Martha's Pregnacare

According to UNICEF, Africa is losing about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of childbearing age every single day. Nigeria’s maternal and under-five mortality statistics remain among the worst globally. Akwa Ibom as a state is however not immune from this challenge.

About FEYReP

Family Empowerment and Youth Re-Orientation Path-initiative (FEYReP) is a non governmental, not for profit organization based in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Established since 2015, the organization was set up with the aim of creating a robust economic empowerment pathway for women, girls and support widowed families through a well defined economic empowerment framework that is target specific and sustainable. In addition, feyrep provides integrated support for female victims and survivors of various forms of Sexual and Gender Based violence including survivors of trafficking, especially female returnees trafficked for sex and related abuses.
About FEYReP

Family Empowerment and Youth Re-Orientation Path-initiative (FEYReP) is a non governmental, not for profit organization based in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

Established since 2015, the organization was set up with the aim of creating a robust economic empowerment pathway for families and support widowed homes through a well defined economic empowerment framework that is target specific and sustainable.

In addition, feyrep provides integrated support for female victims and survivors of various forms of Sexual and Gender Based violence including survivors of trafficking, especially female returnees trafficked for sex and related abuses.

Furthermore, FEYReP pursues a systematic and dynamic structure, allowing her to work with women, youths and children; by

  • Promoting community advocacy as tool for social re-orientation,
  • Promoting SGBV prevention, response and intervention activities
  • Promoting integrated and inclusive support for survivor - TIPs (trafficking in Persons, through coordinated and managed shelter services
  • Promoting digital education and utilization for marginalized and under-served populations, especially PWDs
  • Collaborating with relevant stakeholders in the area of drugs prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and community reintegration of survivors.
  • Providing support for improved social interventions data collection and management

With failing family structures, especially the grip on traditional systems such as deprivations of the rightsof the girl child, FEYReP believes that a coordinated mechanism that brings every stakeholder onboard is the way to go.

This is why we continue to expand our collaborative structure, while strengthening capacity for our team in meeting with daily social intervention realities.

It is important to mention, that in these past years, we have worked with:

  • UNFPA, a collaboration that saw the setting up of the FEYReP - UNFPA SGBV

Response and Prevention Centre - serving also as a transit facility.

  • Heartland Alliance, partnering for the provision of comprehensive medical services and clinical counseling for SGBV survivors and TIPs
  • Vitamin Angels, partnering for the provision of vitamin A, Abendazole and MMS supplementation for children and maternal counseling for expectant and nursing mothers.
  • AKISAN - USA, partnering for the provision of ante natal and post natal services.
  • USAID, partnering for the domestication of the VAPP Law, Gender policy and the dialectical translation of same
  • CPN, partnering to provide integrated child protection and child safeguarding services, towards ending all forms of child related Abuses
  • AKSG, partnering to promote sustainable economic empowerment intervention for women and girls, especially survivors of all forms of SGBV
  • NAPTIP, collaborating for the effective provision of care and support to TIPs (trafficking in persons) in the state owned and NAPTIP operated shelters
  • HALLOWED Hands Initiative, partnering for effective data management across interconnected programs
  • NDLEA, partnering to improve services in the areas of Drug abuse prevention, treatment and reintegration - including the setting up of a 50 capacity, treatment and rehabilitation facility in Uyo.
  • NCAA & NACTAL membership, working to end all forms of child labour and trafficking
  • Layer360 Plus, partnering for the provision of integrated Counseling & PSS services in shelters and treatment facilities.

With her office located in Plot 22 F-Line, Ewet Housing estate, the heart of the capital city, andh her well motivated team, FEYREP manages the following facilities additionally:

  • A child correctional facility with 120 inmates, ages 9 - 17
  • An Orphanage with with 200 children, ages 5 - 21,
  • A 14 capacity transit shelter supported by UNFPA and the NOWAGIAN Government
  • A 62 capacity permanent TIP shelter managed by FEYREP and assisted by the

State anti trafficking task-force

  • A 28 capacity treatment and rehabilitation manged in partnership with NDLEA

FEYREP is positioned for greater responsibilities and seeking broader collaboration with relevant partners, as she looks into future.

The Founder

Ever since she became the First lady of Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Martha Udom Emmanuel brought a new layer of engagement associated with the office of the First Lady of Akwa Ibom State. Through her deep Christian and compassionate spirit, her unbridled sense of altruism and an acute appreciation of the inherent faith and belief in the goodness of the human condition, she has used her office to advance the cause of the poor, the sick, the handicapped and the infirmed. 

HER EXCELLENCY DR MARTHA UDOM EMMANUEL

Ever since she became the First lady of Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Martha Udom Emmanuel brought a new layer of engagement associated with the office of the First Lady of Akwa Ibom State. Through her deep Christian and compassionate spirit, her unbridled sense of altruism and an acute appreciation of the inherent faith and belief in the goodness of the human condition, she has used her office to advance the cause of the poor, the sick, the handicapped and the infirmed. She has brought a sunny disposition to the hapless and the forlorn, engendering in the process the belief and hope that there is a bright new day looming in the horizon.

Through the instrumentality of her nationally acclaimed Non Governmental Organisation: Family Empowerment and Youth Re-orientation Path Initiate (FEYReP), she has amplified loudly and clearly the profoundly inspiring proclamation of the late British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher that “if you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” She is a living testimony of that “Thatcherian” invocation.

Through FEYReP, she has ignited in our youths a new sense of faith predicated on the Dakkada(Arise) philosophy which in the main challenges us to tap into the deep well of gifts and talents God Almighty has so generously endowed us with, and use them to rise to the faith of our greatness. She has brought a new set of values in the family unit based on sound moral codes, and an acute understanding of the concept of right and wrong.

