African Youth Development Foundation (AFRYDEF) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization established in Nigeria in 1999 to mobilize resources and to promote and support sustainable youth empowerment and rural development initiatives in Africa.
AFRYDEF is governed by a Board of Trustees and Management made up of widely experienced professionals representing diverse communities and interests.
Our life-changing and community development programs are funded by membership contributions and public donations.
Our mission is to cost-effectively transform the lives of youths; women and children in the rural communities of Africa through facilitating sustainable youth and rural development initiatives in their communities.
In AFRYDEF, we envision an African society where children, youths and women in the rural areas are viewed as assets and resources, and thus encouraged to develop their full potentials.
Our Strategic Objectives
Our Strategic Objectives include:
- To assist indigent families meet their food supplies, clothing and housing needs;
- To contribute to the alleviation of pervasive poverty through facilitating access to formal education and skills training for children and youths;
- To strengthen the capacities of community health centers in providing health care services, family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention;
- To promote structures, systems and processes that lead to the equitable distribution of resources for accelerated development in the rural areas;
- To strengthen the capacities of community-based organizations and the civil society in peace building, conflict resolution and development cooperation; and
- To build local capacities for early warning and early response at incidences of epidemic and humanitarian crises.
To achieve our strategic objectives, we adopt a collaborative approach, engaging all levels of society, allowing ourselves to learn and grow through experience while making careful use of available resources.
Below are details of our programs and activities:
a.) Improved Community Health Care Services (ICHCS)
The goal of this program is to ensure the delivery of affordable and qualitative health care services to young people, children and women in the rural areas.
- Assist relevant Government agencies in establishing Multi-purpose Clinics for the treatment of women and children’s diseases in the rural areas;
- Provide family planning, sexual and reproductive health services to youths and women in the rural areas;
- Provide free health care services to children and women from poor families;
- Build the capacities of traditional birth attendants (TBAs) and health officers at the primary health centers in handling emergencies and pregnancy related complications;
- Establish and sponsor a network of health care volunteers and care givers.
b.) Care for the Poor and Underprivileged Persons (CPUP)
The ultimate goal of this program is to meet the needs of the poor and the underprivileged persons in the rural areas by meeting their food supplies, clothing and housing needs.
- Mobilize food items and clothing from the general public and donate them to the indigent families;
- Raise funds and build houses for identified indigent families who are homeless;
- Raise funds for the payment of medical bills for individuals and families who cannot afford them;
- Recruit volunteer Nurses, Doctors and Caregivers for these services and more.
c.) Education for Life-long Empowerment (ELE)
The goal of this program is to promote, support and mobilize resources for the empowerment of young people for life through education and personal development.
- Award full and partial scholarships to children from indigent families to enable them access secondary school and university education;
- Provide training in computer and internet utilization, beads making and catering services in our Multi-purpose Skills Development Centers;
- Provide career counseling for teenagers and graduates of secondary schools intending to enter high schools and universities;
- Donate books, computers and other teaching aids to benefiting primary and secondary schools;
- Assist relevant government agencies and institutions in curriculum development and in re-training of teachers.
d.) Mobilizing Communities for HIV/AIDS Prevention (MCHP)
The overall goal of this program is to aggressively reduce the further spread of new HIV and sexually transmitted infections among youths, children and women in the rural communities.
- Develop and sponsor series of HIV/AIDS campaigns to ensure early detection, care and treatment of new infections;
- Engage all levels of the African society in community advocacy against discrimination and stigmatization of persons and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and other opportunistic infections;
- Strengthen the capacities of public health institutions in HIV/AIDS counseling, testing and treatment;
- Establish multi-purpose HIV/AIDS Resource centers across Africa;
- Establish and sponsor school-based HIV/AIDS programs and Awareness clubs;
- Promote and coordinate the annual celebrations of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial and the World AIDS Day events in Africa;
The goal of this program is to harness the abundant natural resources in Africa for poverty reduction and sustainable rural development.
- Mobilize financial and non-financial resources for poverty reduction initiatives in the rural areas;
- Promote the use of improved agricultural technologies that enhance increased productivity and food security among rural farmers;
- Establish Multi-purpose Skills Development Centers with Telecenters and rural libraries in selected communities;
- Initiate and support other programs for job creation and economic empowerment of women and young people in the rural areas;
- Promote the use of ICT in development cooperation, sustainable development and poverty reduction;
- Support natural resources and environmental management interventions, including adoption of sustainable energy alternatives.
The goal of this program is to promote the use of dialogue, non-violence and alternative dispute resolution processes for building and promoting peace in Africa.
- Organize sensitization meetings, group discussions and workshops on Strategic non-violence, conflict prevention and alternative dispute resolution processes;
- Build the capacities of youths and women groups in preventive peace building and conflict resolution in their respective communities;
- Strengthen the capacities of media practitioners and journalists in preventive peace building and development cooperation;
- Prioritize early warning and early response mechanisms for humanitarian and political crises.
For further information, please, contact us as follows:
No. 9 Mbari Street (2nd floor, flat 1), Ikenegbu Lay Out, P.O Box 2983, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.
Telephone: +234 (0) 803 870 2075, +234 (0) 808 809 6008
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