The donation was made recently during the organisation’s launching of its Empowerment Trust Fund for Education of Orphans/widow’s children in Lagos.
The support materials included; two sets of school uniforms, pairs of government socks, pair of school sandals, 15 exercise books, tie, beret, math set, core subject textbooks and government approved associated costs or fees.
Chairman of HDI-ETF, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye said the trust fund gives soft loans of not more than N50,000 at 10% interest rate to beneficiaries through widow support groups/cooperatives. He also said Happy and Sad boxes were placed in partner schools to have an insight on what makes students happy or sad. The information collected is analysed for response and intervention programmes.
Criteria for selection of beneficiaries include; HDI’s relationship with public school’s through monitoring and counselling programmes, letters of introduction/nomination and application forms sent to school principals and widow groups which have to have; two recent passports, father’s death certificate and last class result.
A beneficiary of the programme, Christiana Omaseye who used to hawk pure water thanked the organisers for the educational support.
Special guests at the occasion included the Chairman, Chief Michael Olorunfemi, Rev Azuka Ogbolumani of Chapel of Christ Our Light, UNILAG, Dr Kehinde Ayenibiowo, of the department of Psychology, UNILAG, Mrs Alaba Fadairo, Ministry of Women Affairs, Lagos state and Mr Sam Femi Folarinyo who represented principals of Lagos Mainland schools.