Placida is a youth focused peacebuilding program designed to pacify socially excluded war orphans in Nigeria.Placida which could mean tranquil, calm, serene, or peaceful in different languages around the world is a subsect of Soulace Africa war orphans and Widow’s development program. Otherwise called war orphans advocacy programme.
Handling loss of parent or parents creates a bunch of emmotional and economic hiccups for young people. In our society, less attention is given to bereaved youth. This neglect further create bubbles of anger, confusion, depression and uncertainty which could translate into violent conflict if not addressed. Subsequent to the loss of their breadwinners, youth are being saddled with the responsibility of an adult. We refer to this as malady of change. Often times orphans become responsible for the support and up keep of their siblings and families at their own expense when they themselves are supposed bto be cared for. As a result of this, Many of the orphans unavoidably drop out of school to take menial jobs.
In Nigeria 98% of first child in their teenage years in war torn families dropped out of school as a result of livelihood difficulties to support their families. Thereby finding solace in social vices such as alcoholism, drug abuse, violent conflict etc. Placida program is designed to help affected youth overcome their loss while providing them opportunity for transformation such as;
- Apprenticeship and entrepreneurship opportunity.
- Educational scholarship and supports.
- Mentoring and leadership training.
- Placidium – Youth arm of Soulace Survivor Network.
We offer 3-months intensive training project that aim at equipping participants with vocational and entrepreneurship skill in African fabric art (Tye and Dye) and sustainable agricultural. We also facilitate apprenticeship with credible trainners in other technical areas of endeavour.
Albeit, we embrace youth who cannot continue their education and ensure they are back to school through scholarship opportunity and other educational support. Veterans orphans are also encouraged to acquire a skill while pursuing career in educational institutions. This is in a bid to make them productive after their course of study and to avert unemployment.
Placida boot camp also provide opportunity for networking, mentoring, innate peace-building, transformative storytelling. We expose our participant into meditation, nonviolence and other conflict transformation techniques that will help them live a violent free live in their communities.
Placida Aims and Objectives
- To empower war orphans with vocational skill in African fabric design and Sustainable agriculture.
- To foster the use of acquired skill for the purpose of gainful self employment and decent income generation.
- To help checkmate the spiral of conflict that could be initiated as a result of government neglect, irresponsibility and exclusion of the left behind in Nigeria through innate peacebuilding.
- To creatively curb vicious cycle of poverty, ease tension amongst war affected persons and families.
- To positively influence the perception of war orphans and to reposition them as peace advocate using their victimhood positively, thereby building a resilient and responsible people in the society.
The target beneficiaries are vulnerable veterans’ orphans between the age of 10 – 30. They are often characterized with living in abysmal poverty without either skill or sustainable means of income generation. These individuals are excluded from government welfare benefits and palliatives and are prone to anger and bitterness as a result of the neglect
Goal & Outcome
- To train about 50 young veterans’ orphans in vocational and entrepreneurship skill acquisition.
- To foster the use of the newly acquired skill on small scale enterprise for the purpose of income generation and decent employment.
- To establish and link up orphans to the self-help group and cooperative called Soulace Survivor Network.
- Ensure that poverty is alleviated across beneficiaries’ families within 2 to 5 years.
- To create a paradigm shift in the society about the mental perception of and about orphans.
- To help young orphans transform from servitude to becoming a reference point in the society.