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RADIANT’S VOICE V O L U M E 1

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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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Mr. Olu Jacob

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SURVIVAL RESTORED RHI PAYS ADVOCACY VISIT TO ADABA 88.9

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As part of its commitment to reach its target population, Radiant has organized a three days intensive training on HIV prevention programme for the selected peer educators from 9th-11th February, 2012, at Oda and its environs. It is note worthy that the participants did not only turn out in large number but also gave rapt attention to every session of the training; it was indeed a participatory training. The

and care, support and rights of people living with HIV/AIDS. Having adequately and satisfactorily undergone the peer education model (the Radiant’s first strategy to reach its target audience), 26 peer educators Radiant crew, Pact representatives were successfully trained and participants at the training and as such deployed to commence their peer topics covered at the train- education sessions withing include: peer education out iota of delay. skills, life skills, HIV/AIDS and STIs, gender and sexuality, personal risk perception

THE HELPLESS HOPE OF AN OCTOGENERIAN RELIEVED

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RHI’S AID TERMINATES ABJECT PENURY

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RADIANCE OF HOPE AT RHI END OF THE YEAR PARTY

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RADIANT CONDUCTS PEER EDUCATORS’ TRAINING Another dramatic training consisted of selected peer educators from Board 1 and 2, Araromi-Aje, Orisaye, Ajipowo and Origere camp, was organized by Radiant for consecutive 3 days. The highly interactive training which held from 16th-18th February,2012,sought to provide participants with adequate knowledge on

HIV prevention program. Interestingly, participants turned out in large number and showed readiness to learn in the course of the training. All the topics covered at the previous training were equally treated during this training. Having equipped them with requisite knowledge and skills to aid in facilitating transfer of HIV prevention messages to their respective peers, 34 peer

educators were successfully trained and thereby deployed to start their peer education sessions with immediate effect.

Mrs Oluborode posed with the Awards


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RADIANT LIBRALITY REMOVES BARRIER OF THE BLIND It is yet another feather to the cap of Radiant Hope Initiatives the effort made to remove the barrier to the educational dream of Mr. Elijah Adebiyi, a 30 years old blind young man. Aside blindness, abject penury had deprived him of educational privilege. Interesting to note is the young man’s desire to begin primary one despite his age. When he came to RHI’s Office and tabled his constraint, he was aired in our charity program on Adaba Radio.

Pastor Oshidi Pledged to sponsor his educational pursuit and to provide all necessary things to be required for his schooling. What a gesture! Success song of such, Radiant Hope will continue to sing, more so the heart of

gratitude attending the hand of generosity had been the force behind the rhythm. Every beneficiary had always wanted to say a big thank you to every benefactor. It is delightful to state here that lately, Mr. Elijah has been given N 26,000 and has registered in Primary one to begin his educational career.

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A BENEFICIARY OF RHI ASSISTED SCHEME Mrs. Ronke Dauda, a mother of two, and a native of Oka lost her first husband to an ugly North Crisis some years back. When she relocated to Ido-Ani, she got married again; her inability to bear her new husband children made him to abandon her. her left leg, such that she could Worse still, she got involved not walk except by crush. Her in ghastly accident on a bike, admission into an hospital at resulting in a serious injury on Ikare Akoko yielded no result.

On this wise, she was taken to Federal Medical Centre, Owo, where she was told that her medical bill was #120,000; but sad enough, she had only #50,000. having contacted us, we presented her story in Charity programme on Adaba Radio. Following this, good Nigerians out there made the #90,000 available to her through their donations.

RADIANT TURNS A PATHETIC CONDITION AROUND All other wives of the , late husband bore him children except only her. She lamented that she had pregnancy for 12 different times but lost them to miscarriage and eventually the only child she had died. On hearing our Charity proExecutive Director (RHI) PRESENTS gramme she visited our office BRAND NEW DRYER TO MRS KEfor assistance. As part of our HINDE OLAGUJOYE effort to ascertain whether or Mrs. Morenike Folorunsho is a widow from Akure. She said she not her story was true, we was the first wife of her late hus- conducted thorough band who was a polygamist

investigation to this effect. Following this, we decided to air her storn our Charity programme on Adaba Radio. Consequently, a number of kindhearted people responded to make cash available to start petty business for her sustenance. Ever since she has been doing well in the business.


