Best Projects 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Teens Health Advancement and Productive Edge- THAP Edge AFRICA.
Published on June 25, 2020 um 00:20
Founder & Executive Director
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Explain your project in details:
THAP Edge Africa Initiative Teens Health Advancement and Productive Edge Africa is a start-up youth-led volunteer-driven non-Governmental Organization with headquarters based in Nigeria who are running community-based projects in line to achieve the UN SDGs. With the Nigerian Government working with her Ministry of Education and the Nigerian Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC) to arrive at a suitable date for resumption of schools in the country, students across the nation are about to face the fate of the deadly global virus -COVID 19 at the expense of their education. For us, this calls for the deployment of strategies to prevent the contraction and spread of the virus. More than this, our vision is to raise an African community of adolescents achieving their goals and aspirations in perfect health, nutrition and wellness while creating a safe space for them to learn and talk about their health and nutrition without judgment. In all spheres, we aim to address the health, nutrition and wellness challenges of young people and teenagers improving the quality and productivity of their lives. We do this by organizing school campaigns and talks that promote good health for adolescents and healthy food intake, facilitating access to proper and quality health care services, organizing projects that aim to address certain nutrition-related problems while reducing hunger in vulnerable communities, and by organizing personal development workshops, consultations and mentoring programs for adolescents desiring to learn and talk about their health and nutrition. We are very intentional in our commitment to contributing to a better and healthier future by giving adolescents and teenagers an advantage in good nutrition and health.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
THAP Edge Africa targets the achievement of at least two of the 17 sustainable development goals: Good Health and wellbeing and reduced inequalities. Our target beneficiaries are majorly adolescents in Africa. About 1.2 billion people of the worlds population are adolescents aged 10 to 19. You may not know this, but according to the World Health Organization, over 1.1 million of these teenagers die of preventable diseases annually. This is a shocking statistic that drives us into compassion. Through our school outreaches and programs, we aim to reach out to 20,000 students from 28 schools in Nigeria at the end of December 2021, delivering an equivalent outcome of over $187,480 worth of positive social and health impact on their lives. To the vulnerable adolescents with medical issues, we aim to provide 5000 of them with supplies worth $25 each including breakfast cereals, beverages, toothbrushes, toilet paper, sanitary towels and blankets while supporting 100 of them pay their hospital bills of worth $35 each at the end of December 2021. Through our medical outreaches, we hope to reach over 1,000 young persons in communities that dont have access to basic primary health care at the end of December 2021. The following key performance indicators will help us evaluate our success: the number of school-aged children and adolescents making informed and deliberate decisions about their health and nutrition with guidance on a healthy diet, sleep and physical activity in early childhood as a result of our programs; the reduced number of deaths from preventable diseases annually; the number of vulnerable teenagers with enhanced access to good food and nutrition; the number of vulnerable adolescents exposed to basic primary health care; the voices and stories of rejuvenated adolescents living the best life in their best possible health.
Sustainability and future plans
Our business model is the B2C model as our target beneficiaries are adolescents and teenagers. Our major financial sources are from the generous inputs of our passionate stream of volunteers, investors, and from regular fundraising and donation events. While we have been able to secure workable partnerships with some NGOs and health organizations that have helped us in no small way, we are working tirelessly to secure a workable partnership and collaboration with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization, Association of Nutrition, United Health Foundation, Center for Disease and Control, Nestle, Ministry of health in Nigeria and other health organizations, hospitals, food and beverage companies, non-governmental organizations, public and private institutions, stakeholders and youth organizations while positioning ourselves for grants and fellowships that could greatly boost our reach and community impact. We will not relent. As part of our adaptability plan, we hope to have ambassadors and community directors in all the African countries, including Nigeria. Yes, we want to build locally, but we hope to influence globally. Not to mention, we also plan to put up a board of directors team that would include a board chairman, a strategic advisor, and 7 other influential members to ensure the prosperity and sustainability of the organization, as they would be collectively involved in directing and overseeing our affairs. Lastly, we hope to actively engage with and attend necessary summits and conferences to be inspired by a community of like passions while learning from some of the best mentors.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am Victory Henry-Ojating and I am currently studying for a bachelor's degree in Food Science and Technology in Nigeria. However, I have certifications from the University of Leeds Online, Shaw Academy, MBRU University amongst others. I have a very wide range of interests and skills ranging from nutrition & health to graphic design, mobile app development and education and technology for advancement and innovation. I'm also very passionate about addressing the general challenges of teenagers in the rural and urban parts of Africa. I'm 21 years young. Losing my grandfather to an incurable but preventable disease- diabetes left me traumatized for several weeks. Moreso, that he departed over 50 years earlier than he anticipated to, made me sick worried and driven to compassion. However, I refused to give in to complacency and agony and let that be my limitation, but decided to convert that pain, grieve and anger into a positive energy to ensure people are exposed to their best possible health but while they're still much younger. This is centered on my experience as a student of nutrition that has exposed me to the rudiments and enormous usefulness of optimizing nutrition at an early age. Determined to create a better and sustainable future, I founded THAP Edge Africa Initiative to find solutions to the health and nutrition challenges grappling adolescents in Africa. In my spare time, I also host conferences and give talks to High school students, inspiring them to achieve excellence and aspire to become better. I also spend a good amount of my time volunteering and have been privileged to work with organizations like Street Priests, ONE Nigeria, Guru Foundation, Technovation, Defining True Leadership, Sunrise Youth Intervention Organization, Reset Patria, Psifon Ng amongst others while investing over 8760 hours to volunteering within the last 4 years.