In August 2020, the video of Ikechukwu Oranmife, a 15-year-old from Anambra who creates amazing automobile designs from rubble in his environment went viral. Ikechukwu’s story was featured on BBC Pidgin, and the applause for his genius was loud. However, most of it ended online and he was back to his regular challenges when the news died down.
In his BBC Pidgin interview Ikechukwu talked about his ideas, the inspiration behind his designs, and his dream of becoming an engineer in the future.
Ikechuwkwu’s creativity identifies him as a ‘Special Child’. We at TSF, believe every child has a right to dream and we were interested in supporting his dreams.
The foundation reached out to the BBC and we were able to get in touch with his guardian - his grandmother. After several discussions, she talked about his creativity and the financial challenges involved in helping him develop his creative potential. She believes, just like we do, that Ikechukwu is a special child and that his talent will take him places. She gave us a brief about his education and referred us to his Principal.
The Principal, Mr. Mattias, went further to talk about the challenges they face due to the current crisis in the East, and commended the willingness of the students to learn despite the situation. We had several conversations with him on Ikechukwu and talked about our Inspire Scholarship and what we want to do to support Ikechukwu on his journey.
The Foundation is committed to providing and supporting Ikechukwu through his secondary school education, and his future plans. Thanks to you, our volunteers, and we have been able to get Ikechukwu on our Inspire Scholarship Program.
We believe this is the beginning of a life-changing story for him and his family.
We appreciate everyone who has supported the Foundation one way or the other and look forward to doing more with your consistent support.
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On the 16th of October 2021, our Partnership Manager, Sola Ogunbiyi was at WFM to highlight some of our work, our impact and the big why - why we do what we do and why more people need to be involved.
Speaking on the ‘big why’, Sola said “Millions of Nigerian kids don’t have access or the means to quality education, and large populations of these kids reside in underserved communities. This is a large population of our future as a nation; a future that carries the hopes of Nigeria. The Special Foundation is committed to supporting and providing access to quality education for kids in underserved communities through our programs”.
In the preparation for a better Nigeria, the government has a part to play. You and I as citizens also have a part in making the future work. “A number of Nigerians have mentally checked out and aren’t hopeful about Nigeria becoming better. In order to prime young Nigerians for a better future, they have to have a quality education. But there is a large population of people who are growing with little or no access to education, and these groups of people will one day be employees or run a business or try to run for an office and if they don’t have this solid foundation, then it is a recipe for disaster.”
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Liga Caroline’s passion to help and support kids in underserved communities qualified her for a scholarship. Her story and journey so far are nothing short of inspirational.
Caroline, from a family of 8, lost her Dad when she was in SS1. For two years, her mom took on the role of breadwinner, cheerleader, and support system to Caroline and her siblings. It was indeed a tough burden to bear.
In 2014, her family lost everything during an attack by Fulani herdsmen in their community. She was left in despair. She worried about her future as her dreams were dashed by these challenges. She decided to leave her family in search of opportunities that could help her further her education. She served as a house help to a family and in return, the family paid for her school fees at the College of Education Zuba. She did this until she was able to graduate from school.
A year after graduation, a friend directed her to Kazahchat School Abuja, where she was given the opportunity to volunteer and support kids in their learning. Kazachat School is one of our partners in delivering quality education to kids in underserved communities in Abuja. The feedback and recommendation from representatives at the school indicated that Caroline was a good fit for our Special Scholarship Program. Her passion and dedication earned her a place.
At TSF, we believe every child has a right to dream and we were interested in supporting these dreams. Caroline has been properly onboarded into our Special Scholarship Program and is currently enrolled at the University of Abuja studying Economics Education. The Foundation is committed to providing and supporting Caroline through her university education, and her future plans.
We look forward to the many feats she will achieve.
We appreciate everyone who has supported the Foundation in one way or the other. We believe we can still do more for people who need a little support to achieve their dreams.
If you would like to make a donation to expand our reach and help more people in underserved communities, click here.