Thank you for visiting the blog for Ipaja Community Link (ICL), a small community-based organisation in Lagos, Nigeria, working towards creating a prosperous, healthy and empowered community in Ipaja.

The main activities of ICL are:
- skills vocational training for women and young people in basic cooking, sewing and bead-making
- youth and community volunteering
- community health education, awareness and support
- community care initiatives

ICL specifically aims to support and empower women, people living with HIV/AIDs, young people, and orphans and vulnerable children.

The following information is representative of the work of ICL and reflects the views of staff, volunteers and those that ICL are working with.

ICL is working hard to make poverty a thing of the past in Ipaja - no one in the community is asking for a handout; they are simply looking for ways to make their lives better, to provide for their families and to secure their future. For more information, please call 0702 969 8523, 0706 155 0665 or 0705 636 9269 (or add +234 if calling from the UK) or email icl@difn.org.uk.

Please read on... (and here's a tip: it might be best if you read from the bottom, for older posts, to the top, for newer posts)...

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Feature: Jessica Odili, Bead-Making

Jessica Odili, aged 20, is currently a part-time student at catering school in Lagos. However, whilst studying this course, she also found out about the bead-making classes being held at Ipaja Community Link through one of ICL's staff. Jessica, pictured here with Rosemary, one of the trainers at ICL, says that she really enjoys making the beads, she says, "I really hope that when I finish my catering course in May and open my small catering shop, I can also show my other talents by displaying and selling my beads - and this also might boost my business." Jessica, like Beautrice, will be graduating from the programme on Friday, 27 February 2009.

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