Educate and Train 100 Disadvantaged Children

by Fair Life Africa Foundation
Educate and Train 100 Disadvantaged Children
Precious enjoyed a trip to Omu Resort
Precious enjoyed a trip to Omu Resort

We reached out to one of our sponsored children's guardians for a testimony, and this is what she wrote:

Dear Sponsor,

My daughter, Precious, joined FLA Kids in 2018, and since then it has an amazing experience for her and a dream come true for me, cos we were in a difficult situation and it was affecting her at that tender age. Since she joined FLA kids, we always have smile on our faces.

1) Her school fees are paid on time. She's more concentrated on her studies, and she has improved a lot.

2) She is happy cos am happy. She's a happy child.

Since she joined FLA she has gone on different outings. Her first outing was a beautiful experience for her. Mummy Ufuo took them to ShopRite and they were asked to pick what they want. She ended picking some toys she didn't like, even at that she didn't cry cos the joy she felt that lasted for many days. She told me everything bit by bit... She also joined for many other outings before covid set in.

This year children's day was another amazing experience cos I was opportuned to experience their joy. We were taken to Omu resort at Bogije, and it was fun. My daughter has joy that has lasted since then and still ongoing. She will always tell me, "Mommy, I must save money so you and I can go to Omu resort," and I always say, "Amen."

You can imagine the joy, where I haven't been able to take her out or get things for her. FLA has done all for her. How can I forget the BLOOM PARTY, a Christmas gift, a Christmas to remember. I can mention but few.

FLA, thank you so much. That Christmas we ate chicken, even when covid has dealt with many Nigerians. FLA fed us well.

At home Precious is very helpful, so many things she learned in the school she practice at home. She made her own apron that she uses in the at home. I'm happy she attends a good school courtesy of FLA. She recently wrote her common entrance exam, courtesy of FLA. She joined the school for an excursion, courtesy of FLA. Thank you so much.

Recently, my family has had a terrible experience with our landlord. We couldn't remit our rent since it expired in February this year, so by August our Landlord gave us one week to pack. We couldn't do anything, we looked everywhere, no help. I cried out to Mummy Ufuo and she came to our aid through the help of my daughter's sponsor. Our sponsor paid our rent balance #130k, and FLA also gave Daddy Precious money #40k to repair his motor he was using for transportation to sustain the family, which has been at the mechanic since 4 months now. Thank God the work has commenced on the motor now.

I'm very grateful to all the FLA family. Everyone works tirelessly to clean our tears. My daughter's sponsor, whoever you are, wherever you are, distance is not a barrier. God will locate you, God will bless abundantly. My family has been praying for you, and I know my God who answers in secret will reward you openly in Jesus name amen.

May God bless Mummy Ufuo for your love towards the needy. You will live to eat the fruit of your labour, amen. I also thank Uncle Emeke for his unrelenting effort to make sure the kids are doing great. Thank you.

Precious with her bestie
Precious with her bestie
Children's Day at Omu Resort
Children's Day at Omu Resort
Group Pic!
Group Pic!
Family pic!
Family pic!
Looking sweet and happy
Looking sweet and happy

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Happy Grace
Happy Grace

Last September, we reached out to residents of our Gbara community after one of our child sponsors communicated her desire to take another child under her wings (so wonderful!). Five referrals were received and even though three of those children were brilliant and disadvantaged, they didn't meet our age requirement as they were below the age of 9. After conducting our assessment, we discovered Grace's 82% score was thoroughly deserved. Grace was the top student in her class, and though she dreams of being a Medical Doctor in future, her favorite subject is English Language. Grace was adopted into our Disadvantage to Advantage Programme to receive support with her education.

In October 2021, Grace had the opportunity to meet with her sponsor at Foodies, Lekki. It was a time to bond, eat, relax, and talk about future plans. Her sponsor was pleased to meet her and also encouraged her to do better with her academics. In December, Grace had the chance to visit an orphanage with other FLA Kids and enjoy a meal at Sweet Sensations, where we took the children to celebrate. She also took home a hamper we packed for her and her family.

