Program: Team IIF participates in annual trips to West Africa to provide community support and to promote social and emotional life skills. Previous trips to Nigeria provided youth with football instruction, access to medical care, and workshops on empowerment and goal setting. In 2013, Team IIF traveled to Ghana in partnership with Integris Health Systems and MAP International to erect the Kobedi Total Health Village, strengthening community health through access and capacity building, providing community development guidance for agriculture, employment and disaster reduction, and empowering youth through sports and education access.
In 2014, the Israel Idonije Foundation will travel to West Africa to launch a 5 year partnership with Free The Children’s Adopt a Village Program . Through this platform, IIF will build a schoolhouse, construct clean water systems including latrines and wells, support health awareness programs, and provide resources for sustainable community development in Nyameyiekrom, Ghana. Through the creation of this partnership, IIF will promote social and emotional learning through platforms of education, health and community development.
Impact: Education and youth empowerment through sports benefits the community, specifically girls, who experience increased likelihood of graduation, decreased rates of unintended pregnancies and the development of leadership skills. Access to health services allow community members to focus on development goals and to acquire training on how to impact their own community.
Success: The Total Health Village served over 1000 community members and directly affected over 700 youth. Students were tracked for attendance, grade level completion, the ability to state career goals and steps to attain them, and the acquisition of new skills from games and activities. Success was also tracked in provision of sports and educational materials, the number of children eligible for scholarships, and the number of lunches provided at school.
The IIF Schoolhouse established in 2014 will educate 1000 children over the next 20 years. Free the Children will provide tracking on health, community development and education.
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