A tour of the target community is part of the compulsory induction process for volunteers and staff of PISTIS Foundation (informally referred to as PF). The purpose of the visit was for Volunteers and Staff to witness the living conditions of potential beneficiaries, learn the issues and needs of the community from a firsthand account of individuals within the community, and envision how the programs of the Foundation can be implemented to better suit the needs of the community.
On 09th December 2018, Volunteers and Staff of PISTIS Foundation visited Aboki Estate in the Jakande Community, Lekki as it is one of PF’s initial target communities.
On arrival at the community, the team was briefed by our guide Pa Samuel (member of E200) on the living conditions and socio-economic challenges faced by members of the community. We visited a compound where a room is being shared by one mother/Grandmother and their 3 to 4 children/ grandchildren. The building was in a dilapidated state with some rooms filled with water for more than a month. The drainage and roads are overfilled with waste, this has blocked access to the school within the community and has prevented the free flow of water. This has led to puddles of stagnant water which attracts insects and increases the risk of illness.
The children in the compound are currently enrolled in a government school within Jakande area, and although there is a private Christian and Muslim school in the area the main routes to these schools are blocked by waste. The team identified children with deformity/ disability living within this community.
A 10 years old girl that resides with her Grandmother was unable to talk and appears mentally challenged, her grandmother exclaimed that her ailment was caused by an accident that occurred at a younger age which led to her brain being deprived of oxygen. Sis. Tosin Babalola a member of PF’s Shelter team was able to conduct a brief assessment based on her profession as a child psychologist and made further recommendations to PISTIS Foundation team.
At the end of the tour, we visited the information center which serves as the central information hub for the community and a place for NGOs to meet with leaders concerning intervention and programs that will be implemented within the community.
We met with Reverend Stephen, Secretary of the Landlord’s association within the community. He owns a space within the community center where training, events, and church services are held. He said the community has three major issues which are:
Community visits are helpful to understand our target community and to identify some of the key needs of the impoverished living within those communities. Further discussions with the community leaders ahead of any projects or initiatives are planned for the community.