The Encouragers Ministry, a Christian Para-Church organization, is undertaking a project for the Youth in Nigeria. The main target for this project is College Students. There is a lot of frustration among this group because of the severe neglect of governmental authorities. The educational structure, once the pride of Africa, has become run down both physically and academically. A few mainly Christian private Schools are trying to provide some viable alternative but because of the endemic corruption in the country and also because this has been a recent development, this private sector has not had much impact. In the meantime, the Youth are being recruited into cults, advanced fee fraud activities for which Nigeria has become notorious, and which thrive especially in the cities and the oil prospecting areas of Nigeria.
The vision of the ministry for the Youth is summed up by the Rescue Mission slogan: Transforming the Nation, one Youth at a time.We are recruiting Youth into what we have called the Daniel’s Band. The Daniel’s Band is a group of Youth determined to stand against corruption even if it means they remain alone in their community or on their job. The Rescue Mission House is a place of meeting for prayers and fellowship; but it is also a place of training in secular skills such as
(1) Training to upgrade their skills in computer software and hardware
(2) Training in entrepreneurship
(3) Training in resume writing and presentation skills
(4) Training in peaceful community development activities
(5) Relationship building
(7)Training on peaceful ways of standing for your rights in a civic democratic society.
We will maintain a data bank of organizations interested in recruiting honest workers who would shun corruption etc. The Rescue Mission support service to the Youth includes advocacy and free legal defense.
Now we need help to move on.
We plan to produce a Youth Journal titled: Rescue: Transforming the Nation one Youth at a time. This is a planned 25-page journal aimed at providing a forum for the Youth to express themselves and which will focus on Youth issues, national and local. We need advertisements from Youth oriented producers to pay for the cost of the journal.
The Journal is scheduled to be launched on December 13, 2008 at a Christian Musical Jamboree at the University of Lagos stadium. We plan to produce 10,000 copies to be distributed at a nominal donation. We need substantial financial donation to make this possible.
Also we require, at the utmost urgency, the following items at our Rescue Mission Headquarters for a necessary and effective secretarial backup for this all important project:
• At least a computer, a Printer, a Scanner, a photocopier and a fax machine
• Needless to say we do need a powerful generator
• A refrigerator
As a National Movement to recover and preserve the soul of Nigeria under God, we promise to deliver the following:
1. Provide you with a receipt for every contribution which you make to us in cash or in kind
2. Give an account every year to all contributors, every assistance obtained as well as give an account of how these contributions had been expended or put to use in the course of the year.
Donations to us are tax exempt as per Tax Exemption Certificate # 233679. PLEASE WRITE YOUR CHEQUE PAYABLE TO: The Encouragers Inc.
Office in the United States:
266 Malden Turnpike
Saugerties New York NY 12477
Tel: 845-247-3980 Fax: 718-561-3217
Office in Nigeria:
The Encouragers (Rescue Mission House)
23 Oke-Afin Street
Telephone: +234 01 879 4148 / +234 802 301 3828