Environmental Rights Action will engage oil bearing community people, so as to share their experiences using the online platforms.So this proposal seeks to amplify the voices of rural communities. Share ,Linkup with online citizen engagement and media teams .Training some community people on the process of setting up functional online forum to promote citizen participation by generated content and provide direct support to share their stories
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Iwherekan Community, Ughelli South ,Delta State
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
Iwherekan community is located in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria. Their major occupation is farming and fishing. But pollution from oil activities have truncated the livelihoods of the local people.Their voices have been shut out for many years, because they are not skilled to access the relevant information and available online technologies, which we intend to train them on, so as to uphold their social space
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Democracy and environmental protection is at the fore front of the worlds’ sustainability concerns and oil polluting activities in the Niger Delta is a key issue in the ongoing climate debate. Livelihood impact news will be a major story, We will share their stories, concerns, contributions to development, efforts, drives, languages, hopes and aspirations,with which they will eventually create text and photo blogs and also allow for comments.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
We are grassroots organizations who have established the connections with the Journalist Network for the environment and the Host communities Network of Nigeria. These networks of people and organizations have expertise on online community media training by widening freedom of expression on environmental issues. We intend to build partnership with other volunteer experts on citizen media,so as to build sustainability on the online media platform
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
We are planning to train 200 direct individuals; women and youth groups and 450 other community people via a step down training expected to be monitored and facilitated by beneficiaries of the project. We shall have a town hall meeting and field visit with the participants to sustain their interest and developed communication materials to inform and engage them.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
We may need support in the area of materials and resources such as computers and internet enabled mobile phones for training and coaching to drive the aim of the project. If possible Rising Voice can provide Library materials for participants as reference materials
Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria