ADVANCE Training of Trainers workshops are a way to empower the members of the church and society to participate in activities that affect them and to access the information, skills and services they need to protect their health, improve their standard of living and pursue a better quality of life.
Our various projects are designed to focus on addressing critical issues that affect children, women and men in poor communities and among vulnerable populations in Nigeria. In order to effectively do this, we train church leaders and workers and community volunteers to help sustain the impact of our work. Our training programmes enable participants to return back into their communities and help alleviate individual and collective vulnerability to HIV and AIDS, abuse, and social injustices. Over 300 volunteers and 9 paid staff strive to provide a comprehensive and integrated range of spiritual, education, life-skills, HIV/AIDS, health promotion, and support services in the communities where we serve.
In the United Evangelical Church, ADVANCE plays a leadership role by setting standards of excellence in program and service delivery, and by working with church policy makers to address complex ethical and socio-economic issues. Some of key priority areas working with the church include:
Increasing churches capacities for effective HIV/AIDS prevention, improvement of child wellbeing, gender equality, empowering women, and ensuring stigma and discrimination reduction
Enhancing churches engagement with orphans and vulnerable children, widows and at-risk women, and people living with HIV and affected populations.
Promoting opportunities for learning, discipleship, income generation, education and dissemination of information and resources.
Sustaining and improving the effectiveness of programs and interventions within and outside the church for the benefit of the general society.
ADVANCE has achieved a great deal in the five years since her inception. Excellent teams are active in seven areas and in twelve other areas teams are active and working. Thousands of lives have been protected by the reception of HIV prevention training and the uptake of free HIV testing. Thousands of people living with HIV and AIDS have found comfort and support in the first days of learning they had HIV and practical and ongoing counselling in the days and years following their diagnosis.