At the age of 10, the founder of Wheels to Africa Winston Duncan started an organisation with a vision of sending bicycles to needy individuals in Africa.
This dream was what led to a partnership with the Oladiran Olusegun Adebutu Foundation to supply 200 bicycles to orphans and vulnerable children in 2016. In rural communities like Ibefun and several parts of Ogun state where a bike is often the only means to access food, water, markets, education, medical services, jobs and more, this grand gesture is a welcome development.
Today, Wheels to Africa has collected and sent over 7,000 bikes to Africa, bringing help and hope in a place it is needed most.
As part of efforts to upgrade its host community, the Oladiran Olusegun Adebutu Foundation in partnership with Oladiran Engineering and Trades (OET) and Petrolex Mega City community met in September 2022 with stakeholders on the need to construct new access roads for community members of the six quarters of Ibefun town, Odogbolu local government area. Ogun state.
In a bid to provide a more conducive learning environment, the Oladiran Olusegun Adebutu Foundation has enrolled the following students namely: Idowu Mark, Akan-an Catherine, Aderibigbe Toyin, Adubifa Simisola, Gbadero Sunday, Fatai Adeola in a private secondary school in Ogun state for the 2022/2023 academic session to enjoy maximum learning gains.
The decision to relocate the students who were formerly at Doveseal College Igbara Oke, Ondo State to their new school Victorroti private school, Idi Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun followed a risk assessment of the safety of schools and the tense political climate in the Nigeria at the moment.
As part of efforts to fight congenital heart diseases by providing life-saving surgeries for vulnerable Nigerian children, the Hospitals for Humanity has conferred on the Chairman of Oladiran Olusegun Adebutu Foundation, Mr Oladiran Olusegun Adebutu, the Distinguished Citizens Humanitarian Award in recognition of his contribution towards Saving Little Hearts.
The award was presented at the first edition of the Saving Little Hearts Gala and Awards night by Hospitals for Humanity (HfH) held in Abuja on May 27, 2022. Also recognized was the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Ms Kemi Sokenu-Morris among several other notable Nigerians.
Receiving the award on behalf of the Founder of OOAF was Finance and Special Projects head, Mr Akinola Oludolapo and HR/Admin head, Ms Bisola Ikusagba who were presented with the awards by Prince Malik Ado-Ibrahim.
The Hospitals for Humanity’s Saving Little Hearts initiative is a program designed to raise awareness about CHDs and effectively carry out time limited and cost effective, pediatric cardiothoracic surgical by opening the first-ever free Pediatric Cardiac hospital in Africa targeting 150 Nigerian children each year who are in dire need of free open heart surgery.
Here are images from the Saving Little Hearts Gala:
SS31, Egba Comprehensive High School, Abeokuta, Ogun state
Giving is the act of handing something such as gift, money, attention, treated as important or a reward. There is an adage that says “Givers Never Lack”. This means that when you give, you will receive either from the person you gave or from another person or from God. Therefore, in every aspect of a man’s life, he has to give so he can receive more of it.
There are many ways by which one can give. You can give to charity homes, to those who are in need of physical things, to those in need of spiritual things, to those in the hospital and so on.
When someone gives, they should give with a free mind and not having bad things in mind about what he/she gives. You can help your neighbour because there is a verse in the bible that encourages us to “Love Your Neighbor A Yourself”.
There are advantages in giving but the most advantageous is that the giver will receive more. According to a verse in the Bible: Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires and God will satisfy them fully.
Tie-dye fabric makers, known locally in Nigeria as adire, are experiencing a number of problems associated importation of cheap alternatives from abroad According to several members of the Adire Association based in Abeokuta, in Ogun State, also known as the adire capital of the world, creators of authentic adire are experiencing extensive theft of their designs and patterns, which find their way to the open market with zero benefits to the original creators.