She resumed school in January, and her fees were settled. But on the 26th of January 2022, an eviction notice was served to all tenants where Grace and her family lived. Grace’s dad reached out to inform us about it in February, and we asked them to look for alternative, affordable accommodation in their neighbourhood. Due to the family's financial challenge, when they had finally found somewhere good and affordable, we made an appeal to the public about supporting Grace and her family move into their new home before Children's Day.

Two days after the appeal was made, we reached and surpassed our goal for the family! On Thursday, 28th April, payment was made on their behalf to settle their rent and agency fees, and the family was delighted!

Grace and her family are so grateful for the love showed them in their moment of despair, and we are glad we were able to help. We appreciate every single person who decided to give. When we got the alert of N2,500 from an anonymous donor, we were so warmed and encouraged, because we know that person really wanted to give! And maybe they even needed it, but they chose to part with it, showing compassion for others. We just want you to know we appreciate what you gave and God will multiply it back to you 1000 fold in Jesus' name!

We also want to use this opportunity to appreciate everyone who donates to us through this GlobalGiving platform. Nothing you give is too small, and we do our best to ensure that your donation gets to those who need it. Thank you for your trust and your generosity.

Grace and her family say thanks!
Grace and her family say thanks!

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Ijeoma and Naomi, Together Again
Ijeoma and Naomi, Together Again

For Christmas, we arranged a hangout with the FLA Kids who have graduated secondary school.  Many of them are in higher education, while a few just graduated last year and are awaiting admission.  It was the first hangout we've had with the children since the outbreak in early 2020, after our Valentine's Brunch with all the children and their sponsors.

This hangout was much needed, and the children (some are now young adults) shared their stories with us, about life in university, how they've coped with COVID and different life events, getting work experience and doing vocational training, while waiting for admission to university.  We also used the opportunity to talk to them about volunteering with us, moving beyond being beneficiaries and helping us to help more children in need. It was a fun, emotional, and inspiring time of reconnection.

Ijeoma, one of our child sponsors, attended to spend time with her sponsored child, Naomi. She, like all the children who just completed their SSCE and WAEC examinations, passed with flying colours.  We are so proud of their accomplishments.

After our meal at a notable restaurant in Lekki, Lagos, we made our way to the Twin Waters complex, where we planned to watch a movie. But we missed the last show that would allow them to get home at a reasonable hour, so the children enjoyed playing games at the arcade instead.  Afterwards, they did some bowling as we continued to enjoy being together again.

The younger children in our care, who are yet to graduate from secondary school, were invited on an outing to an orphanage later in the week, where one of our children resides. They were each given a bag filled with provisions and snacks, and we enjoyed a lovely meal out too.  It was a joyous time, and we hope it won't be too long before we can all come together again.

Thanks so much for your faithful and generous support of our work.  We pray that you will have all you need, good health and prosperity, in 2022!

Happy to be together again
Happy to be together again
A Festive Meal
A Festive Meal
Fun at the arcade
Fun at the arcade
Bowling was fun!
Bowling was fun!
Packed Christmas provisions for the kids
Packed Christmas provisions for the kids

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Chioma at University
Chioma at University

A couple of years ago, Ufuoma interviewed Chioma after her graduation from secondary school, just before COVID-19 struck.  Today, she caught up with the ambitious and driven young lady, who recently commenced her university studies after a brief period of waiting.

Below are highlights of their chat on WhatsApp.

