Women and children constitute a very important part of every society and contributes immensely to the social, economic and financial well-being of a Nation but this is not the case in our country. Poverty among women and children is skyrocketing because many can no longer afford basic consumption needs due to rapid Urbanization, economic decline in currency and lack of innovative ways to better lively hood.
A Study by Sheri Usman(2015), recommended that the best way to eradicate poverty among women and children is for both Government and nongovernmental organization to create an integrated programme that Fosters; women empowerment, eradication of child labor, acquisition of skills, provision of special loan and investments and reconstruction of infrastructure in communities to increase development and make life easy for people especially women and children.
"70% of women are living below poverty line," says the Minister of women Affairs and social development. Many women die prematurely from preventable circumstances due to lack of funds and this leaves their children in a state of disarray, allowing them to fend for themselves. In an effort to put food on their table child labour increases. About an estimated 15 million Children under the age of 14 are involved in child Labour as stated by the international Labour Organization.
The aforementioned crisis necessitated the birth of Oasis of Love International Center for Women and Children as a civil and Humanistic Obligation to eradicate poverty in Nigeria and beyond. It is our belief that if we can assist as many less privileged women and children, we can help put a smile on the face of the nation and restore the hope that the citizens once had in its beloved Country.
Mental Health Education in School
Research shows that targeting mental health issues at a young age can result in better outcome later in life. Nigeria has a lot of people suffering from mental health disorders. Around 60 millions Nigeria suffer from mental health disorders. Rate of suicides is increasing in Nigeria. Half of mental health disorders start at the age of 14. Therefore there are needs to educate students and teachers on how to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health disorders, types of mental health disorders and where to seek treatment
Access to Care
We are committed to providing only the most high-quality care. OLIC does not have a healthcare facility now but we provide psychological assessment and treatment of children and adolescents in school and communities who exhibit mental health disorders and behavioral problems. We also network with local clinics servicing village communities in which we work. Community members are trained by OLIC, They are trained on how to identify mental health problems and link with primary health care in the communities to provide psychological care to the children
We believe that education on mental health is a critical component that needs to be addressed in order to diminish the stigma surrounding it. In order to address this component, we organize evidence-based mental health education workshops in rural villages. Our team works closely with local community leaders to establish a relationship allowing us to host impactful educational programming. Workshops include discussion, Q&A, visual aids, street plays, interaction with mental health professionals, and a video documentary explaining and depicting mental health symptoms and disorders.
We train the youth in the communities to be mental health workers. The community mental health workers of our programs. They use their familiarity with the community and leverage on social networks so that we may efficiently reach more people. Furthermore, they support patients through their recovery and continue to educate the community about mental health by hosting workshops and peer support groups. This program not only allows us to increase access to care but mobilizes the community to take charge and improve the health of their own members.