Human Development Initiatives-Empowerment Trust Fund (HDI-ETF) is an extension of Human Development Initiatives programme. The Empowerment Trust Fund is a foundation set up in 2014 to grant education scholarship to children of widows/widowers and orphans who are on the verge of dropping out of school due to financial incapacity of a surviving parent to meet the child’s basic school needs such as school uniform, bag, sandal and other educational materials.
HDI-ETF believes that education is a right and not a privilege; therefore being the child of a poor widow should not be a limitation to accessing good and quality education. Even though education is free to some extent in Lagos State, the Government cannot fully meet the educational needs of all students in the state. As a result, parents and guardians of students are unable to provide educational materials like uniform, bags, notebooks, textbooks, and sandals for their wards resulting in such children being unable to attend school.
Thus, HD-ETF support the education of screened and qualified children of widows/widowers and orphan from primary school through tertiary institution based on their good behaviour and excellent academic performance. Through this project, HDI-ETF has empowered children of widows/widowers and restoring their hope of a brighter future. One hundred and sixty one (161) students, (105 female 56 males) are currently on the scheme while twenty-four (24) students have been supported through secondary school and were registered for NECO examinations.
HDI-ETF helps by providing educational materials to the beneficiaries such as uniforms (ties, berets and badges), school bags, school sandals and socks, notebooks, textbooks, mathematical sets as well as payment of other Government approved fees.