I) Trustee Board (A four-member Board, two males and two females oversees the Centre’s affairs –under the Executive Director/Chairman: Rev. Iloh, Nicholas Kins (JP). Others include: Apostle Augustine Mgbo Matthew (Secretary), Deaconess ImeUffordIbanga (JP)-Welfare/Pension Director, and Pastor (Mrs.) Ofonime I. (II) Staff Strength: Executive Director-1; Secretary-1; Full-time Workers (Caregivers/Teachers)-15; Program manager- 1; Account officer- 1; (III) Community Representatives/Volunteers and special consultants - Doctors, nurses, Lawyers, social workers. REGIONAL FOCUS: Any 'At-Risk Family-Community of need' (mostly) Africa characterized by violence, wars, environmental health hazards, gross abuse and neglect.
1) To plan for the welfare support of children in need.
2) To provide care, protection and development programmes for children.
3) To develop strategic intervention for welfare of children at-risk communities.
4) To fight against sexual exploitation of the girl-child and women.
5) To help youths and poor widows acquire skills.
6) To engage in charitable works, build orphanage homes and provide for shelter needs of abandoned children.
7) To help children and youths (most especially handicaps) to acquire skills.
8) To create awareness for youths in choosing their career path.
9) To assist persons of special needs, attain self-discovery and to provide motivation and self-fulfillment.
10) To promote, encourage, assist and cooperate with other bodies that may have similar or related objectives.
- Care and Protection in the best interest of the Child
- Healthy development and collaboration
- Honesty and Accountability
- Compassion and Service
- Respect and dignity
Children, youths and families in need:
Orphans and Vulnerable Children - Internally victimized /displaced children (ie Special needs children /with disabilities, child branded witches, etc; Abandoned children of multiple birth; Street children; Disaster prone and affected children.
Children At-Risk Parents (CARP)- widows, Single parents, Social mothers, etc
Luther Welfare Centre conducts 'At-risk community' visits; Rapid Assessment/Consultations; Capacity building; Peace-building; Community development partnership (collaboration); Research/ Documentation; Project implementation and Reporting;Town Hall meetings/Community Organizing; Media awareness/public sensitization on child's rights and welfare (radio, TV, newsletter, bill boards, street posters, etc. Family Reintegration; and General Empowerment for livelihood skills.
Mandate / Thematic Areas
1. Direct care/attendance to children in need: - Healthcare and Nutrition - Food/Meal Support - HIV / AIDS care - Development of Basic Education, Water, Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) - Protection: Child’s Rights Protection (i.e. from trafficking, labour, exploitation, abuse prevention, and legal aid.)
2. Establishment of Community Child Support Centres: - Development of Retreats Camps & centralized resources for orphans - Child's Health/Safety - Shelter/Resettlement plan, etc.
3. Guidance and Counseling: - Emergency Services / Referrals - Legal protection, - Psychotherapy
4. Research and Documentation into Position Statements for service.
5. Trainings and Empowerment (mostly) for care-givers, youths of post-orphanage and disability focusing on basic life skills / livelihoods sustainability, effective parenting, parent-child communication, and Child's Rights.
6. Mutual collaboration and partnership promotion for the welfare of children at-risk
Since 2006, the Centre successfully organized development-focused events like:
– Annual Celebration of "World Weekend of Prayer for Children At-Risk Development"
– Niger Delta Child Protection and Peace Summit
–Annual presentation of International Significance Award (ISA) for individuals/groups with outstanding contribution toowards saving lives of children in need).
– Development Retreats/Camps and Centralized Resources) in rural communities for promoting child's rights protection
– Non-institutional welfare training/livelihoods for parents to prevent the occurrence (and re-occurrence) of comprehensive child's abuse and neglect
– Annual celebrations of World Orphans Week /World Disabilities Day on December 3rd; and International Day for Street Children (April 12).
– “Touching Lives” Radio Talk Show, a 45-minute media ‘Welfare Program’ at Garden City Radio, 89. 9 FM Port Harcourt to address problems of vulnerable groups, commenced from July 20, 2017, airing every Thursday by 4.15-5.00 pm; wholly supported by the radio station. – Running FREE primary/secondary education for over 183 orphans and vulnerable children.
– Deworming exercise for healthcare support to 450 school pupils and 225 community children.
We are supported by voluntary donors/organizations named below: – Rivers State Ministry of Culture & Tourism; Owners of Private Schools Association (Trans Amadi Branch); The Lutheran Church of Nigeria; Trevi Foundation Ltd; Pabod Breweries Nig. Ltd; Multi-Pro EnterprisesLtd (producers of Indomie food); HRH. Emere E.T.K. Akobe (JP), One - Eh - Eta - Eteo (X) with Chiefs and Elders in Council, Eleme; Tomseky Ventures; R.A. Inko-Docubo (ESQ), Firm of Rose & Associates; and TrustAfrica/Kiisi Trust Fund
The Centre maintains strong accountability and transparency with accurate records of financial transactions which the Executive Board appoints external Auditor to prepare annual Financial Report; and appropriate Banker(s) selected in line with financial control standards. See the recent Financial Statements audited by Gberebge & Co Chartered Accountants /Consult.