The Just Foundation of Al-Habibiyyah

Almajiri and Vulnerable Girls Support Project

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The Just Foundation of Al-Habibiyyah

Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

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Project Summary

9 million Almajiris in Nigeria constitute about 86% of the country's out-of-school children. They also have no viable vocational skills and are vulnerable to physical and Mental disease alongside being affected by crime, violence and abuse.Their parents/caregivers also contend with too many children, weak parenting skills and poverty. This takes a toll on the Adolescent Girl who has to hawk on the streets, serve as domestic maid or is even married off too early, thus losing her chance on education and exposed health and psycho-social challenges. The Mallams are also too poor and often result to letting them go out to beg for food and scavenge when they are not learning the Qur'an.Al-Habibiyyah's Almajiri and Vulnerable Girls support Project seeks to create access for these young people to Basic literacy, health, nutrition and vocational skills and reach their parents and mallams with economic empowerment and parental guidance

Problem Statement

Nigeria has been the topic of news headlines in the recent past for many wrong reasons, ranging from Low Value for Life and Human Dignity to High Unemployment, Out of School Children, Insurgency. In addition, we top the World-Chat in Poverty and Health Challenges. Almajiris and Vulnerable Girls are 2 groups that are most affected by all of these issues. These harsh living conditions expose them to tremendous emotional and psycho-social challenges. Thus, leading to them being easy preys in sexual and Gender-based Violence and recruitment into terrorism and other organized crime.Reasons for the existence of these challenges include:Almajiris and Vulnerable Girls are out of school and have no viable skills. They are vulnerable to physical and Mental diseases. Their parents lack of parenting skills. They are Poor and have too many childrenThe biggest barrier militating against a way forward for these challenges is the religious and cultural sensitivity of the matter and poor stakeholder acceptance, with governments failing in attempts to address the challengesTo address these numerous challenges, a Tripod intervention is needed:1. Promoting access for Almajiris and Vulnerable Girls to education, skills, nutrition and Health through direct Service Provision and referral2. Strategic Behavior Change targeting and empowerment their parents and teachers (Mallams)3. Advocacy and stakeholder engagement for buy-in, scale-up and sustainabilityWe will emphasize on empowering the natural Almajiri stakeholders, partner with organizations with strong capacity and leverage on government programs and plans. We will also use influential Imams

Solution Overview

Through setting up One-Stop-Shops that provide a mix of Islamic and Western Education together with vocational skills, Health, Nutrition and Life-Skills as well as Mapping and Clustering of Specialized Service Delivery Points, and Demand Creation, we will support the achievement of FMoE's ambition of creating access to these essential services for Almajiris and Vulnerable Girls. Thus, creating deep, impact since all beneficiaries will experience the continuum of OSS and Community interventions.Through SBCC that encompasses peer education, community outreach, mass-media campaign as well as coordinated sermons in a gender and cultural sensitive manner, we will intervene on some of the important drivers like Parental Guidance, Family Planning and Early Marriage. This will create a broad impact across various spectrum of societyThrough Advocacy, including Policy Influencing, institution strengthening, Community Engagement and Accountability, we will cause state actors and influencers to operationalize and support laws that create friendly environments for the project goals like Domestication of the Child Rights Act, Education for All, Universal Health Coverage and the One-Youth-One-Thus programs of the Nigeria Government. This will create a long-lasting impact that will outlive the project.To ascertain our progress toward to project goal We will apply routine data collection and periodic assessments against project indicatorsThe primary beneficiaries of our project will be Almajiris and Vulnerable Girls in 20 states of Nigeria and the secondary beneficiaries will be parents of Almajiris and Vulnerable girls, Community Leaders and Religious Leaders in 20 states of Nigeria

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