We all have that one thing we are passionate about. Some of us have a passion for shoes, jewelry and other material things, some of us have a love for books, others of us are what we refer to as foodies, I am all of the above. I am a girlie girl and I love all the finer things in life.
Then there’s the other side of me, another me that people rarely get to meet. The me who breaks down in tears when I drive past a 12 year old girl at the traffic lights in the hot sun desperately trying to sell the goods her parents sent her out with before the end of the day; the me who lies awake at night wondering if that twelve year old girl I drove past earlier that day was able to raise enough funds from the sale of her goods to feed her mother, father and 10 siblings. It is this other me who wonders why that 12 year old girl isn’t sitting in a classroom learning how to read and write. It is this other me who wonders what can I do to help this little girl, how can I get her into school? It is this other me who drives me to try and do good for those less fortunate than myself. It is this other me who pushes me to try and give such people a ray of hope.
RAY OF HOPE Foundation was born out of a passion to serve as an instrument of hope to the hopeless, to mentor young and vulnerable individuals, and act as a role model to those looking forward to a brighter tomorrow.
The foundation’s main objectives are:
– Value discovery for the girl child, education and skills acquisition.
– Advocacy for quality healthcare services for less privileged children.
– Women empowerment, maternal orientation and sensitisation.
It is all too clear on our visits to IDP Camps in Northern Nigeria that the the insurgent attacks have had detrimental effects on everyone. It is evident that the hardship following these attacks suffered by women and children in particular is tremendous. There is a need for us to brainstorm and come up with innovative means of awakening the interest of the girl child to formal education.
Women and girls are being overlooked, neglected even, because they are regarded as second class citizens. This way of thinking needs to be extinguished. Now is the time to reverse this.