Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) is a non-governmental and not-for-profit development organisation committed to the social, health and economic empowerment of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria. LAPO was founded by Dr. Godwin Eseiwi Ehigiamusoe in 1987 while working as a Rural Cooperative Officer in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State. Over the years, the organization has demonstrated uncommon commitment to poverty alleviation through the provision of an array of responsive social and economic empowerment services to disadvantaged groups delivered on a sustainable basis. Issues addressed are economic powerlessness and poor health through flexible microcredit and health services. LAPO projects include cancer control, maternal and child health (MCH), water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and public health emergencies of international concern (PHEIC) such as campaigns on Lassa fever and Coronavirus. Other activities include legal Aid to victims of gender-based discrimination and violence (GBV), policy and media advocacy, education and mentoring of upcoming CBOs.
SITUATION AND INTERVENTIONS
LAPO strongly believes that poverty is further reinforced by ill-health which has either stagnated or worsened during the past decade. Ending poverty in Nigeria will therefore entail improving the country’s economic productivity and opportunities for its poor citizens. This will mean reducing the economic burden of ill-health, creating means of livelihood for women and young people, increasing financial access and opportunities for these groups in rural communities, and advancing technological innovation. The major causes of low life expectancy in Nigeria include pneumonia, diarrhoeal diseases, stroke, HIV/AIDS, liver disease, prostate cancer, diabetes mellitus, maternal conditions, malaria, breast cancer, meningitis, cervical cancer and lung disease, among others. Under-5 mortality of about one million Nigerian children annually is due mostly to poor maternal and child health due to poor access to adequate facilities and skilled birth attendants. LAPO will continue to invest in health services and expand economic opportunities for the poorest of the poor in Nigeria. Our programmes will contribute to the achievement of SDGs 1, 3 and 6 which are: To end poverty in all its forms everywhere; To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and; To ensure access to water and sanitation for all, respectively.
To be the leading institution enabling prosperity, excellent health and social justice in Africa
To use innovative approaches to provide financial, health and social services to stakeholders in a sustainable manner
- Promote access to basic and quality health care services
- Promote the culture of regular medical check-ups for early detection of health conditions
- To provide access to affordable financial services to micro, small and medium scale businesses.
- To improve the standard of living of rural households.
- To support the development of agricultural value chain and financing.
- Improve implementation of existing policies in target states
LAPO is piloted by a team of committed persons with adequate knowledge and experience in Health Promotion, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Accounting, Law, Administration, Rural Development & Extension Services, Development Communications, Microfinance and Enterprise Development.
|Ayobami Honestus Obadiora PhD||Executive Director|
|Philomena Elijah||General Manager, Corporate Services|
|Tessa Anota||General Manager, Planning and Performance Management|
|Oboh Alfred||General Manager, LAPO Rural Development Initiative(LARDI)|
|Bar. Vera Asenoguan||Head, Corporate Secretariat and Legal matters|
|James-Wisdom Abhulimen||Head, Advocacy & Communications|
|Lucky Idahosa||Head, Finance/ Accounts|
|Izekor Obomwan||Head, Internal Audit and Control|
|Friday Omotoye||Head of Risk Management and Monitoring|
|Head of Operations, LARDI|
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|Osarenren Emokpae, DBA, PhD||Chairman||Marketing and Academia|
|Godwin Ehigiamusoe, PhD||Founder /Vice Chairman||Microfinance and development studies|
|Bar. Elizabeth Nekpen Eguasa (Mrs)||Member||Law|
|Elizabeth Ngozi Ehigiamusoe (Mrs)||Member||Accounting and leasing|
|Dr. Oyefemi Obazee (Mrs)||Member||Medicine/ Ophthalmologist|
|Edward Osayomwanbor Aghimien.||Member||Marketing|
|Dorcas Osahenrumwen Thorpe (Mrs)||Member||Information Technology|
|Honestus Ayobami Obadiora PhD||Executive Director||Health Education|
LAPO management structure consists of six (6) departments, three programmes and three service departments as listed below:
- Social Development Programmes and Policies
- LAPO Rural Development Initiative (LARDI)
- Corporate Planning and Performance Management (CPPM)
- Corporate Services
The Units in the organisation include: Corporate Secretariat and Legal Matters; Corporate Communications and Advocacy, Risk Management and Monitoring
A History of Accomplishments
LAPO believes that poverty is not just an issue of lack of funds but more fundamentally a function of exclusion from life-transforming opportunities like education and skills. Since 1987, LAPO has been working assiduously with government and critical stakeholders to change social structures, legislations, policies and practices in favour of women and disadvantaged groups. Our programmes address the root causes and manifestations of poverty such as poor health, economic powerlessness, discrimination, ignorance, poor nutrition, social exclusion and gender inequity. We also assist in the development of micro and small businesses through training on financial management. Over the years, we have empowered more than one million individuals in target communities with our social development and economic empowerment services and we hope to do more in years to come.
