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I’m happy to have participated in this program. It really helped a lot in awakening the sleeping entrepreneurial spirit in me. I can now start up something to help my husband in the family upkeep provision. Though no financial empowerment yet.
It was indeed an awesome experience that resurrected so many hidden potentials. God bless
Saying “thank you” is not enough for me to express how grateful I am for your support over the months. You are my mentor and everything I am today is because of you empowerment.
We’re grateful for the privilege to be part of this program. I’m applying the knowledge acquired and it’s working for me.. my certificate hangs with pride in my shop..
Thank you so much..
With love from Kaduna state.
Thank you somuch Whitefield Foundation and her able CEO, Pastor Funmi Johnson (Mrs) for all the knowledge and skills you have imparted upon me and the rest of my colleagues. Thanking cocacola Nigeria too for their collaboration.
Though, I made it to the graduation ceremony but wasn’t among the 50 persons that were given some certain amount of money for their business name registration, I certainly believe that the skills already learnt from you if properly monetised with consistency will make a millionaire out of me and my generation.
Thank you once again ma and may God continue to watch over you, and may His grace and mercy continue to speak for you in Jesus name.
The time spent ignited the passion to be more outstanding in whichever field you choose.
Glad to be part of the training and graduating ceremony.
Thank You Whitefieldfoundation
Thank You Coca-Cola Nigeria.
Thank You Mrs. Fummi Johnson.
I’m so happy to have been part of this empowerment program, this has opened my eyes to so many opportunities lying around. I’m a proud CEO now thanks to Whitefield foundation, I’m still implementing more of what I have learnt. Thank you so much Mrs Funmi Johnson1 You’re a rare gem, God bless all you do. Thank you Coca cola Nigeria for making this possible. God bless all the people that put this together to make it worthwhile. God bless all the participants. I’m entirely Grateful.
Grateful to God for making it possible for me to know Whitefield Foundation and her CEO, Mrs Funmi Johnson. You have given me hope, life and confidence via your Money Making Skills Empowerment Program called SHAPE-SIP (SHAPE- Special Intervention Program) of which I was one of its beneficiary haven passed through your Skills and Empowerment Training from stage one to stage three and qualified for SHAPE-SIP Graduation Ceremony slated for Monday May 3, 2021 at Lagos State.
I can’t recover from the excitement, and joy it has brought upon me. And I pray for you today that God should continue to send you and your generations helpers of destiny in Jesus name!
Thank you once more for all the knowledge, skills and understanding you imparted upon me. I have never been the same ever since I head about you. God bless you ma.
God bless you ma. God bless everyone who took their time to impact the lives of the participants.
It has indeed been a wonderful journey.
I wish I could send you simple statement jewelries to say thank you. I am indeed grateful to you all.
This program is a dream come true, all the lectures has been so educative and inspiring. 10 commandments of wealth is another splendid lecture, that thought about things to say to recondition your nagative mind set about money, which means, there is power in the thung, changing your orientation and your mind set platform Will also enlighten you about self limitation. Thanks to Whitefield foundation and Mrs Funmi Johnson1 the CEO of this program, for giving me the privilege to be part of this program.
A big THANK YOU to Mrs Funmi Johnson for the great opportunity I had to be empowered by you ..I have really learn a lot from the trainings and from your videos .. U have indeed inspired me to become a seed that will thrive if well watered .. Once again thank u ma
I can successfully boast of saying i can make a perfect puff puff with shapesip training. Thank you so much ma. I’ll work toward starting my small scale business. Thank you so much for the privilege. God bless you in folds
I really want to thank Whitefield Foundation and Coca-Cola and funmi johnson for this wonderful privilege. Knowledge is key indeed, I’m forever grateful ThANK YOU for impacting in my life. I will share my testimony of this program someday I’m still a work in progress.
Congratulations to the new Ambassadors, we will meet at the top. God bless Whitefield foundation and Coca cola Nigeria.