Ufuoma: Hi Chioma. How are you today?
Chioma: I’m well.  Thank you ma.
Ufuoma: Where are you studying?
Chioma: Lagos State University.
Ufuoma: You mentioned you did a test today on Constitutional Law.  Is that what you're studying?
Chioma: I’m going to have to get to at least 300 level before I can specialize in a particular area. But for now, I study 5 courses in law.
Ufuoma: Do you know what you'd like to specialise in? And why?
Chioma: Yes. Corporate law. It is because I know my strengths lies there, and the fact that I enjoy it is an added bonus!
Ufuoma:  Okay... Last time we chatted, you'd just graduated High School. Which year was that?
Chioma: Yes. It was in 2019.
Ufuoma: Two years ago... It's been long. What has happened since?
Chioma: After secondary school I tried to get into the university immediately, but sadly, it didn’t happen.
But I had the opportunity to intern at Loyal Bonus Company. It is a retail company. It was honestly the best experience. Especially because it was my first time working. I stayed with them for 6 months. And then COVID came Stayed home for a while before I got into school in May this year.
Ufuoma: How come you were not able to get into university right away?
Chioma: I was not given admission. Even when I was told that my grades were good for both JAMB and WAEC/NECO results.
Ufuoma: Which schools did you apply to? Did you finally get your school of choice?
Chioma: I applied to the University of Lagos the first year. And then to Lagos State University, which I am in right now through a diploma program. There’s an 18 months diploma program that transits me straight to 200 level.
Ufuoma: Okay, so, how is university life? What do you love about it, and what do you hate? Or not love so much?
Chioma: I have never been this much responsible for myself, and now I know that I can handle it. Also, I thought it would take time and me trying to find my place because people always say it’s completely different from secondary school. Yes, it’s not similar, but I love my course and the school’s law faculty is also great. But what I don’t necessarily like is adapting to the new environment. And staying away from home. But I guess I’ll get used to that.
Ufuoma: Have you made friends?
Chioma: Quite a few.
Ufuoma: How are you guarding against rolling with the wrong crowd?
Chioma: My personality is doing that for me already I guess. I’m not exactly the stay after school to hang kind of person. I also have a close friend in school but a different department. She’s at 200 level. She has honestly been a big help. She also tries to protect what she calls my ‘freshers spirit’.
Ufuoma: Nice! Thank God. So, what encouragement can you give to your peers who are still waiting on admission?
Chioma: To prepare for school with set goals and aim. Cause it helps to remind yourself why you’re studying hard in the first place, and that way nothing can easily sway you. And also I know how impatient it could get if you don’t get in early. But the time you have in between shouldn’t be wasted cause it’s definitely part of the whole journey . And if you do get in early, be prepared mentally. It helps!
Ufuoma: Awesome! So, COVID has really wrecked havoc on our world, but for some people, doors opened, or at least, they saw potential, and they seized opportunities. What would you say you gained from living through COVID-19? Any lessons learned?

Chioma: Yes. To always try and make light out of bad situations instead of focusing on how bad or upsetting.
Ufuoma: Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Chioma: You’re welcome ma. And I honestly cannot begin to thank you for making me part of FLA. Everyday I’m grateful! God bless you ma.

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Chioma is one of the lucky ones who gained admission into university early.  As you can see from our chat, she has a good head on her shoulders, and she is eager to make the most of the opportunities Shiv Lila Polymers has given her through their sponsorship. We are very proud of her and continue to wish her success in her academics. We know she will be among those to take Nigeria to the next level in years to come.

Thanks for being a part of her success story by supporting us to keep impacting her life and those of other children in need in our country.

Happy Chioma
Happy Chioma
Young Chioma, in 2014 when we met
Young Chioma, in 2014 when we met

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Emeke presents the cheque to Naomi and her mom.
Emeke presents the cheque to Naomi and her mom.

Last year, we wrote about a tragedy that occurred at Ajegunle, at the notorious Dustbin Estate, where one of our kids resided.  This was published on our blog and Instagram page, as we sought to raise some immediate relief for many of the families affected.  Over 100 families were affected, based on info sourced from a local NGO working in that community.  With their collaboration, and donations raised from the campaign, we were able to provide immediate relief to 55 of the affected families.

However, in the long term, they still faced the challenge of rebuilding, finding a new home, and getting their lives back on track.  Naomi and her mother were among those affected.  They had to move in with some friends, who were kind enough to accommodate them for many months, while Naomi's mom went in search of somewhere new.  However, affordable rent was hard to come by for the family.

A year later, we decided to reach out again to our friends to ask for their support to raise enough money for Naomi and her mom to pay two years' rent in a new place they'd found.  In a few days, we raised the N300k we sought and presented the cheque to Naomi and her mother this week.  They were so excited, singing and praying for us.  We really appreciate everyone who decided to bring funds or tell their friends to contribute to assist this lovely family with their rent.

Now, Naomi has a new home and another reason to smile and be hopeful!

In other news, Naomi's in her final year in school and doing very well!  We are super excited at what the future holds for her.

Home sweet home for Naomi and her mom
Home sweet home for Naomi and her mom

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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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