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RADIANT TEAM

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Mrs. Oluborode R( CEO)

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Mr. Agunbiade M.

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Mr. Atibere S.

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Mr. Ajayi W.

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Miss Gbeje Y.

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WORLD AIDS DAY CELEBRATION IN ONDO STATE GOODWILL MESSAGE ABOUT HIV SCOURGE

RHI’S DONATION TO DISABILITY BEINGS

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RHI BRINGS SUCCOR TO A PHYSICALLY CHAL-

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LENGED TEENAGE GIRL

RHI DONATES A WHEEL CHAIR TO A WOMAN 3

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RADIANT CAPACITY 3 ASSESMENT RADIANT’S STAFF

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THEME: GOING TO ZERO – DISCRIMINATION, HIV DEATH AND HIV NEW INFECTION

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

RHI DHIS 14 STEP DOWN TRAINING

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To start with, goodwill message from program officer of ODSACA pointed out that world AIDS Day was not only a celebration but a commemoration of millions of people across the globe, who had lost their lives to the scourge; he therefore stressed that today is a moment of sober reflection of those whose lives this scourge had claimed. And again it is a time to take into account our intervention HIV prevention program as to whether we are winning the battle against HIV infection or not . At this juncture, he implored all stake-holders to live

up to their- promises at ensuring zero elimination of the infection in the state by 2015.

status in recruitment, employment and occupation– as the part of getting to zero discrimination strategy Her Excellency, Mrs. Olukemi Mimiko, the wife of the Executive Governor of Ondo State, enjoined all stake -holders to make deliberate effort in fighting this infection to zero prevalence .

Special guests of the event The chairperson of CISHAN on her part stresses on reduction of stigma and discrimination on the basis of real or perceived HIV

To wrap it up, Society for Family Health emphasizes that HIV battle involves all and sundry to help eliminate the infection to zero prevalence in our Society.

ROLES OF CHURCH, MOSQUE AND TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE STATE HIV/ AIDS RESPONSE– LECTURE DELIVERED BY DR. ADEROTIMI ADELOLA. The guest speaker, Dr. Aderotimi Adelola, called the people’s attention to the fact that HIV epidemic is alarming and thus reducing productivity. He identified unprotected sex as the critical factor fueling the spread of the infection in our society. His lectures therefore focuses on two dimensions which are as follows:

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Advocacy

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Prevention

On advocacy, he enjoined all stake holders including religious leaders, opinions leaders, Traditional rulers, to mention but a few, to actively involve themselves in the crusade against HIV infection. He,

adding that HIV message should be preached in every nook and cranny of our communities. He stressed that through advocacy people living with HIV (PLHIV) would be rightly informed and therefore made themselves available for proper treatment at the respective health facilities across the state.

Dr. Aderotimi Adelola

He affirmed that the involvement of stake-holders especially Religious leaders and Traditional rulers, would inform the serious threat the HIV scourge had posed to our communities in particular and world at large However, he emphasized the need of HIV prevention via preaching of HIV message by all stake holders in our communities. Increased access to prevention services through work place HIV service delivery, including workplace peer education as a part of the getting to zero new infection . He therefore reiterates that the crusade against HIV infection is a collective responsibility of all stake holders.


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RHI’S DONATION TO DISABILITY BEINGS As part of its commitment to always put smile on the faces of people, RHI in the last two weeks donated clothes, food and money to disability beings at Good Samaritans International, Alagbaka, Akure, Ondo State. Mrs. Remi Oluborode, the executive director of RHI said, while speaking in the event, that she appreciates the work the founder of Good Samaritans has been doing over the years to care for these groups, sacrificing its money and time in taking care of the disables in our society whom many people would rather ignore. This isn’t the first time RHI has identified with our brothers and sisters who are physically challenged and disabled. Mr. Akinwande Oniye, the president of Good Samaritans, commented. Mr. Akinwande Oniye further expressed his profound gratitude on behalf of the groups, to the RHI, particularly

to Mrs. Remi Oluborode, the executive director of RHI for the kind gestures . He, adding that RHI’s donation came at the crucial moment to

RHI’s donation at Good Samaritans meet the recipients’ utmost needs as the Christmas festivity is approaching and even as the

to him; she therefore prayed that Mrs. Remi Oluborode’s joy would know no bound for her concern to better the lives of the needy. Mrs. Akinwande Oniye, the wife of the president of Good Samaritans, on her part, observed that the society would not only attain the desired level of development when the rich deploy their resources for the public good and therefore implore good Nigerians out there to emulate Mrs. Remi Oluborode.

groups celebrate world disables’ day in a couple of days’ time. The welfare of the group pointed out that wealth was not determined by what one had but how many lives one had positively touched with resources available

