Working with our partner Village Earth, a US based non-governmental organisation, the Wellbeing Trust has set up a pilot programme in Kwara State, Nigeria, which is designed to combat rural poverty in a sustainable way. The pilot project is called the Alaafia Rau Project.
The Alaafia Rau Project is a fresh approach to stimulating and sustaining village development through training, capacity building, and skills acquisition, providing participatory cross-linkages and a multiplier effect - a road map to a brighter, more equitable future for the rural and urban poor in society.
Our mission is to achieve sustainable village-based development by connecting communities with global resources through training, consulting, monitoring and evaluating, and networking.
The Village Earth model was created as a result of more than 40 years of intensive field research and development theory. Using the Village Earth approach, many marginalised communities in rural areas of Azerbaijan, Nepal, India, Peru and many others have overcome economic, political, environmental and social development constraints by working closely with the private sector, public universities, governmental agencies, and non-profit or non-governmental organisations.
The Wellbeing Foundation is seeking to adopt the Village Earth Model in Kwara State by establishing Resource Access Units/ Service Centres in each of Kwara’s 16 Local Government Areas; with training and consulting to be provided by Village Earth.
The Service Centres will assist villagers to access much needed resources and build their own capacity to become a self-sustaining community. In addition, the Service Centres will provide an important network platform, reaching deep into each community, to enable the channelling aid of and assistance.