Marben Foundation, a Nigerian social advocacy and volunteer-driven organisation, has facilitated various community development projects in Taraba state.
The development further reinforced the NGO’s commitment to providing sustainable solutions to social challenges across local communities.
According to Dorcas Elisha, executive director at Marben Foundation, over 700 students in Taraba state have experienced the impact of the organisation.
Marben Foundation, which is an organisation committed to bridging literacy gap in rural and marginalised communities, promotes inclusion within the education ecosystem while providing better learning conditions for students.
Despite the bite of the pandemic across the globe, Marben Foundation powered the ‘SEATNLEARN’ project in Taraba state, providing 133 desks and chairs across 4 schools under Kpambo ward.
Speaking on the development, Dorcas explained that the goal for embarking on the project was to see how school children in rural areas could learn “under conducive conditions.”
She said: “Schools in rural communities suffered from poor infrastructure, poor learning conditions, large digital divide, lack of access to learning materials etc.
“As part of our intervention, we conducted a mini renovation across the 4 schools, fixing the floors, windows and doors.”
Marben’s Back2school project was implemented in partnership with The Destiny Trust.
The project supported over 100 pupils with uniforms, sandals, socks, school bags, exercise books and stationaries as they prepared for the next academic session.
Citing how the organisation is supporting youngsters adapt technology, the executive director lamented the wide gap observed in rural communities in areas of digital appreciation.
“The digital divide in rural communities is wide and in bridging this gap we organized Marben Digital Program for senior secondary school students, where they access free digital education in a bid to equip them with basic computer knowledge.
“Marben Career Fair program was also implemented for Secondary school students, exposing them to various career opportunities.
“This is how we believe Marben Foundation can change lives. For us, the ultimate goal is to contribute our quota by providing a solution to bridging the literacy and digital divide in rural and underserved communities.”