- HEALTH SERVICES
One of LAPO’s operating assumptions is that poverty, beyond the lack of funds, is reinforced by problems such as too large family size, malnutrition and disease. Time and money that would otherwise have been devoted to economically productive activities are often wasted on the treatment of preventable diseases. Health intervention has therefore always been one of our poverty alleviation strategies. The programme’s strategies include the following: Community mobilisation and advocacy engagements; Medical mission to villages (Community Health Outreaches); Upgrading of rural Primary Health Centre (PHC) for improved service delivery; Health Screening Services (Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Malaria, HIV Testing Services (HTS) and Hepatitis); Cervical cancer screening using Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA); Clinical Breast Examination (CBE); Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA); Referral linkage to partner health facilities and; Partnership with development stakeholders such as CBOs and government agencies.
LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) Project
The main barriers to cancer control in Nigeria include poor access to screening services and inadequate awareness. The LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO–C4) Project is aimed at preventing cancer-related deaths in Nigeria with a key focus on awareness creation, prevention and early detection. The project is currently being implemented in target communities in Lagos, Edo, Imo, Rivers and Abuja in partnership with six Community-Based Organizations.
|Key Accomplishments (2016 – 2020)
· Breast, cervical and prostate cancer screening across Lagos, Edo, Imo, Rivers and FCT Abuja: 38,595 Persons.
· Community Sensitization: 2,776,580 (Male: 913,278. Female: 1,863,302)
· Media Campaign: 259,102 reached weekly.
|2||LAPO Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Project
The LAPO Maternal and Child Health (MCH) project promotes awareness on antenatal uptake by pregnant women and supports adequate nutrition for children in public schools. The project is implemented across LAPO locations in Lagos, Edo, and Abuja with nutrition counseling, deworming tablets and nutritional supplements for children and pregnant women. The capacities of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) are also strengthened on quality delivery care and referrals to government-approved health facilities.
|Key Accomplishments (Jan. – Dec. 2020)
Total community members reached: 289,978 (Male: 89,727. Female: 200,251)
|3||Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project
Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices remain the most effective way of preventing the deaths of millions of children every year in developing countries. The LAPO community-based WASH project is aimed at improving the health of community members, especially women and children through sustained enlightenment campaigns on safe drinking water, sanitation and hygienic practices.
Social marketing is one of the strategies adopted and deployed by LAPO in the fight against poverty and diseases. The organization promotes access to essential commodities for improved sanitation and personal hygiene. Social marketing is contributing significantly to the personal hygiene practices of clients.
|Key Accomplishments (Jan – Dec 2020)Total beneficiaries reached with sensitisation: 567 (Male: 138. Female: 429)
Total clients supplied with social marketing products: 55,000
|4||LAPO Community Health Outreach
The LAPO Community Health Outreach, instituted in 2015 is a major response to the limited health services in rural communities occasioned by poorly equipped medical facilities and lack of access to clean water, sanitation and power supply. This gloomy situation is further compounded by inadequate health professionals and an ill-motivated workforce. Beneficiaries of the LAPO Community Health Outreach are rural communities who otherwise would not have had the opportunity of receiving free medical examinations and treatment obtainable in specialist hospitals. A total of 15,467 persons have benefitted from the LAPO Health Outreach from inception till October 2020
|Key Accomplishments (2015 – 2020)Total beneficiaries: 15,649 (Male: 5,919. Female: 9,730)
- LAPO RURAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (LARDI)
LAPO improves the quality of life of rural dwellers through committed support for livelihood activities intended to energize the rural economy and provision of infrastructural development. The organization empowers rural farmers through capacity building, provision of extension services, affordable credit and savings products to enable them to develop and expand their farm enterprises.
|Key Accomplishments (Jan. – Dec, 2020)
Total loan disbursed: N12,203,891,900.
Total Beneficiaries: 152,446.
- SOCIAL CHANGE ADVOCACY
LAPO initiates and influences policies, laws and legislation to bring about positive changes in the lives of women and the marginalized in society. We set development agenda and use the power of the media to give voice to the voiceless and the poor. At local and national levels, LAPO has created platforms for policymakers, members of the civil society, community and opinion leaders to address issues in poverty, poor health, financial inclusion, social justice and gender discrimination amongst others.
- Annual LAPO Development Forum
Initiated in 1994, the Annual LAPO Development Forum is an auspicious platform for policymakers and critical stakeholders to discuss and proffer pragmatic solutions to issues in development. It consists of high-profile plenary lectures and technical sessions with inputs from key sectors of the economy.
- Bridging-The-Gap (BTG) TV Programme
Bridging-the-Gap (BTG) is a 30-minute TV programme aired weekly on Independent Television, Benin City. The TV programme is increasingly gaining popularity as an advocacy tool through which issues in poverty and development are put on the front burner for public discourse.
- You & LAPO Radio Programme
You & LAPO is a 30-minute live pidgin English radio programme transmitted weekly on Bronze 101.5 FM, an offshoot of Radio Nigeria. The radio programme strengthens grassroots voices, promotes access to development communication as well as encourages community participation in development programmes.
- LAPO OUTSTANDING WOMEN LEADERSHIP AWARD (LOWLA)
The LAPO Outstanding Women Leadership Award has become a part of our institution and a key activity to mark International Women’s Day. It was instituted in 2013 to acknowledge and reward women who have excelled in business, farming and professional careers with sustainable impact.
- SPECIAL PROJECTS
- Mentoring of NGOs/CBOs
The mentoring programme of LAPO was instituted in 2006 to support and build the capacity of young non-governmental/community-based organisations towards achieving their organizational vision. Activities under the programme include training, seminars, workshop, equipment support and internship.
- LAPO Quiz Competition
LAPO recognizes education as a potent weapon against poverty. The organization places high value on children’s education and has since 2006 been sponsoring the LAPO annual quiz competition for secondary schools in Edo and Delta States in collaboration with the ministry of education.
LAPO-C4 Project (2016 – 2020)
- Cancer screening across Lagos, Edo, Imo, Rivers and FCT Abuja: 38,595 Persons.
- Community Sensitization: 3,035,682
LAPO Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Project (Jan – Dec, 2020)
Community members reached: 289,978
Health Integration (2020)
- Wash sensitization: 567 persons
- Malaria: 628 persons
- Lassa fever control: 578 persons
- COVID19 Control: 683 persons
- Screening and Referral/follow-up: 1,576 persons
- Cancer awareness: 876 persons
- MCH: 596 persons.
A total of 5,504 persons were met through Health integration.
LAPO Community Health Outreach 2015 – 2020
Total beneficiaries: 15,649
LAPO Rural Development Initiative (LARDI) Jan -Dec, 2020
Loan disbursement: N12,203,891,900. Total beneficiaries: 152,446.
CURRENT AND PREVIOUS PARTNERS
Over the years we have worked with like-minded organisations to help achieve our set objectives. Our partners include:
- LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited
- Action Aid International Nigeria
- World Bank
- Edo State Action Committee on HIV/AIDS (EDO SACA)
- Evangelischen Entwicklungsdienst (EED), Germany
- European Union/MPP6
- Oxfam Novib Netherlands
- Cordaid, Netherlands
- Society for Family Health (SFH)
- Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in Niger Delta (PIND)
- Erbacher Foundation, Germany
- Development and Peace, Canada
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