According to them, foreign manufacturers, aided by Nigerian middlemen, carry off original, handmade adire designs from Nigeria, mass-produce them and then sell them as cheap knock-offs to Nigerians in markets around the country. The effect of this is that makers of authentic adire are never able to compete with the cheap print alternatives, which go as low as 1,500 for 5 yards. Authentic Nigerian adire is handmade and tie-dyed with local materials, but scarcity of raw materials including cotton fabric and dyes have significantly increased cost of production. In an industry that employs tens of thousands of Nigerians across the entire value chain, many find that they are not able to compete with the cheaper nylon and polyester print alternatives which have flooded the market in the past few years. While many have cut back on production, others have considered abandoning the trade altogether, even though it has been in their families for generations.
Adire Market Week, initiated by the wife of the governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, aims to highlight these problems while calling on regulatory bodies in Nigeria to address the issue of intellectual theft and unfair trade practices. It is also organised to promote authentic African adire, support local manufacturers and celebrate our culture. Supported by the Ogun State Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the Ogun State Ministry of Trade and Investment and other private sponsors. The Adire Market Week 2022 is being organised in collaboration with various partners, primarily for the empowerment of women, with a focus on connecting them with the international value chain of the fabric market.
The OOA Foundation was present at the event to identify with the need to empower women while promoting our culture on the 7th of April 2022. See pictures below:
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On the 22nd of October, 2021 we clocked 5 years in operations with our team. It’s been 5 years of being a non-profit, non-governmental organization that supports orphans, vulnerable children, youth and women with increased access to quality education, improved primary healthcare and psycho-social support.
Did you know that only 44% of businesses survive their first five years?
For us at OOA, we have not only beaten that mark, we shall not stop until every vulnerable children, youth & women we come in contact with never left behind in poverty and sorrow.
Below Are Our Top 5 Impact Programs at OOAF in the First 5 Years
1. The OVC Care & Support Program (Leave No Child Behind)
The Foundation launched her OVC Care & Support program with 300 Orphans & Vulnerable children carefully pulled from six (6) Local Governments within the three (3) Senatorial Districts in Ogun State. We have successfully supported these children through various intervention programs ranging from educational support to recreational support and this intervention has proven to be life saving in providing quality education, creating an enabling environment to reduce poverty and stigma amongst the OVC and their peers in the communities.
2. The OVC-Donor Match Picnic
As part of the foundation’s psychosocial and recreational support, on Monday, January 2, 2017, 300 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) were conveyed to Lagos to meet with their donors for the first time at a special Picnic/New Year Party.
The children, most of whom were also visiting Lagos State for the first time were visibly overwhelmed with joy as they danced and partied their way through the one-day picnic which took place at the Muri Okunola Park in Victoria Island.
Most of the donors attended with their biological children to meet and bond with their adoptees.
3. English As a Second Language (The ESL Project)
OOA Foundation in March 2017 partnered with Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF). During the English As a Second Language Camp in Ibefun, Ogun state, WARIF`s team had a 90-minute classroom session with the OVC; ages 3-14, their parents and caregivers to sensitize them on sexual abuse Prevention and the various sorts of maltreatment.
The first edition of the ESL camp was however, held in April 2017 at St Francis Catholic Nursery and Primary School, Ibefun, Ogun State, Nigeria.
4. OOAF Lights Up Rural Community With Central Electric
In June 2021, we partnered with Central Electric in a bid to meet up with the 17 SDGs specifically the 7th goal: ‘Affordable and Clean Energy’ and a total of 190 solar panel systems were deployed to residents of Odogbolu, Ogun state.
5. Imeko Easter Camp Outreach and Security Assessment
In April 2021, we visited the hard-to-reach Imeko in Ogun state to get first hand security information about reports on the ongoing the farmer-herders clash and its impact on the lives of children and the community at large.
Notable mentions: – In December 2016, through our priceless gifts, the foundation partnered with Hospitals for Humanity and sponsored the surgery of Treasure Davies who was diagnosed of a congenital heart disease (Tetralogy of fallot). So far, through our partnership program with HfH, 11 children have received free open-heart surgery.
Oladiran Olusegun Adebutu Foundation would like to thank all the partners and staff for their hard work as they have been supportive in helping to fulfill the social change that we strive to achieve for our host communities.