UN House Nigeria
Inspired by his stay at Green College, Sunday Ibobor returned to his community of Unumebu in Nigeria with plans to begin building capacity for social and health programs through founding the community led NGO Unmuebu Neighbourhood House (UN House). Working with the Green College Outreach Committee, UN House was brought to the attention of faculty members, residents and guests attending the annual college welcome gala in September. A brief presentation provided information on UN House Recent Projects within the small community of approximately 6,000 people in the volatile Delta Stat of Nigeria.
UN House has a lot of work ahead as they serve a community where nearly 95% of the local population live below the national poverty line. Projects that are underway include community development soccer league for young boys and girls, a transportation company servicing the surrounding major city centres, and educational initiatives. Their newest endeavour is a community health initiative focusing on providing clean safe drinking water and planning a community health assessment to address the most prevalent health issues.
Green College members and affiliated faculty showed their support for UN House by donating approximately $400 for UN House projects. The organization expressed its heartfelt gratitude for assistance in their goals as they wrote,
We are thanking the University of British Columbia, Green College Residents and Faculty, for supporting the activities of Umuebu Neighbourhood House, during the recent Green College Gala.
The future goals for UN House are to strengthen the bonds with Green College and to build a network of those interested in contributing to their goals. This small NGO is making big steps by partnering with Green College, as well as other national and international partners to continue strengthening their community.
Those interested in understanding more about recent and ongoing UN House projects, or would be interested in supporting any initiatives, please visit www.umuebu.org.
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