Prikkle Educational Initiative (Prikkle Academy) has sown a seed of development in Mbagishi Community of Benue State, Nigeria. We have been able to identify the assets, strengths and potentials in this community. We did not just talk about the gifts and resources, but, we also mobilized it into tangible social solutions such as making of peanuts and the creation of bamboo solar lamps.
These are just a few social solutions that we have created from a vast store of talents and skills that we found in Mbagishi Community and we are happy to be part of the other development efforts that has kickstarted in this community.
It has been difficult for the work of Prikkle Academy not to be heard and seen by other people from other parts of the world. People are excited about the possibilities we are creating in communities through education and by focusing on what is strong in a community rather than what is wrong.
Our Collaborative Community Programs has been the talk of the town because of the huge influence of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) approach that we use to engage communities for growth and to thrive.
Therefore, we have decided to allow other communities within Nigeria to have a bite on our work and see how they can also adapt this beautiful approach to develop their community. Therefore, in June 2016, we identified a grassroots organization in Kwara State, Nigeria called Afon Volunteer Initiative (saddled with the objective of creating meaningful change within and outside Afon Community in the areas of Education, Health and Sustainable development).
They are delighted with our work; we had a meeting with the team, and we designed a roadmap together to see the possibility of learning and sharing the Asset-based Community Development (ABCD) approach with the youths of their community.
All plans to set our Collaborative Community Program in motion were smooth. Prikkle Academy met with all the community stakeholders, and they were all excited about the program.
July 20, 2016: The Program started Afon Community, Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State, Nigeria with 25 participants. It had been an excellent experience for us. We have been learning, relearning and unlearning a whole lot through our interaction with this beautiful community and the youths that are there as well.
On all our Social Media Channels (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+ and recently, Instagram), you can easily follow and engage with our frequent updates of how we are progressing in empowering this community to transform their education, talents, skills, assets and potentials into sustainable social solutions.