Dewdrop Foundation team paid an advocacy visit to the Town Union in Umuode community, Enugu State on Saturday, November 26th 2022. The objective of the visit was to introduce our 18-month Women Empowerment and Inclusive Governance project to them as one of the key stakeholders in the community, discuss the implementation strategies & expected outcomes and also to solicit the support of the cabinet towards the implementation of the project.

Our project on Women Empowerment and Inclusive Governance was introduced as an 18-month project funded by Oxfam through the Voice program in Nigeria. The project is a consolidation and up scaling of the outcomes of our previous Inclusive Governance project implemented in 2018 with an aim to build the leadership capacities of more women in the community to confidently participate in and take leadership roles, demand for and access resources especially land resources for economic empowerment. The project will be implemented using our GHEEES (Governance, Health, Education, Environment, Enterprise and Security) model for sustainable community development.

The project will adopt the strategy of leadership trainings and workshops for women to impact various leadership skills to them which will enable them to confidently identify the issues which they would want to address for community growth and development under the GHEEES model. This will help them to also track their progress and measure their outcomes. The team extended a formal invitation to the Igwe and cabinet members to the upcoming Inception meeting and also to the leadership trainings that will be scheduled, this is to make them better informed on the project activities and expected outcomes and also enable them to monitor the outcomes.

The Town Union President General, Hon. Emma Owube speaking on behalf of the council warmly welcomed the DDF team. He expressed his joy towards the project as it seeks to empower the women and in turn bring community growth and development to Umuode. He informed the team that his council currently has two women representatives in his council as one of the sustainable outcomes of DDF’s previous project on Inclusive Governance in 2018. He further stated that Umuode community is always receptive of all forms of positive developments that will impact positively on the people and bring about community growth and development.

The PG and members of the Town Union pledged to lend their support to the project. The PG asked that the women representatives in the council work hand in hand with the DDF team on the project especially with disseminating information about the project activities to the council. He further assured the DDF team of the support of the Town Union towards ensuring the project harvests sustainable outcomes. He assured us of the participation of the Town Union at the Project Inception meeting and other activities as duly informed.

The DDF team appreciated the Town Union President General and members of his council for granting us warm welcome and audience on our visit. Some traditional items were presented as a sign of appreciation.

• The project was introduced to the Town Union. The scope of the project was discussed and implementation strategies to be adopted were also discussed.
• A brief summary of the planned project activities was discussed.
• The Town Union council were informed about the upcoming inception meeting and a formal invitation extended.
• The Town Union President General welcomed the team and the project and pledged to lend their support to the project.

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