Acutely aware of the debilitating menace of early childhood pregnancy and the negative effects such could have on the overall development of the girl child, she has taken up this issue with messianic zeal, winning plaudits and accolades across the national and international space.

Through the “Martha Care for Young Girls” programme under FEYReP, she has provided sexual education to young girls who may otherwise have become vulnerable to early pregnancy and instill in them a sense of self dignity. 

Rape; a social menace that has traumatized many young girls is an issue she has handled with unbridled verve. The “Martha Care for Young Girls” is a platform where young girls are taught sex education with the view to making them self-aware and to say no to unsolicited sexual advances by men.

With rampant cases of gender-based violence in Nigeria and Akwa Ibom in particular, FEYReP has partnered United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to set up a GBV call centre in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital where victims are attended to on-the-go. According to the governor’s wife, “We cannot continue to condone the stigma and culture of silence that allows such acts to go unabated and perpetrators to go unpunished.”

Taking cognizance of the societal pressure the boy-child is equally faced with, Mrs. Emmanuel has also inaugurated a Boy-child campaign in state tagged “Bright Future for Responsible Boys.” This is a platform where primary and secondary school boys are mentored against indulging in vices such as cultism, rape, premarital relationship and drug abuse. According to her, “we cannot be raising the girl-child to uphold her dignity while the boy-child is left unattended to, it would imply that our work would be incomplete.”

Her “Shelter of Hope” programme has helped build over 60 houses for widows and other economically disadvantaged men and women. She has further extended her philanthropy to the inmates of Uyo prisons by building an ultra-modern kitchen facility. Also constructed is the State-of-the Art Gallery in memory of her Late mother Professor Stella Idiong in the Faculty of Arts, University of Uyo and as well a primary health care center in memory of her Late father Prince Bernard Sampson Udo-Idiong at Obio Akpa in Oruk Anam Local Government Area.

Fondly called “Eka Unwana” (a Mother who has brought sunshine of hope and fulfillment) she has received several recognitions, honors and awards from both National and International organizations such as the ‘Heart of Champion’ award from the International Human Rights Commission- New York, an ‘Africans Impact Leadership’ award from Center for Economic and Leadership Development in Paris, the Number One Nutrition Champion award from UNICEF, Cultural Ambassador by National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners, Environment Friendly First Lady in Nigeria by the Nigerian Chapter for Conservation Biology (NSCB) University of Uyo, Award of Excellence in Women Development by the Akwa Ibom State University Women Association (AKSUWA), to mention just a few.

Dr. Martha Udom Emmanuel attended the famous Cornelia Connelly College, Uyo when she received her secondary education and later went to the University of Uyo where she obtained her Bachelor Degree in Biochemistry (B.SC. Hons) Determined to expand her academic frontiers, she enrolled for her Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the Lagos State University (LASU.) Not satisfied with her quest for knowledge, she attended the School of Oceanography, Lagos, where she bagged a certificate in Aqua-culture. Armed with these qualifications, she delved into aqua-cultural farming and became hugely successful in the business.

In recognition of her substantial contributions to improvements in human social conditions, development of hidden talents with capacity building among the youth without gender bias and feats of philanthropy which have touched many lives positively. The University of Uyo on her 25th Convocation awarded Mrs. Emmanuel an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy of Science Degree in Social and Human Development (Ph.D Honoris Causa). 

She is a devout Christian, who was a member of the choir at United Evangelical Church, founded as Qua-Iboe Church, Surulere, Lagos.
Deaconess Martha Udom Emmanuel is happily married to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Deacon Udom Emmanuel and is blessed with four lovely children. She enjoys singing gospel songs and dancing.

Our Causes

Health Interventions

'Health is wealth'. To this end, FEYRePseeks to address the health needs of members of Akwa Ibom communities through periodic medical outreaches. Though medical care can be expensive for th indigent, the benefit of timely Intervention cannot be under estimated. FEYReP therefore collaborates with other organizations to deliver free medical and specialised care to people.

Educational Intervention

Education is invaluable as such FEYReP's BACK TO SCHOOL project is focused on re-kitting school children with personal effects and stationeries to better prepare them for the school year.

It has been observed that children who are without basic school kits have confidence issues to the point of impacting their overall academic performance.

Gender Equality And Women Empowerment

Women play very important roles in our economy. Over 60% of the food produced in Akwa Ibom state is done by women either by farming or food processing.

Our state is rich in cassava, rice, seafood, oil palm etc. However the tedious and time consuming procedures involved in food processing greatly hampers economic development of rural farmers and leads to post harvest loses.

Advocacy

With our vision being to empower families and restore values in our youths, FEYReP embarks on massive awareness programmes to advocate for a society where healthy moral and ethical values are upheld to help foster a safe and secure environment for our women/girls to live and thrive. To this end, FEYReP has taken a bold STAND AGAINST RAPE AND VIOLENT CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS,...

Social Walfare

Because we care about human dignity at FEYReP, we advocate for an all inclusive society where all persons are seen, treated and regarded equally without discrimination to gender, age, physical abilities/ disabilities, beliefs, etc. We have fashioned programs and causes to cater for the elderly in our LIVE, LEARN and WORK project, we also advocate for the integration and inclusion of persons with ...

Human Rights And Justice For All

Despite the global outrage against gender-based violence and its attendant physical, emotional and psychological consequences on the survivors, their families and the larger community, Gender-based violence is still endemic in Nigeria and other parts of the world. The consequences of GBV is far-reaching especially sexual harassment, ...

News

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How It Started Esther Godwin Idioh, a 28 years old lady from Nsasak in Essien Udim LGA, is a widow with 3 children (2 girls;