Centre for Family Health Initiative: Youth received training and microloans to develop business ventures

Nigeria – GPA provided a $5000 grant to the Centre For Family Health Initive MICSEP program in July, 2015. The center worked with local organizations to identify 44 youth to participate in entrepreneurship training. 26 youth were chosen to receive $125 in loans to begin operations in baking, grinding foodstuffs and selling popcorn. As a condition of funding, all youth worked with mentors and had guarantors for repayment of funds. By August, 2016 25 youth had started viable businesses that supported their families basic needs and most had expanded operations to other, related ventures. 81% of all funds have been repaid and the program will use these funds to support another cohort of youth in 2017.

Ithohannonsose Charity Foundation (ICF): Training physically disabled youth shoe-making skills

Kenya – In December, 2014 GPA awarded $5000 to ICF to train 75 physically disabled and educationally disadvantaged youth in a remote Nigerian village. No government programs or assistance are offered to the physically disadvantaged and many must beg for sustenance. Youth were trained in shoe making, bead making, clothes and mat weaving.

GPA awarded a second grant in the amount of $10,000 in June, 2015 to develop organizational sustainability and expand ICF’s programs to the community.

Take a moment to view their training video and meet these incredible young social entrepreneurs!



CEADER: Dressmaking and tailoring program for former commercial sex workers living in slums

Nigeria – CEADER received $5000 grant from GPA to implement a skills training program for commerical sex workers in the slums of Nigeria.

Excerpt from CEADER final report to GPA dated November, 2013:

Participant Ebere Ofofe: “Ahh the training has done a lot in my life. I know that with it, I can train my own children, I can take care of myself.”

CEADER has successfully enrolled 12 youth girls for two 2 skills acquisition training programs,hair dressing and tailoring. Of the twelve project beneficiaries, 4 of them are sex workers who have shown uncommon commitment to securing a skill to help them live a more secure life. The trainees have remained very enthusiastic about their participation in the training and are already excitedly making plans for their transition to becoming economically independent once they complete the training. The sex workers have reported that they are no longer under desperate pressure to earn an income as they have already started receiving tips from customers (client) that they help serve in their different places of training. CEADER staff are especially delighted about the outcome of this project. The trainees’ excitement has been quite infectious and encouraging to CEADER staff.

Specifically, the implementation of this project has resulted in the establishment, for the first time in the target slum community, Ijora Badia, a group of youth girls who have committed to influencing other youths in entrepreneurship development. For the sex workers who are participating in the training who have shown unusual interest and ability to learn really fast, they keep reiterating the immense benefits to their future the training provides. There are obvious indications that this project will indeed contribute to combating the p prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Ijora Badiya with sex workers being economically empowered.

The project has helped foster a mutually beneficial relationship between trainers in the target community and the youth- it has awakened a consciousness of the economic deprivation suffered by youth as a result of lack of skills. People in the community had simply assumed that the youth were not interested in making anything of their lives. There is now a definite commitment to ensuring that opportunities are sought to ensure increased entrepreneurship opportunities for the poor youth in target community. We have come to the conclusion that this is a project that should be replicated in slums across the global south.

The trainers have also shown unprecedented commitment to ensuring that project objectives are achieved. On noticing that 2 friends who were enrolled in her salon were always chatting with one another and not paying much attention to the training, their trainer decided to separate them by transferring one of the 2 trainees as well as the fee paid by CEADER to a near by salon.
We thank GPA for supporting this project which has strengthened CEADER’s work with youth girls slums. We will certainly replicate this project in order slum and encourage other groups in Nigeria as well outside Nigeria to introduce similar project activities that especially target youth girls in poor slum communities because of their peculiar circumstances and challenges.

Okwango: Youth preserving the environment and building peace through agribusiness

Nigeria – GPA funded an agribusiness project in the Okwangwo villages of Nigeria.  63 youth were taught beekeeping, snail farming, cultivating fruit trees and farm development practices with the goal of reducing poverty, teaching entrepreneurship skills, microenterprise, conservation education, computer training and providing much needed food security.

“The project does not only provide opportunity for selected youth to generate income and manage this profitable enterprise but also contribute to the development of the target villages. Aside from beneficiaries, some person had short term employment as they were engage in construction of snail pens and bee hives. In addition, the grant proves to the management of CRNP that there is always alternative to every problem. A peace meeting was held and issue about use of resources in the park by youths was discussed and this grant showed a way to the park management to contribute to the development of enclave villages”  Louis Nkonyu, Director

“On behalf the beneficiaries and my communities, I sincerely want to thank the GPA for this support. It really wonderful to know that without known our problems previously you were able to judge our proposal to be worthwhile and provided this funds which has not only benefited the selected youth but also serve as roadmap for conflict reduction over the use of forest resource between the protected area authority and local people.”  Louis Nkonyu, Director

In October, 2014 GPA awarded a second grant in the amount of $9794 to support and expand this project. TOCS social entrepreneurs began their expansion by processing the byproducts of harvested honey creating candles and wax goods. Youth developed better processes for growing mango seedlings shortening their growth time and maturation process yielding more product in the marketplace. The group introduced new species of snails to their operations. 40 additional youth were trained and the program continues to thrive. Moreover, the development of business enterprises eliminated ongoing conflict with the Cross River National Park Government officials over use of the natural resources bringing peace and sustainability to the region.

