|BRIEF ON DHCBI|
Damnaish Human Capacity Building Initiative (DHCBI) is an NGO that came into existence in 2014 and incorporated (RC83231) in 2015 to provide humanitarian assistance in times of need. It has since inception been strategizing, collaborating and interfacing with relevant stake holders towards enhancing the individual’s ability to break free from poverty or bounce back in times of crises.
Our society has over the years been bedeviled by insecurity, poverty, illiteracy, disease, hunger, malnutrition, lack of access to clean, water bad sanitation, human right abuses environmental degradation as well as lack of economic opportunities, making it possible for humanitarian crises to thrive.
DHCBI therefore, has tailored its humanitarian services at building or restoring the capacity of the individuals and the communities towards rapid and quick recovery by supporting livelihoods sustainable basic services through some articulated programs, namely:
- SKILLS ACQUISITION – Acquiring skills remains central in mans’ strive to attain self determination or self reliance. DHCBI has in its effort to pull people out of poverty, prioritized this program by outlining some skills relevant in meeting our community needs to train the vulnerable as a means of checking unemployment and creating economic opportunities. Already thousands of IDPs, women and youths from Borno and Yobe states have been trained in various areas including soap making, tailoring, internet marketing, fish farming and animal fattening, satellite dish installation, event management and catering among others. Some of these people have become small scale entrepreneurs while lack of start-up capital has remained a challenge to majority of them.
- EDUCATION- DHCBI sees education as the key to a better life and stronger economy. In its response to thousands of out of school youths due to armed conflicts and other vices, this Initiative has embarked on programs that will return them to qualify for admission to higher institutions or give them skills to escape unemployment, poverty or economic despair. In this program, dropouts and all other forms of school attrition are encouraged to return to classes to rewrite their SSCE while those that failed at their earlier attempts are re-registered and given refresher lessons to rewrite their exams. Many of whom have been admitted into tertiary institutions.
- HEALTH – Health is an essential ingredient for existence, survival and development of the human. In its health care support services, DHCBI has been engaging in out-break of disease surveillance, control and advocacy. Here, we rely on our interface with the locals and on our presence in the hinterland and urban suburbs to track any possible outbreak of diseases with a view to reporting it to the appropriate bodies for timely response. We also partake in distributions of medical supplies like mosquito nets, insecticides and food supplements to the vulnerable and malnourished as well as undertaking campaigns against hospital phobia and drug abuse.
- SHELTER- Another basic need of the individual to be able to realize his potentials is shelter. DHCBI has not only designed a low-cost housing model suitable to our rural settings but has also planned a skills training on the technical needs for the provision of these houses to the rural youths as a means of generating employment and ensuring capital flight to such communities.
- WATER/SANITATION- Millions of people lack access to clean water and a larger number access to modern sanitation, putting them at the risk of diseases. DHCBI assists as implementing partner to major actors in this sector for the provision of sanitary amenities and knowledge to the vulnerable in the urban suburbs and the rural areas. We are poised to the provision of Wells, boreholes and wash bores, earth dams, latrines and drainages in addition to public campaigns on good hygiene habits.
- AGRICULTURE- Eighty percent of poor people in Nigeria live in rural areas where scourge of hunger, poverty and malnutrition threatens the peace and prosperity of millions, Revitalizing agriculture is the surest way to fighting hunger and strengthening food security as a means of protecting the vulnerable populations. DHCBI in its humanitarian assistance targets small holder farmers who are mostly women to build shared progress and prosperity amongst people through encouraging the use of modern farming method, promotion of local processing and packaging of surplus perishable farm products like onions and tomatoes for storage and marketing.
- HUMAN RIGHT:- Exclusion or marginalization of the citizen lies at the root of poverty in any environment. Protection and promotion of the right of a person therefore contributes much in making him realize his potentials. To enable individuals develop to maximum of their capabilities DHCBI gives much emphasis to assist in fight of human trafficking, child labor, sexual harassment, medical experimentation and gender inequality in the society.
- ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE:- Effort to free people from poverty cannot be complete without giving due consideration to climate change as it hurts the poor most. Helping communities better manage and benefit from their resources therefore becomes one of our major concerns. We support land tenure policies, fight deforestation, protect biodiversity as well as mitigate the effect of climate change and strengthen the resilience of the concerned communities to absorb climate shock.