OOAF Receives Award for Outstanding Service to Humanity from Hospitals for Humanity

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:

Finance and Special Projects head, Mr Akinola Oludolapo and HR/Admin head, Ms Bisola Ikusagba receiving the award on behalf Mrs Kemi Sokenu-Morris
L-R: Founder of Hospitals for Humanity and some guests at the gala night
With Dr Bode Thomas
Some of the children from the IDP camp
Chief Physician, Office of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Nicholas Audifferen
Cross section of the awardees

Giving

Adeniji Michael Sunday

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.

 

 

Adire Market Week 2022: Empowering Women, Promoting Culture

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:

OOAF Lights Up Rural Community With Central Electric

We reached out to the southern part of Nigeria, Abeokuta, Ogun State in June 2021 precisely which can be classified as a rural community where our partnership with Central Electric enhances our focus on energy

English as a Second Language Project

English As a Second Language (ESL) is an intervention project of OOA Foundation aimed at supporting Orphans and Vulnerable Children in our host communities to improve their oral language, literacy in English and learning through camping activities.

Project Eduguide

As we progress each year, the number of children supported by the foundation has increased. OOAF Foundation has proudly accomplished the following in partnership with Eduguide International Group Schools:

  • On May 25, 2013, the sum of N330, 000 was donated as scholarship to support ten students.
  • On March 4, 2014, eleven children were awarded scholarship worth the sum of N412, 000
  • On April 12, 2015, thirteen children were awarded scholarship worth the sum of N509, 000
  • On July 28, 2016, a school held a graduation ceremony whereby nine students from nursery two to primary one graduated, and eleven students graduated from primary six. Ifeoluwa Adekunle, a beneficiary of our scholarship was one of the students that graduated from primary six.

OOA Foundation, committed to advancing the learning and development of children to help ensure a safe and secure future, made a donation of N495, 000 to cover the scholarship for twelve students to support them for the next academic year.

Help Change a Life Our Kids Stories

This is Esha Lateef. Lateef is 10 years old and a pupil of Holy Trinity Primary School in Ibefun, Ogun state. He is vulnerable because he comes from a low-income family.

Priceless Gift Surgery Donation

Priceless Gift Surgery Donation

OOA Foundation also made a donation of the sum of ₦980, 000 for the laparoscopic myomectomy surgery of a woman, who was operated on at Nordica Fertility Center, Lagos

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