Grace Ibor is a 43 years old resourceful community development facilitator with over 17 years of progressive work in Nigeria’s public health and community development space. These years have been spent on building and mobilizing community-based organizations and individuals to respond to HIV/AIDS, malaria and community TB, improving livelihoods and nutritional capacities of vulnerable households, and increasing young people’s access to education, sexual and reproductive health, leadership and life skills. Over 30,000 households have been reached in Cross River State through the NGO (Initiative for Peoples’ Good Health) she co-founded with funding support from USAID, U.S Embassy, Canada Funds for Local Initiatives, the World Bank HIV/AIDS Fund and others. A good understanding of sustaining her community interventions beyond external donor support and bridging the gap in quality delivery of primary and secondary education in her community informed the establishment of Eugenia Schools in 2013. Given the wealth of experience and skills acquired from the implementation of USAID-supported Early Child Care and Development Education (ECCDE), Grace worked not just as a Proprietress but as the first Headteacher. She provides guidance and nurtures a culture of excellence in delivering quality educational services in a resource-constrained setting. The small Nursery School that commenced with 25 children has graduated five sets of primary school pupils and the first set of senior school students, employing 60 youths who comprise the current staff team.
Grace is an active Board Member of the Cross River State Community and Social Development Agency, among others. She is a PhD student and holds a Master of Public Health Degree, an Arch-Bishop Tutu Leadership Fellow and a LEAP Africa – Nigerian Youth Leadership Award winner. She is currently a Deputy Director at the University of Calabar Strategic Fund Management and Alumni Affairs, a wife and a mother.