Constructing Bee Hives


Harvesting Honey

Morning Star Humanitarian Services: Trains young girls and widows employable marketplace skills

Nigeria – Morning Star creates a nurturing environment that fosters awareness of health issues faced by the youth, including knowledge and awareness of HIV/AIDS.  They provide vocational training skills to youth, provide youth with access to information on ways to improve their economic status, and empower youth to jump-start their independent entrepreneurial activities.  Morning Star works with local community members, civil organizations, other youth oriented organizations, as well as members of the local and federal government to advocate for the development of large-scale sustainable programs that focus on improving the health and economic status of youth in Nigeria.


  • June 2010, $5,000 – Project Enrich.  In the summer of 2010, Morning Star held Project Enrich-Youth Empowerment Project. Although the project was initiated solely for the youth in Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos, they noticed that there was a need to address the plight of widows who live in the area as many of them are in need of ways to jump-start entrepreneurial activities. So in conjunction to a Youth Empowerment program, Morning Star also hosted a Widow’s Empowerment Project during the summer of 2010. For six weeks and with support from GPA, Morning Star was able to train 60 people between the ages of 18-55 in the following skills: computer training, tie and dye, bead making, catering, interior and exterior decorating, screen printing, and fashion designing. The workshops were free for all participants and all the materials needed were provided with no cost to them. This program is the only free Youth and Widows project ever carried out in the local government area that didn’t impose any registration or program fee to participants. As a result, many of our participants were delighted to have an opportunity to gain skills that ultimately enhances their livelihood. This program also increased awareness on plight of youths and widows in the community in terms of their lack of resources, to the extent that local government office has challenged Morning Star to continue with our program as they believe that we are on track to equipping youths and widows with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to attain a sustainable livelihood.
  • May, 2014, $5000-Project Sustain. GPA awarded grant funds to further develop Morning Star’s program. Project Sustain trained 120 youth in income producing skills. This program is the only program in the region that offers free training.

Dr. Patricia Awelomar (foreground) President of Morning Star with a youth Project Sustain participant

Hope Interactive: Established a community training center to teach youth agribusiness skills

Hope Interactive

Nigeria – Hope Interactive works to promote a healthy, fair and sustainable future for all the people of Nigeria by eradicating poverty and improving the quality of life through capacity building in various spheres of human development.  Hope interactive is committed to the promotion of innovative approach to positive human development, and behavior pattern through interaction and exchange of values and ideas.

The purpose of the project is to establish a community training center to empower youth through capacity building in agriculture (crop cultivation, fish farming, poultry and small animal/ruminant raising).  Empowering the youth will give them a positive and sustainable means of livelihood, thereby alleviating poverty in the community.


  • December 2009 – $4,940 to equip youth with agricultural skills and business loans to enable them to become self sufficient.  GPA is excited about partnering with Hope Interactive to equip youth with valuable skills and the capital needed to start their own businesses.

Center for Health, Environment and Safety Studies: Waste to wealth program linking young scavengers to university students

Nigeria – CHESS is committed to the protection and promotion of health and environment for better living.  CHESSs main goal is to create environment and health awareness through trainings, workshops, seminars, conferences liaising with other bodies or institutions, government and non-governmental organizations, to promote solution-oriented research and effective policy recommendations. CHESS focuses its efforts on services to humanity, community development projects, manpower development and skill acquisition for economic empowerment.

The project focuses on generating economic empowerment from solid waste by utilizing recycling for development in a waste to wealth program. The target groups are the young solid waste vendors and solid waste managers. This waste to wealth for youth empowerment project also seeks to create a network of young solid waste scavengers/vendors and private solid waste managers in Ibadan; the largest city in Nigeria.  The project will work to build more interest in the field of waste recycling and resource recovery as source of economic empowerment, networking to address common challenges faced by young waste vendors and the private solid waste managers, and strategies and ways to develop and strengthen capacities of young vendors and private solid waste managers.

In 2010 GPA awarded this organization a first grant of $5080.  In 2013 GPA awarded the organization a second grant of $10,000 to expand the project and increase organizational sustainability.