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Overall project goal: Mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on vulnerable children and their households in Lagos State, through multipronged approaches.

Beneficiaries: Children Living with HIV (CLHIV), HIV Exposed Infants, Children of Persons Living with HIV (CPLHIV), Children Of key Populations, Survivors of Violence Against Children (SVAC), At Risk Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW), Adolescents Girls and Boys (9-14 years)

The beneficiaries continue to receive age-appropriate and sub-population specific support

The project is sponsored by USAIDS, monitored by ARFH and implemented by HFA; the project sponsors currently carry the cost of the HFA office and staff

Project duration 2020-2025

Pre-School: Center to provide early child education to the children of sex workers

Background: Ijora-Badia is a slum community with virtually no modern infrastructure except for the dilapidated rail line that passes through the area. Ijora-Badia is home to thousands of commercial sex workers who ply their trade day and night, beckoning potential customers from doorways.
Virtually every house in the community houses sex workers. Poor drainage and sanitation facilities leave a permanent foul odour at the bustling market and most residents must wade through several refuse dumps to reach their destinations. Inadequate public power supply means that noise and fumes from generators permanently fill the air, along with blaring music from the numerous brothels and film houses. None of this deters the slum's numerous commercial activities, the most important of which is prostitution.

Project Management

Nursery and a Primary School for up to 300 children

Background: Ilaje Bariga is an overcrowded slum situated in Bariga LCDA of Lagos State populated by the “poorest of the poor”. Most houses built in Ilaje Bariga are shanties or simple houses constructed of wood situated on- or off-shore of the Lagos Lagoon. Family size is up to 10 persons living in a modest 1-room space. Infrastructure is very poor due to lack of government support in the area: No running water, electricity only for a few hours/day, no paved roads, no sanitation/toilets, no garbage collection, no public schools. Most children are not going to schools due to the inadequate number of available schools, inability to pay schooling fees and low parents involvement. The purpose of the project is to bring children back to school and help them to break the circle of poverty. Schooling and a daily meal will be provided free of charge.

The HFA HIV/AIDS Telephone Hotline can be reached 24/7 and provides effective, action-based, accurate information on the following subjects:

Life-saving and timely information about HIV/AIDS to every caller in confidence

Emotional supports on related issues

Counseling services to callers on HIV/AIDS gender imbalances and rights and other sexual matters

Adequate and correct referral information to appropriate community-based services as well as Public/Government Agencies

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