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OUR PROGRAMS

OUR PROGRAMS

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Our goal is to create an enabling environment for the healthy development of underprivileged and disadvantaged children and over the years, we have achieved this through the following initiatives:
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

This program which was the first of Bethesda Child Support Agency’s initiative started in 2001. It involves linking children with educational institutions, individuals and corporate organizations who take up the responsibility of sponsoring their education.

Through this program, six (6) of our beneficiaries have graduated from tertiary institutions like the University of Calabar, Obafemi Awolowo University, Redeemers University, Ibadan Polytechnic, and Imo State University.

SCHOOL IN POOR COMMUNITIES PROGRAM

This initiative aims at setting up schools that offer free and quality education to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in poor communities.

Since the inception of this program in 2004, we have set up four (4) primary schools and two (2) secondary schools with over 700 beneficiaries in the Ikota, Matogun, Bariga and Ijaiye-Ojokoro communities in Lagos.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Setting up our schools has given us access into various communities. These communities have been receptive, unique and diverse in terms of cultural outlook, population and demography. Through our Community Service program we have engaged stakeholders in bringing help to the children and caregivers in the different communities we have visited by providing Health Care interventions.

The Health24 Project is a community health initiative where we provide free medical services and nutritional support to children and caregivers. This event also features a community sensitization segment on health habits, usually facilitated by Public Health Practitioners, and distribution of mosquito nets to families, for the prevention of malaria.

Community Service is a tool we have used for participatory development. Our programs are designed with special focus on sustainable development and community ownership of projects. It also serves as a platform for us to extend our support to rural communities.

Our team embarks on quarterly visits to rural communities where they train and offer support services in micro-credit, health & gender issues as well as entrepreneurial development.

Since inception, we have extended this service to Akodo, Epe, Magbon-Alade, Ikota, Bariga, Oke-aro, Igbokushu, Matogun and Makoko communities in Lagos and Ogun State.

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

This is an interactive forum that provides an opportunity for our beneficiaries to be mentored by resource persons from diverse fields. The children are grouped according to age-specific needs. It also creates an avenue for evaluating the academic performance of the children on the scholarship scheme.

In May 2012, we initiated PROJECT BE! to commemorate the National Children’s Day. PROJECT BE! is a mentoring and empowerment program aimed at engaging children in activities that would pique their creative and imaginative abilities and also help them discover and maximize their strengths. Another Other activities under this intervention is the Bethesda Alumni Club.

The Bethesda Alumni Club comprise of graduates of the Bethesda Nursery and Primary School, Bethesda Scholarship Scheme and Tertiary institutions. They meet once every other month to interact with one another and network.

Volunteers/resource persons are usually invited to make a presentation to the students during their meetings. Other features include “Flash Workshops”, internship opportunities, exams/career guidance, soft skills training, etc.

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In 15 years of existence, we have been able to play a significant role in providing young people with the gift of opportunity which has changed their lives.