BECOLlN, a voluntary, non- governmental, non-profit organization, is the result of a unique partnership initiated by four professionals in 1998 - one human rights activist, one community development practitioner, and two public health practitioners - who had been working in rural Nigeria and had the frontline opportunity to experience the environmental degradation, disease burdens, social malaise, deprivation of human rights and unnecessary maternal and child deaths that characterize Nigerian society. Paradoxically, these situations can be prevented or controlled by simple measures. Most of these diseases are water/sanitation-borne and HIV/AIDS. These professionals organized several meetings and dialogues to find out sustainable ways of reducing these deplorable conditions and improve the well-being of the people. Hence, 1998, BECOLlN was formed to address the well-being and fundamental human rights of Nigerians.
BECOLlN was therefore challenged out of her substantial experience in teaching, health, environmental studies and belief in Equal Rights for All to design a support for community action to initiate and improve their own response to their real needs in a manner acceptable to their type and pace of development.
The philosophy of BECOLlN is based on the following principles:
The concept of what is Right: BECOLlN'S activities are guided by a concept of what is right and good for the people.
Community Good: BECOLlN’S efforts are charted towards community support and growth - to bring help and joy to the poor and especially the vulnerable groups through a wide range of human rights-focused activities.
Conducive Environment: BECOLlN believes in the philosophy that it is better to get 1 % from 100 people than 100% from one individual. To this end, a collaborative front of individuals and organizations will facilitate integrated strength and resources to address a common problem for community common good.
Equal Opportunity/Gender Equality: Opportunities are developed to allow every person regardless of previous experience or trainings, gender, or class, to increase his/her status, life and skills.
Human Rights: Our philosophy stems from our uncommon commitment to human right in accordance to Universal Declaration of Human Right by the United Nations 1948, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discriminations Against Women (CEDAW) and the Child Rights Act 2003 (CRA).
Our Vision is a world of total well-being and equal opportunity for all.
STRATEGIC MISSION STATEMENT
To facilitate innovative and sustainable services that enhance maximum health, fundamental human right, environmental sustainability/safety, community development and poverty reduction for all especially in disadvantaged areas.
The overall goals of BECOLlN are:
To accelerate action in health and Environmental Education in target communities for water/sanitation and Ecosystem Management and Coordination.
To promote occupational and industrial safety and health.
To promote rural agricultural development.
To promote maternal and child health.
To reduce rural poverty.
To mainstream HIV/AIDS into all BECOLIN development activities.
To promote/protect fundamental human rights for all.
We participate, we listen, we learn, and we do. Specifically, we are established to:
Strengthen community system for participation in community environmental health interventions with reference to increased capacity for water, sanitation and hygiene management.
Support the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation •of Community-based initiatives for reproductive health and child/maternal health.
Prevent and mitigate the impacts of HIV/AIDS particularly among vulnerable socially-excluded groups.
Strengthen and help/sustain the institutional capacity of government, Non-governmental, and Civil Society Organisations (NGOs) and communities to promote community well being.
To reduce gender equities.
Strengthen the skills of community-based health workers on primary health care strategies towards routine prevention/control of communicable and non-communicable/degenerative diseases.
Initiate capacity building for youths, and women for leadership and entrepreneurial development for sustainable livelihoods.
Undertake waste recycling as a viable option to waste management and wealth creation in Nigeria.
To strengthen innovative options for rural agricultural development for community well-being.
Design, and put in 'place an emergency response outfit which can reduce loss of lives, injury to people or damage to property through health, safety and security consciousness, and awareness/preparedness in homes, industries and workplaces.
Reduce child/maternal morbidities and mortalities
Control Environmental degradation/pollution
Organise district Health system/health Centre Management and co-ordination.
Strengthen campaign for community based modern agricultural development programmes.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Reaching the parts others can't reach through our passion to reach the hard-to-reach communities.
Promoting people-centered, gender - sensitive, sustainable developments.
THE OPERATIONAL STRATEGIES
Enhanced team spirit at all levels of the project life span (Strategic planning - grassroot planning with community needs as central).
Human rights-based and gender-based approaches that place priority on promoting, protecting and fulfilling the fundamental rights of women, children and youths and eliminate all forms violence against them.
Community participation/involvement through Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA)/ Participatory Learning and Action (PLA). Media. relation - including community media
Advocacy focused on priority groups living in poverty and disadvantaged/excluded communities.
