free Nigeria Campaign running for 2 year

In April 2014, Malaria No More in partnership with ExxonMobil and the Federal Ministry of Health launched its innovative NightWatch campaign as part of its 'Malaria Free Nigeria: Play Your Part' Campaign, which involves the use of celebrities to disseminate anti-malarial messages to help eradicate malaria in Nigeria. Malaria No More launched the Malaria Free Nigeria Campaign in April 2014, supporting the National Malaria Elimination Programme's efforts to raise awareness of the disease across the country. Malaria No More has ensured lifesaving messages are broadcast to encourage positive behavior to prevent and treat malaria. Looking to sustain its communications, Malaria No More will continue its traditional media communications while expanding its mobile and digital presence. Malaria No More will work with its mobile partner, Etisalat Nigeria to continue providing educative SMS messaging, while also moving from reach of digital media to active engagement. In April 2015, Malaria No More will award the first ever Malaria Reporting Award, increasing the profile of malaria reporting in Nigeria and providing incentives to media personnel to actively and acurately report about the disease.

Furthermore, Alere has committed to donating 800,000 free RDTs to the Nigeria programme in 2015. Malaria No More will work with Alere and local partners to ensure last-line delivery.

Kasher /Sahara Foundation recognised for their contribution to Education by Governor of Lagos State

On March 12, 2015, Kasher Consulting was awarded as a key contributor to education in Lagos State by the Executive Governor of Lagos State at the 2015 Breakfast Meeting with the Governor. Also nominated for the award is Kasher's key education projects partner, Sahara Foundation.

Principal Consultant facilitates at Lagos Business School/First Bank Sustainability Workshop for NGOs

On February 25, 2015, Principal Consultant, Adedayo Oluwole facilitated a session on Stakeholder Communication and Sustainability Reporting at a workshop attended by representatives from NGOs and private sector in Nigeria.

Innovative Scholarship Scheme for 10 primary school students from low income families

Sahara Foundation awarded scholarships to 10 less privileged pupils in Ibafon Primary School recently. The scholarships will cover the pupils' school levies, transportation, feeding, textbooks, and healthcare. These scholarships will cater for the needs of the selected pupils throughout their primary education. Kasher is managing the scholarship scheme.

Launch of Renovated and Equipped Vocation Centre, Sewing Lab in Government School in Oshodi, Lagos State

Kasher partnered with Sahara Foundation to upgrade a community vocational centre in Oshodi, Lagos State. The vocational centre has a fully refurbished clothing and textile lab with adequate sewing machines, weaving machines and other sewing accessories to provide quality vocational training for its students. The centre was launched in July 2014.

Launch of first Pilot of Modern Guidance & Counselling centre in Government School in Lagos State

A modern guidance & counselling centre has been set up in Eko Akete Grammar School, Lagos State and it was launched in August 2014. The centre is part of the CSR initiatives of Sahara Foundation. The centre has a library to provide the students with resources on career, social and educational development. It has some computers that are connected to the Internet to help the students to access materials online. The centre is powered entirely by solar power. It is managed by a trained professional counsellor.