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Theory of Change

Ikeoha Foundation Theory of Change
For Building People and Empowering Local Communities

 

Vision

The Foundation envisions an equitable and peaceful society in which all individuals, families and communities have meaningful opportunities to improve the quality of their lives for themselves and future generations.


Mission
To provide for the basic educational and health needs of families living in poverty and below the radar of government-sponsored interventions. We do this through enhancing their access to quality education and healthcare, and by building their capacity to participate in mainstream social, political and economic activities of their communities in an environment free from human-made danger.


Our Core Beliefs

  • Access to information, and social amenities is a basic human right
  • Building people’s capacity to act for themselves is the basis of philanthropy
  • Human capital development is the surest way to expanding people’s life opportunities
  • All men and women have equal rights in society, contribute equally to societal development, and should have equal, unfettered, access to societal resources
  • We should carry out all our programme/project activities in a manner that will be environmentally sound, thereby leaving a part of today for tomorrow

Values

  • The resilience and long-term success of communities is dependent upon the existence of productive members.
  • Healthy communities – defined as those that are thriving socially and economically - will exhibit many of the following characteristics:
  • Robust civic engagement
  • High performing public schools
  • Successful small business owners
  • Residents with varying income levels
  • Safe public places, including parks, libraries and other recreational facilities
  • Access to professional services – doctors, lawyers, accountants
  • Access to natural resources
  • Livable wage job opportunities
  • Access to capital via traditional financial institutions
  • Focused philanthropy will help more poor people to become productive members of their  communities
    • Emphasis will be on eliminating root causes of social problems
    • We will seek partnerships to leverage the impact of our resources
    • Recognizing the need for discretionary funding

 

  • We believe that we can achieve the greatest impact by focusing our interventions in the following strategic categories:
    • Education
    • Health
    • Women and Youth Empowerment

 

Education

Challenges

  • High illiterate adult population
  • Students cut corners to pass exams due to poor motivation to learn and lack of confidence in their abilities
  • Cost of university education is a barrier to entry for many low-income students
  • Poor students are more likely to drop out of school
  • Demands for a new workforce to meet the challenges of a global economy is rapidly increasing

 

Assumptions

  • Education, particularly basic literacy, is a powerful tool for promoting opportunity, inclusion, prosperity and growth
  • A university education improves quality of life and lifetime earning power
  • An effective reward system will motivate students to pursue self-directed academic excellence and compete fairly and strongly in the global economy

 

Target Groups

  • Senior secondary school students
  • Undergraduate students from low-income families
  • Rural adults at the fringes of communal life due to illiteracy

Expected Outcomes

  • University education is accessible to disadvantaged students through scholarships, bursaries and other support programs
  • Students are confident of their abilities and are primed for academic excellence
  • Improved student achievement and life skills
  • Improved human capital in rural communities
  • Expanded economic opportunities in communities

 

Women and Youth Empowerment

Challenges

  • Cultural stereotypes deny women and youths marketable skills
  • Lack of skills and access to capital keep women and youths away from productive sectors of the economy
  • Lack of safety nets worsens the burden of poverty on vulnerable sectors of the population

Assumptions

  • Possession of skills broadens people’s opportunities to participate in mainstream social, economic, and political activities of their communities
  • Social welfare schemes can cushion the effects of poverty on vulnerable members of society
  • Access to capital can empower people to break out of poverty
  • Successes recorded by previously excluded members of society can help break down stereotypes

Target Groups

  • Young school leavers
  • Widows
  • The unemployed

Expected Outcomes

  • Women and young people are part of mainstream communal life
  • Reduced rate of poverty
  • Break down of gender stereotypes

 

Health

Challenges

 

  • High rate of morbidity is slowing down economic progress of local communities and keeping more people in poverty
  • High proportion of people in rural communities have limited access to public, basic healthcare
  • High maternal and child mortality disrupting community cohesion and functioning

Assumptions

  • Savings in disability-adjusted life years (DALY) can be invested to help poor people escape poverty
  • A population in good health can overcome poverty through innovation, entrepreneurship and increased productivity.

Target Groups

  • Rural dwellers
  • Children
  • Young people

Expected Outcomes

  • Increased life expectancy
  • Abundant, quality human resources
  • Improved maternal and child health


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