Creative ways to undertake training in the community

Angie Bamgbose

Angie Bamgbose is a Capacity Development Lead for the RSH. She is a safeguarding and child protection specialist, facilitator, mentor and coach.

She says, “I have really enjoyed developing the RSH mentor programme. It is great to see the mentors providing each other with mutual support and sharing their challenges and successes.”

 

The RSH Nigeria mentors have a virtual monthly meeting to celebrate progress and problem solve safeguarding challenges. In April, mentor Julie Adegbesan described how a lack of dedicated donor funds made it difficult to access funds for safeguarding training.

Listen to Julie ask mentor Oluchi Ihedoro about the creative ways used by the Women’s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP) to fund safeguarding community sensitisation.

Oluchi explained that community sensitisation on safeguarding was included in a monthly community meeting which was already resourced. Community members were given information on safeguarding and the behaviours they can expect from WRAHP’s staff.

The community defined how they want to report safeguarding concerns and community members were elected as Safeguarding Ambassadors who will receive community reports and pass these onto WRAHP.

Oluchi’s organisation reported the community sensitisation has enhanced their relationship with the community. Trust and openness have increased as the community knows they are being protected, even from project staff

question What creative ways do you have to fund safeguarding activities? Please share below. 

More about Julie and Oluchi:

JulieJulie Adegbesan is a human resource professional, currently serving as a mentor to Global Health Awareness and Research Foundation (GHARF) on safeguarding matters. She is particularly passionate about promoting safe recruitment as this is fundamental to ensuring that development programmes are safer for our communities and compliant with international standards.   
OluchiOluchi Ihedoro has spent the past 9 years implementing programs in the development and humanitarian sectors, and specialises in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning; with experience in programme development and implementation. She provides mentoring support to organisations to help them improve their systems, in line with best practices. Currently, under the RSH mentorship programme she supports 3 national CSOs in Lagos State; Women’s Right and Health Projects (WRAHP), Humanity Family Foundation for Peace and Development (HUFFPED) and Centre for Citizens with Disability (CCD) to improve their policies and practices against sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment.

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