The Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), with support from MacArthur Foundation, has aided 31 young people in Kano State with a sum of N5.3 million so that they may contribute to tackling the spread COVID-19 by engaging members of their communities.
Ali Sabo, CITAD’s communications officer, said on Monday that the youth had been trained on how to organise step-down training in the communities to encourage the public to present themselves for testing.
He added that 120 young people were trained online for 10 days and 31 were funded after their proposals had been reviewed.
“Participants were encouraged to write and submit proposals on how they will spread awareness in the society and 31 qualified. The maximum sub-grant to an individual is N170,000, and guidelines have been provided to guide the training,” Sabo said.
He encouraged the participants to work according to the mandate given to achieve significant results. He also asked them to sustain their advocacy and community engagement even after the training.
Speaking to HumAngle, some of the beneficiaries expressed their appreciation for the financial support.
“I feel very glad and overwhelmed. The sub-grant is a form of motivation to me that the world watches the impact I make in my own little ways and I should continue to do more of it,” enthused Abdul-Aziz Musa Etudaye.
“Being selected from a pool of applicants to be part of the over 100 trainees and, later, selected out of it to be part of the 31 sub-grantees is a huge reason to be happy and grateful.”
Etudaye said the pandemic has adversely affected many people in Kubomtso, Kano, where he is from, and he hoped to contribute to making life easier for them. His plan is to empower young residents of the community through training on entrepreneurship “so that their susceptibility to the negative impact of the pandemic can be mitigated”.
Another beneficiary, Isma’il Auwal, said the grant from CITAD and MacArthur has motivated him to work more effectively and promised to conduct follow-ups after his campaign in order to sustain impact.