- BY AYODELE ABERE in Ado-Ekiti•
Worldsmith Life Builders’ Foundation, (WOLIBUF) a non-governmental organisation, involved in welfare of school children has donated school uniforms to no fewer than 31 pupils of primary schools in Ikere-Ekiti worth over N100,000.
Mrs. Olukemi Akinleye, the Executive Director of the Foundation, who presented 20 school uniforms to pupils of St Mark’s Primary School, Afao, Ikere-Ekiti, also donated another 11 uniforms to pupils of All Saints Anglican Nursery/Primary School, Odo-Oja, Ikere-Ekiti on Wednesday, said that giving to the less privileged in the society is a core objective of the foundation.
She said that the Foundation which was incorporated in 2016, under it’s “Kit the Kids” Initiatives has a target of kitting 500 pupils in public primary schools across Ekiti States in its first phase, noting that this had become expedient because of the glaring inability of some parents to meet the demands of their wards due to the economic situation in the country.
She attributed the decision to give to the needy as part of the resolve of members of Board of Trustees of the Foundation to give back to the society from their little resources.
“The main motivation, first of all, is passion, and the Foundation’s Trustees have a passion for the youth, for the well-being of the less privileged, the children and the young ones who are said to be the future of this country.
“So, we do not have a choice, but to take care of them. Moreover, there have been so many, now occupying high positions in the Society, who were almost in similar situations that sometime in their lives when they were growing up, they were helpless because of the inadequacies in their families.
“So, the decision of the Foundation to help the less privileged was deliberate to give hope to the hopeless and love to those in emotional trauma.
“To assure them that we are interested in their well-being, in their upbringing, we are interested in their advancement and we will always come around to visit them to show that some of us still love and care for them,” she said.
Also speaking at the brief ceremony, Pastor Jide Akinleye and Bolanle Wale-Awe, both members of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, said the decision to flag off the Initiatives in the benefitting schools was taken some months back during retirement service for the immediate past Head Mistress of St Marks Primary School, Mrs Bola Oludoro.
“We took it upon ourselves to kit the kids sometimes in October, 2018 when we attended the retirement service for Mrs Oludoro and that was where we made the commitment that we need to lift up their spirit and emotions by coming around and provide in our little ways for their needs and give them a sense of belonging.
Expressing gratitude of the Schools, Mrs Kemi Adewumi and Mrs Ayo Ariyo, head teachers of the two benefitting schools, said it was a great thing that the Foundation donated the school uniforms and used the opportunity to solicit the assistance of the Foundation in some other areas that the schools need assistance.
“I am speechless, I but so grateful and excited that God has brought the Foundation to our midst. We are also praying that God will continue to bless the good work that you are doing,” she prayed.
Speaking on the donations to the schools, the Permanent Secretary of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Folakemi Oladimeji, commended the spirit behind the donation, which she said was the passion of the founder to bring smiles to the faces of the needy.
According to the PS, represented by the Director, Academic Services of the board, Mrs Christiana Bamikole, “It is at times like this that you know those who are passionate about meeting the needs of the less privileged. What the Foundation has done today shows that its efforts were based on passion and commitment to the plight of the downtrodden.
“We can only commend them and urge them to continue to identify with the educational development focus of the Governor Kayode Fayemi-led administration”
She expressed gratitude to the head teachers of the schools for taking good care of the children and providing the children with a very conducive learning environment.
Speaking further, she said, “We cannot but see how to partner with this Foundation and increase the knowledge base of the children in our own little way and support the school.
“We are excited, we love what we see, we love the children, so we will ensure that we address the needs of the children”.
She, however, appealed to the Foundation not to make the donation a one-off type, but a continuous exercise, which she promised, would go beyond just donating things, but taking care of big projects that any of the schools might have.
“I want to assure you that this visit is not going to be a one-off thing, it is going to be periodic, at this point and with what I saw today, I can speak for the Foundation and we are calling for partners from NGOs and other agencies to key into the educational sector in the state,” she said.