CREATING A GENERATIONAL IMPACT: The Guavagiving Initiative
The world we live in today is a product of past impact and investments from people who have existed centuries and years before now, it is not far fetched to conclude that our actions today form the building blocks for the structures of our tomorrow. The fundamentals of nation-building and societal development are rooted in human capacity development, ideas rule the world and these ideas are enacted by people.
The idea behind making an impact goes beyond personal or immediate needs, we seldom place emphasis on how our decisions will impact generations after us, we display an inclination to meeting the necessities of the present and turning a blind eye to future effects. Our society is faced with issues unresolved and research has shown that without prior intervention there will be no significant change hence transcending to the next generation.
Let us examine key projects that could go a long way to create a generational impact on our society
1. Impact via the garment industry: The garment industry was once a vibrant sector of the Nigerian economy, as reported by the united nations the Nigerian textile industry ranked third largest in Africa in the 1970s employing thousands of Nigerians, taking a look at the textile industry today a larger percentage of textile materials are imported and to this effect, the textile industry barely has a ground to thrive.
With an increased interest in the fashion industry so many graduates have mastered the craft of making clothing designs but lack financial support, the guava-giving initiative believes there is an opportunity for growth in the textile sector and aims to provide support, educate, train and empower individuals who want to build a career in this sector
2. Impact through Agriculture: The agricultural sector offers abundant social and economic benefits to the Nigerian economy, with the increased population there is a corresponding increase in demand for agricultural products. Over the past 2 years, there has been a popular trend of Agrictech initiative where investors sponsor farm projects via a corporate website such as farmcrowdy, greenfoldfarmprojects, porkmoney, hocorn and many more.
The investors are usually entitled to a certain percentage after a certain agreed period of time or after harvest, this initiative has gone a long a way to improve the livelihood of farmers, boost food production, and create employment in the agricultural sector. The guava-giving initiative aims to support active partners by investing in their agricultural businesses and progress from start-up to the expansion, ensuring fair trade, respectable earnings and returns.
3. Impact through education: The educational sector aims to train, develop and equip the minds of young people towards self-reliance, productivity prowess and value addition, education plays a major role in impacting and transforming individuals or a group people. Meanwhile, over the years we discovered the girl child suffered a huge with regards to education in the northern part of Nigeria, these constraints been socio-economic and socio-cultural practices limited the girl child from reaching her full potential and becoming a resource to her self and her society.
Guava Giving perceives this as a societal dysfunction and aims to provide support for basic numeracy skills, formal educational support, apprenticeship, IT skills, and mastery training. This will enable skill development, transferable skills and supplementary training for established schools and classrooms.
4. Impact through health training: A basic knowledge about medical principles and equipment handling can go a long way to save a life especially in critical cases when hospitals are not easily accessible. With exposure to basic healthcare training courses, we can curb the severity of ailments and injuries, just like the red cross society who train individuals to perform first aid treatments to ease the effect of n injury just before the patient is taken to the hospital.
Guava Giving focuses on offering basic first aid training, minor ailment training, basic health promotion, health awareness and prevention, this also includes signposting training, the importance of preventive measures, healthy lifestyle promotions, community clinics and local hospital contacts
5. Impact through community health screening: Most communities in Nigeria lack access to regular healthcare services, this has contributed largely to negligence with regards to personal self-care, people are becoming aware of their health status thereby posing a high risk of health dangers. Guava Giving aims to conduct Body mass index (BMI), Blood pressure (BP), Cholesterol and diabetes checks for locals, preventive health education for the community work closely with clinics and hospitals for capacity, referral counselling and follow up.
6. Impact through water projects: Access to clean water supply remains an indispensable factor in community development, however, this has become a challenge for many Nigerians in the rural communities contributing largely to the prevalence of water-borne diseases, poor irrigation systems, unhealthy environments, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. Guava Giving focuses on financing water projects that will provide a portable source of water safe for consumption and other domestic uses.
Conclusion: The quest to create a generational impact involves practical steps taken to change the status quo of the society, given a holistic view, the government, NGOs, social enterprises, humanitarians, philanthropists, private institutions, society leaders etc all have a role to play in generational transformation.