RHI BRINGS SUCCOUR TO A PHYSICALLY CHALLENGE TEENAGE GIRL Miss Akinmukomi Abosede is a first year student of Senior Secondary School otherwise known as SSS1 in Methodist Grammar School, Ondo. She is a poor little orphan girl. She stays with her aunty who is a peasant farmer. At a point, there was no money to pay for her School fees, She therefore took to begging around in order to raise money to this effect.. In a couple of months she became terribly ill Mrs Oluborode and Bosede

including an Honorable woman (Mrs. C.S IFAYOSE) from Ondo town, came to her rescue and also took responsibility for her studies and this good gesture has continued till date. Besides, radiant gave her and her aunty money, books, food and clothes. Information reaches us and all the money realized from of recent that she getting along the begging was spent to recuper- with her studies. ate her from the illness. Having met with us, we (RHI) presented her case in our charity radio program, Responding to the radio program, quite number of people


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RHI DONATES A WHEEL CHAIR TO A WOMAN Mrs. Sola Folorunso is 61 years old . She is a widow with three children. Equally , her first child, a son was killed by a group of cult in Kaduna polytechnic, Kaduna state. The two other children are girls of 10 and 14 respectively. According to her, she said she suddenly fell sick and therefore she has spent all she had on the sickness but all to no avail; the sickness is so terrible that she has been bedridden for almost four

year . At present she has no means of livelihood. Having contacted us through our charity program, RHI donated a wheel chair to ease her condition as part of its commitment to bring succor to the needy. Also, money, foods and clothes were donated to her by RHI. The beneficiary expressed her heartfelt gratitude and satisfaction to the RHI, particularly to the Executive Director of RHI for the kind gesture.

Mrs Oluborode and Mrs Folorunsho

RHI DHIS 14 STEP DOWN TRAINING Pact—Nigeria, in order to ensure all its Civil Society Organization Partners living up to the expectations and challenges, has painstakingly organized several capacity building trainings including DHIS 14. On this wise, RHI in its effort to equip all members of its staff, has further organized DHIS 14 step down training for them to

Participate during RHI DHIS 14 step down training

ensure coherent and consistent working together as a team. The said training was facilitated by Mr. Atibere Simeon, the Monitoring and Evaluation officer of RHI. Really, it was an interactive moment as all participants got along with every session of the training. At this juncture, it is pertinent to note that all staff of RHI is acquainted with DHIS 14 and can relatively make use of the software.

RADIANT CAPACITY ASSESSMENT BY PACT NIGERIA

Lucia Balonwu at the RHI capacity assessment

Pact-Nigeria conducted capacity assessment of Radiant

Hope Initiative (RHI) last month, using PCAT and MCAT tools with the singular aim to better appreciate RHI’s level of institutional and technical growth. The idea of the assessment was to ascertain whether Radiant met the minimum requirement as Pact Nigeria beneficiary partner. Pact Nigeria visiting staff advised,

while speaking in the exercise, that the organisation (RHI) should work on the identified areas that require improvement so as to enhance effective organisation performance. Henceforth, the organisation has galvanized effort in its readiness to ensure things are in proper shape capacity wise in due course.

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RADIANT’S STAFF Radiant Hope Initiative is registered with both the Ondo State Government through the Ministry of Women Affairs as well as the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). The organization is governed by a five -person Board of Trustee (BOT) alongside eight full time staff responsible for the day to day organizational activities.

Staff of Radiant Hope Initiative (RHI)

It is often said that peak performance is the result of deliberate application and learning over a period, laced with the right mental attitude; in recognition of this fact, the organisation has taken deliberate effort to make its team stronger by recruiting more competent and experienced personnel. Thus far, the personnel have been exposed to various capacity building trainings organised by PACT-Nigeria in order to ensure high quality service delivery.

RHI PUTS SMILE ON PEOPLE’S FACES Having heard our charity radio program, Alhaji B.A Adejumo donated 30 bags of rice as part Radiant’s commitment to succor to the less privileged in the society. This kind gesture brought Radiant into limelight as a whole lot of people benefited. Mrs Oluborode posed at the event for donation of rice

RADIANT HOPE INITIATIVE (RHI) 3b, Adeleye Memorial Lodge, Opposite Water Corporation, Nepa, P.O.BOX 3041, Akure, Ondo State Phone: +234-8033516397 +234-8077715666 E-mail:radianthope2010@yahoo.com Enquires on this letter Phone:+234-8036350937 E-mail:simmy_8@yahoo.com

RHI. Is a non-profit making, non-biased and nongovernmental organization which is established to work with women and the vulnerable groups in the society for the sustainable women empowerment. Radiant’s vision is borne out of the concern to foster a society where women empowerment, gender equality and the less privileged are painstakingly given serious attention to. The organization’s mission is to facilitate the process of women empowerment, gender equality and improving the quality of life of people, especially the less privilege ones through access to education, information and services. As part of its commitment to reach out to every nook and cranny of our society, Radiant airs a charity program on Adaba radio every Saturday of the week at exactly 8.30-9.00 am; the said program has drawn the attention of good Nigerians who generously donate to this course.

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