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A TOUCH OF CARE FROM RADIANT HOPE INITIATIVE

Hon. Awodeyi, Iya Okiki and Mrs Remi Oluborode

Mrs. Bamitale Abanli Amuda, a seasoned hairdresser, as well as a native of Supare Akoko, woke up only to discover that she couldn’t see with her eyes one fateful day. She has a daughter whose name is Amuda Opeyemi; this little girl of 6 hasn’t started schooling, she lamented. Worse still, her husband had

deserted her alongside the little girl in connection with her predicament. It was gathered that this ugly incidence started four years ago and effort to make her regain her sight by going to several hospitals and other religious centers yielded no desired result. Since then she barely makes end meet. Her visit to our head office in Akure, informed the decision to air her story in our Charity Programme on Adaba Radio with a singular aim of intimating the public with the story. Interestingly, we cannot but mention a philanthropist, Brig. General Femi (rtd) from Supare Akoko, who has been given financial aid to the said woman before

now; on reaching him, we (RHI) appreciated his gesture to her and also seized the opportunity to tell him that we intend to buy her Freezer to start selling Sachet water and soft drinks for her sustenance, and make sure her daughter begins school. He therefore pledges to give financial support to this effect. A benefactor has donated money through RHI for the little girl to start schooling, and equally RHI supports the family with foodstuff and cloths and promises to take care of the girl education up to secondary level.

RADIANT HOPE INITIATIVE IMPACTS A FAMILY Mrs. Monisola Faloye whose son’s name is Adeoye Busayo, visited our head office in Akure, for financial assistance, to enable her only son go to driving school. In our exclusive interview with her, she lamented her financial incapacity to fend for her son in this regard. Therefore, Radiant

did not only give her the money for the school but also made deliberate effort at ensuring her son started the school with immediate effect. Obiviously, Adeoye Busayo stands the chance to cater for himself as well as his aged mother through his profession.

GROUPS’ PRESENTATION BY PARTICIPANTS Another thing worth noting is the grand style with which participants were divided into 3 groups such as “Water melon”, “Papaya” and “Banana” group. To this end, each group was given respective topics earlier treated at the training to discuss and later present to the entire group. The excellent

performance of the said groups during their presentations is a function of the high level of their assimilation on every session of the training; this indeed made the training highly interactive and participatory. A participant during presentation

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HCT CONDUCTED BY ODSACA The climax of the trainings came when a team of ODSACA led by Mr. Kolawole Desmond Folorunsho, dramatically and convincingly prepared the mind of the participants as well as counseled them to make informed decisions; particularly those who were keenly interested to know their HIV status. Not less than 70 participants successfully had their HIV counseling and Testing (HCT) at the end of the trainings. Mrs. Remi Oluborode, the Executive Director of RHI, while speaking in the event, appreciated ODSACA for the indelible role played in the course of the training, and therefore humbly prays for further collaboration in the nearest future

HIV counselling and testing during the training

RADIANCE OF HOPE AT RHI END OF THE YEAR PARTY It was a radiance of hope as Radiant Hope Initiatives celebrated her end of the year party last December. A lot of people flocked the office of the organisation to felicitate with the staff and management. At the climax of the event , Mrs Oluborode seized the opportunity to sensitize the people present on HIV/AIDS prevention programme of the organization. Amidst side attractions, several gift items were made available to the less privileged. Those who came were radiated with joy as they all went home with food items, cloths and cash gifts. ED with beneficiaries at the event

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RADIANT HOPE INITIATIVE (RHI) Headquarter Address:

Ekiti Address:

3b, Adeleye Memorial Lodge, Opposite Water Corporation, Nepa, P.O.BOX 3041, Akure, Ondo State

No. 18 Odundun Street, Opp. Emmanuel Ang. Church, Along SUBEB road, Okesa Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State

Phone: +234-8033516397 +234-8077715666 E-mail:radianthope2010@yahoo.com Enquires on this letter

www.radianthopeinitia tive.org

RHI. Is a non-profit making, non-biased and non-governmental 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 privileged 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 8.309.00 am; the said program has drawn the attention of good Nigerians who generously donate to this course.


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