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.

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Saturday, 4 April 2009

Ipaja Community Link facilitates basic health education training for teachers and volunteers in Ipaja

This week, on 1 - 2 April, Ipaja Community Link facilitated a two-day workshop for public primary and secondary school teachers and ICL youth volunteers on the Child-to-Child Health Education Programme at St Andrews Anglican Pimary School in Ipaja. The Child-to-Child approach is an educational process that links children’s learning with taking action to promote the health, wellbeing and development of themselves, their families and their communities. Through participating in Child-to-Child activities the personal, physical, social, emotional, moral and intellectual development of children is enhanced. Teachers and volunteers learnt how to convey messages about basic health issues to children, such as how to treat diarrhoea, malaria, worm infections, the importance of brushing teeth, washing bodies and boiling water. They then demonstrated methods of how to step-down their training in classes, through role plays, songs, poems and dances in both English and the local language, Yoruba.

On the second day, the 26 teachers from 16 schools and 4 youth volunteers spent time putting together action plans about how to implement their training. Ipaja Community Link will provide support to the schools by providing resources such as information packs, posters, and stationary, youth volunteers who will assist the teachers in schools and also find avenues for sustainability of the Child-to-Child programme. Confidence, Ipaja Community Link's new Community Health Worker, will work closely with Mercy, the Assistant Coordinator, on implementing this programme.

For more information about the Child-to-Child Programme, please visit www.child-to-child.org.