Involving local partners.
Networking with relevant partners/organizations.
Effective programme packaging, documentation, reporting monitoring and evaluation.
Sustainable development. Projects are initiated and executed based on their sustainability and measurable impacts.
Building on lessons learnt to ensure high impacts and optimal outcomes.
BECOLlN constitutes teams that enhance our core values:
People-centeredness: Whether beneficiaries or partners, consumers or stakeholders or agents of change, people are BECOLlN's ultimate clients/targets.
Commitment to excellence: BECOLlN seeks to maintain the highest professional ethical standards at all times.
Commitment to impact: BECOLlN is working in a field that makes tremendous positive impacts in people's lives. Impacts justify project investments
Honesty, transparency, openness and fairness. BECOLlN commitment to fairness in dealing with all partners, clients, and staff requires that it admits limitations, learn from failures and act as a fair broker in providing information and advice to others. These are keys to human rights promotion.
Absolute integrity in all our programmes and activities.
Long range vision. Corporate decisions are based on long range perspectives of hard work, success and gender equality whose outcomes will outgrow the organization.
Gender equality in all our activities. This is the fundamental for sustainable development.
Social inclusion – for all including the physically challenged, the sick and people living with HIV/AID and all sectors and sections of the economy for sustainable coverage.
Promoting gender equality/human rights.
Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS, Malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases.
Understanding and preventing/mitigating conflicts.
Involving media network that places emphasis on local communications, publications, research and reports.
Promoting water/sanitation and environmental sustainability.
THE STAFF STRENGTH OF BECOLlN
BECOLlN's most valuable resource is its diverse and highly skilled staff. There are experienced staff in all thematic areas of operations. Our staff team combines community knowledge and the skills mix needed to serve local communities and to improve our learning agenda. Staff are pro-women and reflect the diversities of the cultures and traditions of our mandate areas. Equal opportunities are encouraged for all staff to attain great heights.
Staff supports each others' tasks to ensure a cross-fertilization and increase learning and professional growth opportunities for them. Normally, our project staff are considerably leveraged by working with external partners including supervisors, research fellows, and study groups and Embassies and funding organisations in Nigeria. In their quest for growth, our staff look for persons who possess the following skills:
Ability to establish collaboration and partnerships at all levels and a strong ability to comprehend and deal with diversity.
Ability to provide high value-added client support to influence policies and major investment projects by making the most of available knowledge, deploying analytical and problem-solving skills, and- using' persuasion and practical demonstration rather than taking over.
Analytical skills to structure field learning.
Ability to work in rural hard-to-reach communities voluntarily where human rights are difficult to access. Our staff/resource persons, in addition to work, experience and exposures, are skilled professionals in various fields of endeavour--community health education, sociology, community nursing/midwifery, teaching, maternal, child and environmental health/water/sanitation.
BECOLIN CAPACITIES TO IMPLEMENT PROJECTS
BECOLIN staffs have acquired profession capacity through training and on-the-job experience on HIV/AIDS by Global Fund Round 8/CISHAN and rural Water and Sanitation Services Agency (RUWASSA) repectively.
Apart from human resource capacity, BECOLIN has good materials resources outlay. It has a well placed office, centrally located in Ikenegbu District of Owerri, a beehive of business activities in town, and a functional internet system. We have efficient computers, print our mails and access/send out e-mails on daily basis from all parts of the world. We are globally connected. We have our office vehicles for community duties and female community nurses who undertake community-based assignments like women empowerment and home-based care/support for women, orphans and vulnerable children living with HIV/AIDS. BECOLIN has been on these programme HIV/AIDS and Water/Sanitation since 1998 of its inception (15 years).
BECOLIN was registered with CAC in 2008 (5 years) and with the Ministry of Public Utilities and Rural Development in 2004 (9 years).
On a particular note:
BECOLIN founder, Sanitarian Malachy Uchegbu, was the first HIV/AIDS Programme Officer in the Ministry of Health Owerri, Imo State in 1987 when the disease was first discovered in Imo State.
Uchegbu M. C. is a registered, licenced Environmental Health Officer, under the Environmental Health Officers Council of Nigeria Act 2002. He retired as Chief Community Health Officer and founded BECOLIN in 1999. Rural Community work is his second nature. BECOLIN is working in these programmes in Imo State and other States of the Federation.