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Every child deserves proper education, good food and a happy life. Let's do it together. Let's tell these children and their mothers that when no one cares, SOMEONE cares!
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Please note that this scheme is aimed at the children of women who are either widowed, divorced, separated or single mothers who are finding it financially difficult to send their children to school. If you do not belong to this group, please do not apply.
While others are at school, these ones are on the streets hawking. It is not their choice, "But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore" Isaiah 42:22
HELP FOR THE FATHERLESS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION is a non-governmental, non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit organization registered under the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission. We strongly believe that every child should be given equal educational (formal and non-formal) opportunity to be the best he/she can be. Knowing that not every Nigerian child has the privilege to be sent to school by their parents, we have set out to extend the opportunity to the less privileged, especially the children of widowed, divorced, separated and single parent mothers.
Study has shown that hardship force these women to send their children to the streets to hawk just to find a way of making ends meet. Most of the girl children fall victims of rape and ritual killings. Most of the boys join bad gangs. Eventually, these children brought up under these conditions end up being street touts, prostitutes, armed robbers, kidnappers and general nuisance to the society.
Their mothers, especially the widows fall victims of obnoxious traditional practices that strip them of all rights after the demise of their husbands. Most of them fall victims of all sorts of harassments from unscrupulous men who take advantage of the death of their husbands to defraud, molest and sexually abuse them. The Foundation tries to meet the needs of the destitute through two main activity areas viz-a-viz:
The Fatherless Scholarship Scheme (FSS): This arm of the Foundation helps such children most of whose parents fall into the categories mentioned above, to discover themselves and their potentials by giving them the opportunity to acquire proper education (formal and non-formal) and become useful to themselves and to the society. This we try to achieve by taking these children off the streets to the formal schools or skills acquisition/vocational centres.
The Widows Assistance Plan (WAP): This arm of the Foundation on the other hand, strives to bring hope to the widows by helping them know and defend their rights through provision of legal aids and counselling. We also organize skills acquisition seminars and talk shows during which they are thought how to locally produce soaps, creams, perfumes, and the like for sale in order to sustain themselves. After the trainings, they are given some amount of money to start on their own. Also gift items in form of clothing, food items, etc, are also distributed to them at such gatherings.
Generally, we try to let these people know that when it appears that no one cares, we care!
Gaius C. Ebere
Gaius is an ICT consultant of long standing. He has worked in the Management Information Systems Unit of the University of Nigeria for over 14 years. Headed the Software Development and Website Management Section of the Unit. Headed the software team of the Google/UNN Wireless Project. Written several packages including a Hospital management system, Human resources management system and Student life-cycle package, among others. Senior Consultant, Dolf-Madi International Consulting. Currently leads the Applications and Web Services team of the ICT Unit of the University of Nigeria. Contact him by phone: +2348035271306
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