The Provision of Livelihood Opportunity as a Tool for Household Economic Resilience
Category : HES
In pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), economic empowerment has become a major tool. To eradicate the worst forms of poverty and enable families/households to meet basic and respond to emergency needs, basic economic empowerment strengths are required by households.
One of such economic strengths is Livelihood opportunity. It involves sourcing for jobs and linking caregivers to such jobs to allow for regular income. Also, creating jobs and engaging household heads and or caregivers to such jobs. Livelihood opportunity balances the need for availability of funds and ever-pressing basic needs of the family.
Over the years, Living Word Mission has collaborated with individuals and other organisations to provide livelihood opportunities to over 120 households. And this is one of such household that has benefitted from our humanitarian presence in several communities.
Having no sustainable means of livelihood, the family of Mrs Ogunleye had to resort to stringent resources to cater for their four children’s education and other needs. This led to rationing in the educational pursuit of the children as resources were limited and the caregiver had no viable means of livelihood. The difficulty encountered led to some of the children staying out of school till resources were available to fend for their needs.
Improving Comprehensive AIDS Response Enhanced for Sustainability (iCARES) is a 5-year (yearly performance-based) project funded by the Centres for Disease Control (DCD) and Prevention and Implemented by La Vie Mot Global Mission through the supervision of APIN Public Health Initiatives.
It aims at empowering households to attain sustained living. This project opened the opportunity to mitigate HIV/AIDS pandemic via sustainable interventions such as Household Economic Strengthening (HES) activities. Via this project, the Ogunleyes were enrolled in the program after which she (Mrs Ogunelye) was employed as a community volunteer. She was sensitised on the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programme and given the opportunity to work in this regard.
This was to enable her to provide for her children during and after the expiration of the project. As a result, she learnt new parenting, financial, child protection and health ideas for family upkeep. Similarly, she had regular monthly stipend from her volunteering work.
Mrs Ogunleye, through the livelihood opportunity provided for her, is now able to support her family and enrol her children in school up to tertiary level. And by being a community volunteer, her abuse of children has reduced drastically as she has learnt a lot on child protection and parenting.
In her words, she said
with the salary I am earning now, I am able to send my children to school – and one is in the university. [Also], my husband and I are now aware of abuse, have reduced it and are encouraging others to do same.Mrs Ogunleye Ronke
If the heads (parents, caregivers, guardians) of vulnerable households/families are empowered, it will have a long-run effect on their children and help most of them become economically resilient.
The major goal of OVC programmes is to ensure household sustainability, and Living Word Mission has used this strategy to provide livelihood opportunity to 119 other households across different communities. This has helped to reduce the vulnerability levels of some families who are now economically resilient and able to respond to emergency needs.