‘Lift Above Poverty’ ferries 24.7m persons out of poverty

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Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) says it has enhanced the socio-economic and health conditions of 24,717,347 community members across the country with its services in 2017.

Chairman, Board of Directors, Dr. Osarenren Emokpae, stated this recently in Lagos at the organization’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the financial year ended 31st. December 2017, adding that its financial subsidiary, Lift Agricultural and Rural Development Initiative (LARDI) supported 64,899 rural farmers with N5.6 billion during the year.

Dr. Emokpae said 2,237,476 persons were empowered with health and social development training, Information, Education and Communication (IEC) publications while 22,479,871 benefitted from the LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) project in Lagos, Imo, Abuja, Rivers and EdoState through screening and media awareness.

The Board Chairman expressed LAPO’s commitment to improving the lives of community members and building the capacity of women to challenge and resist harmful socio-cultural structures and processes that limit their progress and enjoyment of good life.

He emphasized that social and health empowerment programmes have always been an integral part of LAPO’s poverty reduction strategy, stressing that there can be no meaningful development without women involvement and inclusion in the development process.

He said the organization delivers innovative health, social empowerment and financial services to target beneficiaries and expressed gratitude to LAPO Microfinance Bank Limiterd and other organizations that have been part of the history and success story of the development organization over the years.

Improves social, health status of over 135 community members

In October 2017, Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) improved the lives of 135,537 women and other community members with social and health services across the country.

A beakdown of the total figures indicates that 33,805 persons were reached with direct health, social and legal sensitization in target communities while others benefitted through Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials.

The Executive Director, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo expressed the organization’s commitment to the social, health and economic empowerment of the poor and vulnerable people especially women in Nigeria, bringing gender issues to wider attention, recognizing and promoting women’s contributions to societal development.

She enumerated ill-health, poor nutrition, discrimination, low self esteem, ignorance, social exclusion and gender inequity among social issues addressed by LAPO to address the non-credit causes and manifestations of poverty in the society

Idowu-Osehobo said LAPO has been improving community health for more than two decades and promoting community awareness on hygiene, handwashing, hypertension, diabetes and nutrition, importance of regular medical check-up and implications of self-medication.