Oberaifo Udoh Foundation has rolled out plans that will help bring lasting hope for less privileged Nigerians.
According to Oberaifo Udoh, who is the Director and founder of Oberaifo Udoh Foundation, to save humanity have always been part of his goals and to put that part of him in motion, the foundation was birth.
In a statement signed by the director of the foundation, he explained that his foundation will lean towards the nine of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDG) in line with the Africa Union`s Agenda 2063, which highlights ‘No Poverty, Goodhealth and Well being, Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic growth, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequalities, Climate Action, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions’ as the main mantra for humanity.
“Humanity First” is my watchword and in all I do, it has become my first principle of consideration. The act of Humanity makes a better person, better nation and better world.
“Thus as a Humanist, I am leaned towards nine of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDG) in line with the Africa Union`s Agenda 2063, viz; No Poverty, Goodhealth and Well being, Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic growth, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequalities, Climate Action, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions.
“Several remote communities in Africa are occupied by people living below the poverty line. More than one billion people have no access to safe drinking water. Two billion lack adequate sanitation. As a result, thousands of children die every day from diseases that could be prevented.
“People living in these communities are isolated from the resources that urban dwellers have access to. Hence, their growth and development are stagnated.This can be retified if several good thinking Nigerians come together to provide humanitarian aid and developmental aid,” he said.
Worth mentioning are some initiatives carried out by carried Edo Arise Initiative(EAI) , Esan Sons and Daughters (ESAD) & Oberaifo Udoh Foundation, viz:
Project ‘Restore Esan Language, History, and Culture’
There is a rising need to awaken the sleeping giant – Africa. Western culture is gradually depleting the foundation of African culture. The day Africans forget this and start asking what is culture, is the day they loose hold of themselves. In partnership with several support groups, we have created awareness and reinstated the importance of restoring and preserving African history and culture.
Through this group, the initiatives and foundation are writing to the government and sensitising the public through seminars, public events, and broadcasts/media. We have and are still visiting schools to promote this ideology. The more students know about their heritage, the more curious they will be to gain insight.
Mental Health Awareness
Mental health has been the most neglected aspect of human well-being for a long time, especially in Africa. This is the reason why suicide has drastically increased over the years. People go through many phases packed with various challenges in their lifetime which some can’t handle alone.
As a passionate humanitarian, I chose to champion mental health awareness advocacy in both my personal and corporate spaces. I was appointed the Nigerian Zonal Coordinator of Fresh Start Hope Foundation, a mental health foundation in the UK to reach out to men, women, young and old in five Edo central-local government areas in Edo state.
I currently work with my partners in promoting mental health awareness in the workspace. Companies are encouraged to include mental health education and psychoeducation in the workplace. Paying due attention to the mental health of employees will improve workplace productivity and efficiency.
Oberaifo Udoh Foundation
Through my Non-Governmental Organization, we have assisted academically excellent students with scholarships in some communities, encouraging them to soar in their academics. I believe we can create more educational impact on students living in poor communities by arming them with the right knowledge and skills in academics, farming, health and finances.
In collaboration with other humanitarian groups, we have also given free healthcare services and medications to communities, especially in remote areas within Edo state. Foremost of this was the Scholarship given to the best male and female students in my alma mater, AAU Secondary School, during the “ESAN OYE” event in Ekpoma, Edo State Oct 2021.
Also, the disabled and aged individuals who are extremely vulnerable are provided with adequate support to make them more proactive and benefit fully from the values provided to the community.
As an opinion leader, Pan Africanist, and Humanist, I constantly lend my voice to support the political growth and development of Nigeria and Africa. Globalisation and Human rights should be made to work interchangeably in our fast changing world . It is essential to sensitise people on their political rights as legal citizens of the nation by acquiring their PVC (Permanent Voters’ Card) and voting in for the right leader who will bring positive changes to the nation.
I also partner with several human rights groups and CSOs (Chief security officers) in Pretoria, South Africa to combat the occurring menace of sexual and gender-based violence in South Africa.
In the coming years, I hope to be able to touch more parts of Nigeria, Africa and Global Humanity as a whole.