Grooming Centre and Sesor Empowerment Foundation renew partnership.

Dr Godwin Nwabunka, CEO, Grooming Centre and Ier Jonathan-Ichaver, Co-founder, SESOR Empowerment Foundation

Thursday, May 27, 2021 – Grooming People for Better Livelihood Centre renewed its partnership support to Sesor Empowerment Foundation (Sesor) by donating ₦14.13 million towards the provision of relief, funding and housing to the Internally Displaced Persons in Lagos and Benue States, as well as the ongoing work at the Sesor’s Safe Day Space; Centres designed to train the women in financial literacy and business management.

As part of the MOU signing ceremony which took place at the Grooming Centre, Head Office, Ejigbo, Lagos, a cheque donation of N14,250,000.00 was presented to Sesor Empowerment Foundation by Grooming Centre to support the foundation in its work with IDPs. The partnership, now in its 7th year, also moves to sustain the notable efforts made by Sesor Empowerment Foundation in providing nutritional & psychological support, financial independence, educational support, housing support, as well as the option of becoming full members of Grooming Centre with access to financial literacy training and financial support as they resume their normal lives.

of doing this is giving them .” Dr. Nwabunka said.The renewed partnership is set to sustain the notable effort made by the foundation in ensuring the stable and steady reintegration of IDP’s into the society. Through the partnership, the women will be trained in financial literacy and business management 

 
 
 
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New Facilities

Grooming Centre officially opened its 4-storey Learning Hub and the Staff Fitness Centre in a socially distanced gathering on Tuesday, December 15 2020. The Fitness Centre is the first of its kind at the Centre and a massive step towards promoting and improving health, wellness and work-life balance among staff members. The Fitness Centre will foster team building, reduce stress and boost productivity while the Learning Hub contains an e-library, workspace, audiovisual studio, as well as multiple seminar rooms, and will facilitate physical and virtual capacity building sessions for staff and the community. .

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Grooming Endowment Trust

Following a resolution of the 35th Session of the Governing Council, the Grooming Endowment Trust was set up to provide funding for the Centre’s expanding range of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) related initiatives, for the benefit of the Centre’s members and society at large. Incorporated in August 2020, the Trust will provide grants and investments in the areas of of education and capacity building, health, enterprise and community development, as well as venture formation and humanitarian relief. The governance and operational mechanisms for the Trust have been set up, and activities will commence in the first quarter of 2021.

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Grooming Talent Hunt 2020

The second edition of the Grooming Centre Talent Hunt held from 21st October -21st of November, 2020 at the Grooming Centre Multipurpose Hall. The Talent Hunt was created with the purpose of discovering talents and empowering the youth within the Ejigbo community, in Lagos, Nigeria. The event started with the open auditioning of over 100 performers from the community with 15 performers successfully moving to the next stage and finally, 6 performers at the Grand finale where Precious Mac Ebiama emerged as the winner while Yusuf Balogun and Otokpeya Ochuko Felix were the 1st & 2nd runners-up respectively.

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University Grant Scheme 2020

In furtherance of the Centre role in contributing to and promoting research and knowledge development in areas of social enterprise, microfinance, inclusive finance, poverty alleviation and rural development, the Grooming Centre University Grant Scheme provides research grants to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Nigeria. This year, the Centre’s Management increased the grant funding from N75,000 for undergraduates to N100,000 each, and N150,000 to N200,000 each for postgraduates and awarded 41 students, 13 undergraduates & 28 postgraduates, in a ceremony held on December 14, 2020.

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POSITIVE SYNERGY

As part of an overall value optimization strategy, the Centre and Grooming Microfinance Bank have been exploring areas of positive synergy in the Centre’s ecosystem. As such, the bank began providing banking services to 5 of the Centre’s branches in Ibadan in July 2020. Additionally, salaries for all Head Office staff were paid through the bank in August while salaries for all Oyo Programme Area staff will also be paid through the bank in September. The bank has made strides in the availability of e-channels with debit cards, internet and mobile banking for all of its customers.

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AWARD CEREMONY

The previously postponed award ceremony for the 2020 Lady Kate Okafor Scholarship Scheme was held on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. In strict compliance with social distancing guidelines, only 7 awardees alongside their mothers were in attendance to represent the 500 students awarded the scholarship. With a total of 861 beneficiaries since inception, the initiative aims to contribute to the education and development of children whose families are disadvantaged. In other educational initiatives, preparations for the 2020 Grooming Centre University Grant Scheme are ongoing. The Scheme will provide 150 undergraduate and postgraduate students with research grants.

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LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT PROGRAM

Grooming Centre, in partnership with SESOR Empowerment Foundation, provided financial training and disbursed N2,060,000 to 57 internally displaced women in Lagos as seed money for their microenterprises. The financial literacy training and disbursements held at the Sesor Safe Day Space in Lagos on the 16th and 23rd of July, 2020. The livelihood support programme is set to kick-off in Benue State in  a few weeks.

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SPLASH

The previously postponed 10th edition of the Grooming Centre Splash held on August 29, 2020 at the Grooming Centre Multipurpose Hall, which was adequately spaced out in adherence to social distancing guidelines. The 2020 Splash rewarded clients in each of the Centre’s 24 Business Zones with star prizes of 24 commercial tricycles (commonly called Keke), 58 deep freezers, 57 double door refrigerators, 58 5KVA generators, 81 Small fridges, and 106 2.5KVA generators. Overall, 384 clients across 24 Business Zones of the Centre won different prizes in this year’s edition of the Splash.

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MINI RETREAT

Following the Centre’s realignment, Senior Management and Programme Managers took part in a mini retreat from August 27th – 29th, 2020, to deliberate on strategies to improve productivity, reinforce team building, refocus on core values and redefine organizational priorities for sustainable growth. Key discussions centered on delivering the Centre’s mission within the new normal posed by the pandemic, as well as opportunities for digital innovation. The retreat provided a platform to engage, inspire and brainstorm execution strategies in a relaxed environment.