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ABOUT US

I Care Women and Youth Initiative (ICWYI) is a non-profit, non-partisan, Non-Governmental Organization established and registered in 2007 with a mandate of contributing towards improvements in health, education and overall well-being of citizens of Nigeria through capacity building, advocacy, awareness creation, community mobilization, public – private partnership and promoting good governance among others. The thematic areas of intervention of ICWYI are education, health and empowerment.

FUNCTIONS

I Care Women and Youth Initiative (ICWYI) is an organization that caters for the overall interest of women, children, youths and other vulnerable groups. For women and children, ICWYI aspires to provide vital information that will guide and promote their general growth and development with focus on addressing their educational, health and other socio-economic needs. It also works to empower them to participate in decision making processes at all levels – individual, family, community and societal levels through enhancement and promotion of safe space initiatives. For youths, ICWYI encourages and promotes their self-esteem, self-sustenance and empowerment drives that enhance their progressive development as prospective future leaders through moral rejuvenation and behaviour modification strategies. For other vulnerable groups, ICWYI continues to improve their standards of living including reduction of stigma and discrimination against those in situations where they are socially excluded and incapacitated because of their social status, impaired, disabling or handicap situation. This it does through support of policies and initiatives both formal and informal that protects their interests and rights as citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Between Years 2014 and 2017, under the USAID funded Systems Transformed for Empowered Action and Enabling Responses (STEER) for Vulnerable Children and Families Project, ICWYI reached a total of 445 caregivers including 27 males and 418 females with Community – Infant & Young Child Feeding (C-IYCF) services; and screened 500 vulnerable children for malnutrition in Kaduna South LGA of Kaduna State.

Also, under the World Bank supported HIV Programme Development Project (HPDP2), ICWYI successfully created demand and referred 6,641 pregnant women for ANC/PMTCT services. Out of this figure, 29 women drawn from 3 LGAs i.e. Jema’a, Jaba and Kaduna North LGAs of Kaduna state were tested to be HIV positive and subsequently referred for treatment, care and support.

still under the HPDP2 Project, ICWYI reached 154 Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) with National Minimum Prevention Package Intervention (MPPI) in which 142 were tested HIV negative and 12 tested HIV positive, referred for treatment, care and support.

 

ICWYI ALIGNMENT WITH NIGERIA AND NORTHERN STATE GOVERNMENTS’ DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

I Care Women and Youth Initiative (ICWYI) works to develop the potentials of women, youths, and other vulnerable group beneficiaries including strengthening communities towards sustainable development across Northern Nigeria. Women, adolescents, youths and other young and vulnerable people are at the heart of the organisation’s work and programme interest. ICWYI services and programmes closely aligns with the Nigerian Government’s policy on women, children and youth development as stipulated in the various policy instruments guiding the delivery of public services to the general populace. ICWYI is presently endowed with a crop of dedicated, active, and knowledgeable technical staff, volunteers, and other administrative services staff ably supported with policies and standards set by the Founder/CEO and Board of Trustees.

As an independent non-governmental organization, established 10 years ago, and with local services run by indigenous staff in local communities, ICWYI enjoys several advantages in terms of scale, population reach, and efficiency in delivery of its work. This it does at reasonable cost with maximum impact and in response to local needs, demands and realities across diverse development sectors particularly focusing on education, health and socio-economic empowerment. Its vision and initiatives has so far harnessed the goodwill and voluntary patronage of the local and state governments and particularly community people who continue to align and support its development mission. ICWYI has also formed key strategic partnerships with local, state, national and even international organizations to deliver locally on nationally driven priorities. This has allowed the organization to take a unified approach and channel its local experience into influencing policies and practices that have direct bearing on women, children, youths and other vulnerable population.

Brief Example of ICWYI’s relationship with a State Government and other partners

In year 2013, ICWYI collaborated with the Office of the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, the Kaduna State AIDS Control Agency and Ministries of Education and Health as well as Society for Family Health to strengthen the capacity of 40 school teachers on effective classroom delivery of Family Life and HIV Education (FLHE). That relationship also led to the selection of ICWYI as one of the CSOs mandated to implement the Global Fund and Society for Family Health supported Peer Education Plus (PEPLUS) programme for in-school youths across Kaduna State.

Between Years 2014 and 2017, under the USAID funded Systems Transformed for Empowered Action and Enabling Responses (STEER) for Vulnerable Children and Families Project, ICWYI reached a total of 445 caregivers including 27 males and 418 females with Community – Infant & Young Child Feeding (C-IYCF) services; and screened 500 vulnerable children for malnutrition in Kaduna South LGA of Kaduna State.

Also, under the World Bank supported HIV Programme Development Project (HPDP2), ICWYI successfully created demand and referred 6,641 pregnant women for ANC/PMTCT services. Out of this figure, 29 women drawn from 3 LGAs i.e. Jema’a, Jaba and Kaduna North LGAs of Kaduna state were tested to be HIV positive and subsequently referred for treatment, care and support.

Still under the HPDP2 Project, ICWYI reached 154 Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) with National Minimum Prevention Package Intervention (MPPI) in which 142 were tested HIV negative and 12 tested HIV positive, referred for treatment, care and support.