IHVN provides skills to vulnerable adults


May 22, 2024

The skill is carried out at its state-of-the-art novel tech hub in Abuja with funding from the Centres for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Nigeria.

The hub is run by Heal the Youth Foundation, a Community-Based Organisation, and started operations in February.

It offers training in information communication technology, web applications, mobile applications, web development, content creation, robotics, catering, dance, make-up artistry, nail technology, hairdressing, photography, and videography.

IHVN Technical Adviser Prevention, Care and Treatment, Mrs Jummai Musa, in a statement on Tuesday said “the Tech Hub’’ promotes the well-being of AYP.

She added that the promotion was by offering a variety of services and resources tailored to their unique needs.

These services include comprehensive health services, mental health, life skills training, social engagement and community building skills in a safe space to promote creativity and teamwork.

“The existence of the Tech Hub has expanded reach and added value to the OVC programme in the community.

“The hub collaborates with an IHVN supported community-based organisation to enrol eligible adolescents and young people of between 10-24 years who are HIV positive or negative and who are in-or-out of school,” Musa said.

Executive Director of Health the Youth Foundation, Ms Aji Robinson, said that the hub is fully equipped with facilities to train young people in digital technology.

“We also teach them leadership, life-building skills, and entrepreneurship skills. The hub caters to those who might not have had the opportunity to learn these skills.

“It is located in Kurudu in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC). Some have not touched the computer before, but now they can build websites.

“Some are developing codes to build mobile apps. We have seen some who have come to the hub unable to express themselves now doing so with confidence,” Robinson said.

The young trainees in the hub identified themselves as Dazzlers.

Ali Ene, one of the Dazzlers, said that the hub is a second home.

“It is a home full of joy, happiness, learning and innovation. Everyone is cheerful. I am currently learning digital marketing, catering, and nail technology,” she said.

Another Dazzler, Musa Kabir, said he has gained ICT skills.

“I was unable to operate the computer when I started, I didn’t even have access to one.

“Now I can use one. I have learned web development and coding. I have gained from the hub and I am grateful for it.”

Divine O. said that at first, her mother was hesitant to allow her to go to the hub because of the distance but she was determined to learn.

She added that she joined the hub in February because she was told that transportation cost would be provided.

“My story is that I never imagined I would hold a camera but the hub has made it possible. I also did not know that I could fix nails but now I can.

“I also post content online from the hub on social media and have gotten more than 3,400 followers.

“In the next five years, after I gain a B.Sc. in Sociology, I hope to become a CEO of an enterprise that combines all that I have learned from the hub,” she said.

The hub enrols adolescents in batches and groups them in teams with separate time slots to learn skills of their choice.

It has facilities such as a library and a clinic for health awareness creation and regular checks handled by an experienced nurse.


0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x