Community Advancement Initiative for Self-Reliance (CAI4SR) is a Non-government and not-for-profit organization based in Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria. [Read More]
Championing the course of women, children and persons with disabilities through innovative programmes to ensure protection and promotion of human rights and attainment of their full potentials.
A world where everyone enjoys human rights as a pathway to development.
A society in which failure is a matter of choice and not denial of rights .
CAI4SR... "pathway to self reliance"
Programme: Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health Right, Civic Engagement. [Read More]
CAI4SR secured a three – year funding from the Christoffel Blinden Mission (CBM) UK implemented through CBM Nigeria on the prevention of avoidable blindness amongst children from age 0 to 14.Read More
CAI4SR gender-based violence strategy has been basically to raise awareness about gender base violence in the society.
As part of civil society engagement for the 2019 general elections, CAI4SR partnered with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to embark on community mobilisation in some LGAs, Osun state, Nigeria.Read More
Community Advancement Initiative for Self-Reliance (CAI4SR) is a Non-government and not-for-profit organization based in Osogbo, Osun State. The aim of the organization is to champion the course of the oppressed and voiceless in Nigeria and beyond through innovative programmes and projects for awareness raising and sensitization on Human Rights and its implication for development. Our primary targets are women, children and persons with disabilities. The organisation was founded in the year 2009 but registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on November 7, 2014.
Marvellous is a seven-year-old boy who had to repeat classes twice in a public primary school because he had a visual impairment. Marvellous is the fifth child of seven children born to Sunday and Bose Olaoye. Marvellous lives with his family in the underserved town of Otan-Ayegbaju, Boluwaduro Local Government Area of Osun State. Marvellous struggled with his academics as well as day to day activities because of his visual impairment and was unable to access eye health services because his parents could not afford the cost of treatment. Marvellous’ mother is a petty trader and his father work on a small patch of land growing cassava as their means of livelihood, supporting seven children from the marginal income earned from the sales of their food produce. READ MORE
Mary Adebisi is eight year old girl and a primary 2 pupil of Methodist Elementary school, Isale Aro, Osogbo, Osun state. She was diagnosed of having low vision impairment and could hardly see tiny object both in school and at home. Mary is the third child out of four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Adebisi. Mary struggled with her academics as she could barely see far object which she had to move very closely to the board before she could see what is written on the board because of her low vision impairment, but now she can see clearly with the aid of the low vision devices given to her free of charge from the SiB project.Mary’s father is a retired teacher who hardly receives his monthly pay from the government and due to this he had to withdraw all his children from private school to public school to make earn means for the family.
The case of Sesan Akinola, a 6-year-old boy who also lost sight in both eyes was not very different from Mariam’s. He was playing with his friends and one of them poured sand in his eyes. His father, an old farmer did not have the money for the surgery. “They told us that Sesan needs operation but I don’t have money. I wish to treat him but I’m helpless,” he said. Following this unfortunate developments, little Sesan and Mariam became potential members of the league of Persons with Disability (PWD) in Nigeria. The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) in Nigeria has 25million members. Considering the cases of these helpless children, if care is not taken, the number could keep rising. A social service specialist, Mrs Akintunde Oluwatoyin said many children cause serious harm to their eyes while playing with friends and that majority of them would not inform their parents unless the pain becomes unbearable. Akintunde who is the Programme Officer of Community Advancement for Self Reliance (CAI4SR), a non profit and nongovernmental organization in Osogbo said eye problems in many children are detected when they are physically seen and that the situation would have become worse at that stage.
The Executive Director of CAI4SR, who is the Programme Coordinator of SiB, Mrs Eni Ayeni said in order to ensure prompt eye treatment in Osun State, low vision devices worth 10 million Naira were provided for the State Specialist hospital Asubiaro in Osogbo and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Hospital Ipetumodu which are the two focal secondary facilities for the project in the state. She said, “In this programme, we have trained over 551 teachers across elementary and middle schools, 110 traditional birth attendants (TBA), 55 general nurses and mid-wives and 221 Community Health Extension Workers on child eye health across the 30 local government areas. We also trained three optometrist and three ophthalmic nurses on Low Vision and child eye health. We also ensured the inclusion of eye health in the harmonized strategic health plan of the Ministry of Health.” “By January 2020, the project will come to an end. I wish it continues because there are many children in the hard to reach communities in the state that we are yet to reach. Most of the serious cases are hidden in such communities. I call on the state government, well-to-do members of society and donors to support this project. CAI4SR has the capacity to implement more of such projects to other states. SiB project is a project to be replicated,” Ayeni said.
In February, Essilor’s social impact fund, Vision For Life (VFL) and Community Advancement Initiative for Self-Reliance (CAI4SR) launched our first vision center in the state of Osun, Nigeria.According to our Eliminating Poor Vision in a Generation report, Nigeria is among the top ten countries with the largest population of people suffering from uncorrected poor vision. Therefore this vision center situated in the town of Oshogbo is very welcome as it will provide sustainable access to vision correction to 200,000 residents and contribute towards the elimination of poor vision in the area.
Opened in conjunction with CAI4SR’s 10th anniversary and commemorated by a free screening event, the vision center is housed within the NGO’s premises. It will provide free refraction screenings and affordable glasses from our 2.5 New Vision Generation (2.5 NVG) range.
Founded in 2009 by Mr and Mrs Ayeni, CAI4SR focuses on championing women, children and persons with disabilities. The NGO has developed many different kinds of outreach and mobilization programs to serve the rural communities in Osun, including initiatives that create access to vision care.
VFL and CAI4SR joined forces six months ago to establish this vision center, and VFL will continue to support future screening initiatives for children led by CAI4SR in the state.