Youth Challenge 2010

NARRATIVE REPORT

Youth Challenge is an event organized each year which consists of a number of segments. It gives a platform for corporate businesses to expand their horizon by promoting themselves. At the same time give these corporations opportunities to provide information about them in order to attract employees which mean as part of the programme “kissaru-job expo” a large population of the community gets exposure to prospective employment opportunities. Different types and levels of organizations take part in this event each year ranging from leading communication agencies like Dhiraagu and Wataniyya, resort chain operators such as Soneyvafushi resort and Spa, broadcasting agencies , government (different areas in the Ministry of Youth and Sports), health and beauty care saloons, Information technology providers, NGO’s and many more.

In addition, an important part of the Youth Challenge is the element of giving information on prospective higher education opportunities from well established institutions from other countries, with the chances of achieving scholarships. Overall the atmosphere created is a happy youth friendly and rich environment where both the exhibitors and the visitors are mutually benefited. This year the Youth Challenge was held from 8th – 10th April from 15:00 to 23:00hrs.

Why participate in the Youth Challenge?

Society for Health Education initiated the participation in collaboration with different NGO’s together in this event. This is to give chance for the other NGO’s to take part in the event and at the same time to give a strong and effective image of the NGO’s involved to the general public as there is an overlap of the thematic concerns of most of the NGOs involved. To further enhance this joint effort, management at SHE secured a huge area of 5 stall sizes to conduct the activities.

The other participant NGOs are Care Society, Journey and SWAD. At the initial stage, after consulting with the NGOs an organizing team was determined. This team carried forward several meetings and discussions from the set up of the designated area to the activities to be carried. The team agreed to represent themselves as “NGO Zone” to show the collaborative effort of the 4 NGOs.

The organizing team in SHE; Hawwa Afrau, Naushan Muhaimin and Ramsha A.Sattar estimated the budget for the 3 day event for Rf 4904 and the management approved the amount.

1.     Activity Details

Activities conducted in the NGO Zone:

As the area designated for “NGO Zone” covers the area of 5 stalls, the team had comfortable space to implement the activities. The aim of the team is to provide public information on the topics of sexual and reproductive health, drug abuse, HIV/STI’s, thalassaemia, Autism, Down’s syndrome, learning disabilities and multiple disabilities through different active games. The main activities are:

  • Providing Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) services.
  • Snake and ladder.
  • High risk game.
  • Candy game.
  • High risk game.
  • Alphabet game.
  • Information desk representing each NGO.

Whenever anyone participate in any game, he/she is provided with a pack of IEC materials from all the NGOs and also goodies like flip-flops, CD pack and pouch bag produced from the print media campaign, “HIV ah hurass alhamaa”.

Achievements:

  1. Relationship strengthened between the 4 NGOs of SHE, Care Society, Journey and SWAD.
  2. An estimated 762 people entered the stall of “NGO Zone”, which was above our expected
  3. 42 people got VCT service.
  4. 143 people checked their blood pressure and weight from the stall.
  5. The budget was well estimated for the event.

 2.     Constraints

 Challenges/ lesson learnt:

  • Limited time was given to decorate and arrange the stall before the inauguration of the event. But due to the collaborative effort of the NGO’s the whole team was able to shape the stall effectively creating a learning plus fun environment just within roughly 8hours.
  • Slight disagreement formed over the duty schedule of staff in SHE at the eleventh hour. But the problem settled without major changes, which would have created diversions in the budget.
  • Due to the fun, mutual atmosphere, even though the activities were laborious the whole team was in high spirits during the 3 day event.

 3.     Recommendations/ Feedback

Recommendations:

  • To conduct activities jointly with other organizations if possible, to enhance the quality and participation.
  • Like in this event, to hand over the total responsibilities to the organizers at the activity level with the needed guidance from the management.
  • If duty needs to be assigned for staff, to consult with the staffs involved first before assigning them to minimize the rate of absenteeism.
  • If any change needs to be made, to discuss with the organizer/ organizing team before finalizing the decision.

4.     Way Forward

To participate in events like the youth challenge which gives good exposure to our target groups even more in the future.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

No

Detail

Allocated Budget (MRF)

Actuals (MRF)

Variance (MRF)

Reasons for Variance

SHE

IPPF

Other

1

 Styroform board*4

380

160

0

0

+220

Based on a rough estimation

1.2

 glue*4

24

0

0

0

+24

Borrowed from GF

1.3

 posters

1000

1105

0

0

-105

Additional poster printed on canvas

1.4

 small plastic bags*240

50

45

0

0

+5

Based on a rough estimation

1.5

 Candy packets

135

231

0

0

-36

Based on a rough estimation

1.6

 Plastic cups*250

150

0

0

0

+150

Borrowed from UNODC

1.7

 Drinking water

135

90

0

0

+45

Based on a rough estimation

1. 8

 Color paper

20

35

0

0

-15

Based on a rough estimation

1.9

 Material for decoration

100

610

0

0

-250

Based on a rough estimation

2

 Double tape

60

53

0

0

+8

Based on a rough estimation

2.1

 Transport

500

330

0

0

+170

Based on a rough estimation

2.2

 Refreshments

1000

660

0

0

+340

Based on a rough estimation

2.3

 Miscellaneous

1000

375

0

0

+625

Based on a rough estimation

2.4

 Securing 5 stalls

26,021

10,409

0

0

+15,612

Although 5 stalls are taken, payment needs to be made for two stalls only at the rate of Mrf5204 per stall.
 TOTALS

30,925

14,103

0

0

+16,793

 

 Photo Gallery of activity

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