Educate and Train 100 Disadvantaged Children

by Fair Life Africa Foundation
Educate and Train 100 Disadvantaged Children

Project Report | Dec 22, 2023
It's Like the End of an Era

By Ufuoma Emerhor | CEO/Project Leader

When we met Dami!
When we met Dami!

Writing this report, I feel so emotional... It feels like the end of an era!

We met Dami back in 2014 when we began the Disadvantage to Advantage Initiative. She was one of our first ten children that we took on without sponsors! We got sponsors for all ten in April the following year. Now, she's completed her university studies, and looking at how far she has come and how she has grown over the years...it's emotional.

We reached out to her and asked her a few questions about the experience, being an FLA Kid, university life, and her plans for the future. This is what she had to say...

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1. Please tell us about yourself. Who are you and how did you get to hear of Fair Life Africa Foundation?

My name is Damilola. I am from Ondo State, but I reside in Ajegunle-Apapa, Lagos State with my family. I’m a graduate of the department of Guidance and Counseling, and I’m also a hairstylist. I attended an evening lesson when I was much younger, and sponsors used to come from far and near to care for all the children. Fair Life Africa Foundation was one of them, and I was opportuned to be among the lucky children that FLA selected to be among the D2A! Kids.

2. How has it been over the years, being an FLA Kid?

It has been and it’s still an amazing experience. FLA has made everything I do academically with ease, from when I was in SS1 till date. I did not have to worry about being sent home for non-payment of school fees or missing an exam because my parents couldn’t afford it. During festive periods, FLA always made sure we enjoyed ourselves with our family members by giving us things to help with financial difficulties. I also met other amazing children and made new friends; we were more like one big family. FLA took us to educational conferences, even to places we could have fun and still learn in the process. There was a time we were given the opportunity to plan our Christmas party ourselves, and it was so much fun because all the kids showed their abilities in their various areas of interest. Looking back now, if it wasn’t for FLA, I don’t know if I would have made it this far educationally.

3. You've just completed your university course, how do you feel?

Hmmmmm, sometimes I feel very happy and relieved that I finally completed the course, other times I feel very confused because of how the outside world is like now.

4. How was the university experience?

At first, I was confused because Guidance and Counselling wasn’t the course I intended to study, but with time, I got to understand the course. Sometimes, the university experience was fun, and other times it was exhausting and often scary too. It was fun when doing school activities, meeting new people, forming study groups, and meeting amazing lecturers that made their classes interactive. It became exhausting when we would go to class as early as 7am and the lecturer won’t come to class. Even when we would go to the admissions office or anywhere to correct a mistake made by the school, they would keep pushing us back and forth, and they often attended to us very late. It became scary because there were constant accidents killing many students, so I was always praying and moving in fear because death of students became a normal thing in the village. But thank God that I and my friends weren’t victims of such circumstances.

5. What did you do for teaching practice?

We do teaching practice twice after 200lvl & 300lvl second semester, where we were acting teachers for six weeks. It was easier for me to relate with the kids because I worked as a teacher in a school before I gained admission. I was the CRS teacher in both TPs, but we did Practicum in the second TP, where we had a counseling session with children with academic difficulties and helped them resolve issues the best way we could.

6. What do you plan to do now that you have graduated?

I’d like to work on the interpersonal and business skills required of a guidance counselor, i.e communication, emotional intelligence, and problem solving. I will also be active in the vocational aspect of my life, hairdressing.

7. Tell us about an unforgettable experience and what you learned.

This happened in the evening on the 23rd of January 2021. I and my friends were coming back from a tutorial, so we passed our school's big gate because we wanted to get something in that area. We stayed there for long because most students were making payments for their school fees. So I started feeling restless, like I should leave that place, and I told my friends. They said the same thing, so we left there. Five minutes after we left that place, an accident happened claiming the lives of over 40 students in that same spot. It was quite traumatizing. If we didn’t listen to the Holy Spirit that day, it would have been a different story. I learnt that we should be able to identify when the Lord is speaking to us from the normal voice in our head.

8. What would you like to say to your sponsor?

I’d like to say a very big thank you to my sponsor for supporting me this far. I’m forever grateful to be among the few to benefit from your generosity. Your support has played a key role in my life. God bless you and your family abundantly, sir, in all ramifications of life, and the source of your income will never run dry.

9. What would you like to say to other people out there considering child sponsorship?

It feels very meaningful to be a positive part of a child’s life. It makes them feel that someone cares about them and can help them dream of a brighter future, then build it . Child sponsorship really transforms lives for both you as the sponsor and the child.

10. Is there anything else you want to say?

Thanks for all the support Fair Life Africa Foundation. God bless you abundantly.

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And we would like to say a very big thank you to our GlobalGiving family for supporting us on this initiative through the years! Thanks for the platform, thanks for your trust, thanks for your donations! We wish you and your families a most wonderful Christmas.

For Christmas, we distributed hampers to many of our sponsored children in Lagos, and we sent funds to others, to help them have a merry time too. Check out our IG post, which we linked to below.

Thanks once again for enabling us to do all that we do!

The latest graduate!
The latest graduate!
Dami with her students from Teaching Practice
Dami with her students from Teaching Practice
So grown now!
So grown now!
Dami's mom collected her hamper for their family
Dami's mom collected her hamper for their family
Dami and friends at the Christmas to Remember 2018
Dami and friends at the Christmas to Remember 2018

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Fair Life Africa Foundation

Location: Lekki, Lagos - Nigeria
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Project Leader:
Ufuoma Emerhor-Ashogbon
Lekki , Lagos Nigeria
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