Education as a Vaccine (EVA)
Education as a Vaccine is a non-profit organization created in 2000 to improve the health and development of children and young people. EVA envisions a Nigeria where children and young people reach their full potentials and work to build and implement innovative and sustainable mechanism for improved quality of life for vulnerable children and young people.
Using child and youth friendly approaches the organization strengthens the capacities of children, young people and other stakeholders to facilitate and sustain social change in the area of health, protection and education through integrated programming.
The organizational programming priorities are aligned with Millennium Development Goals (2-6) with a focus on sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, child health and basic education. The organization has its headquarters in the Nigerian capital, Abuja and five field offices in Benue, Niger, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Kano and Cross River states. Since its establishment 15 years ago, the organization has successfully contributed to improvement in the health and development of children and young people in Nigeria.
The organization was founded on the premise that children and young people can play a significant role in development, if given the necessary resources. In line with this principle, EVA has full time staff and volunteers distributed across six states, who are mainly young people. These young people are directly responsible for developing intervention ideas and implementing the projects in the field. The utilization of this strategy has facilitated community entry and sustained the interest/participation of young people in its activities.
Education as a vaccine Against AIDS (EVA) was founded in October 2000 by two young, Nigerian-born women. Fadekemi Agarau (nee Akinfaderin) and Damilola Adebiyi went to the united states during childhood, where they remained through the completion of their undergraduate education at Wesleyan University.
After learning, towards the end of their college careers, about the AIDS epidemic affection their homeland, the women joined forces to combat the disease and the socio-cultural misconceptions surrounding it.
In December 1999, they took a trip together to Nigeria from the US and with the help of a healthcare consulting firm they were able to conduct formative research and the results revealed that a majority of young people lacked basic life skills necessary to prevent infection. In order to make their vision a reality Adebiyi and Akinfaderin decided to apply to the Echoing Green Foundation and were awarded one of their prestigious grants. They were able, with this generous gift and their own confidence and convictions, to turn their program ideas into an established organization. With a number of dedicated staff, assistance of volunteers and support from the community, EVA has been continuously growing and has become one of the most prominent and respected organization in the nation’s capital.See more