With this I congratulate my self
Thank you #Whitefield Foundation
Thank you #Coca-Cola
Thank you #MrsfunmiJohnson
I say Godiya muke ( in Hausa) to all the facilitators
Congratulations to the selected ones, I have learnt a lot from the program , shocked I did not make the list, but glad I went through and acquired sublime knowledge worth more than gold. I say a hearty thank you to Whitefield foundation . Bravo.
I’m really grateful to God who made it possible for me to be counted as one of the SHAPE AMBASSADORS.
Mrs Funmi Johnson I won’t forget in a hurry the lessons I learnt from you.
May God bless COCA-COLA, may God bless Whitefield Foundation, and may God bless you Madam Funmi Johnson.
Congratulations to my fellow Ambassadors.
To all the participants of this program, may lines fall in pleasant places for you all in Jesus name. Amen!
The training is invaluable. May God grant us all peace
All were absolutely instructive and delivery from each facilitator was great!
However, I’ll choose Industry 4.0 anytime, any day! It remains my favourite mainly because I was hearing/learning about it for the first time.
God bless Whitefield Foundation for the opportunity!
Am so excited to have completed the general/practical sections of this stage. Indeed, it was a time well spend. I am grateful to Whitefield foundation and Coca-Cola for packaging this wonderful empowerment programme at a time like this. Thanks to you all!
What an interesting session with all the facilitators for stage two.
Infact I am in love with all the sessions. I almost wanted to ignore the soap making because I have knowledge about it but I’m happy that I stayed through, it was a sound teaching and I learnt something new.
I can’t wait to visit the market get my materials for sanitizer, soap and even bake some pie for my self and family.
Thank you Whitefield Foundation for this opportunity. I love fashion and it’s good to know that there’s a graphic tool that can help in the fashion industry, wow, I’m excited
Thanks shape sip
U all are wonderful
And so are ur lectures
The second stage lectures are wow wow wow
Thanks shape sip I’m grateful
I learnt greatly from all the lessons but I especially love the branding lesson. This is because of my interest in Graphics Design. Thank you for the experience, Whitefield Foundation.
Every session was a hit, back to back.. I literally enjoyed all and even had to keep listening over and over
Kudos whitefield foundation and Coca Cola coy.
Let me go for industry 4.0 by Mr Onuorah
All the Lectures were on point and addresses issues in their areas decisively. All the guest instructors did justice to their areas of specialisation. I was more blessed on the topics that bother on entrepreneur. Looking forward for the second phase. Thank you.
They were all inspiring, but I give it to ” help I need a job where there is no job” by Miss Onyi Eva Johnson. While securing the job for the future by Mr. Mike Onurah stole my heart, yes in industry 4.0 agenda reputable and linear job like bank teller will be replaced by robot, class room learning will be disrupted by online learning. Yet I’m still thinking on the CEO’s word that an entrepreneur sees opportunity in every difficulty as risk taking is still parts of entrepreneurship
All lessons were insightful. Industry 4.0 exposed many things to happen in years to come which has already started.
Thanks to Coca-Cola and Whitefield Foundation.
Let me quickly borrow a quote used by my favorite Facilitator, Miss Oyin Eva Johnson, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overall and looks like work.” I would have missed this opportunity, I wondered how I was going to reach the end but take a look at me now, moving to stage two.
Mr. Yemi Faseun would say “You are unfolding from your own story perspective so embrace every opportunity life offers you”, this is indeed one which life has offered me, I’ve learnt to a great extent that SUCCESS can be attained no matter how little your idea might be.
My heartfelt gratitude goes to Mrs Funmi Johnson, the entire Whitefield Foundation for bringing SHAPE SIP to me on a platter of #0.00. The teaches are top notch, timely enough for the digital era.
Thank you WHITEFIELD FOUNDATION.
Thank you COCA-COLA.
Olufunke Fapuro, Lagos
Amazing teaching sessions all through…the teachings have open my eyes of understanding to so many things am doing wrong presently in my business.
Kabiru Abdulahi Said, Kano
What I learnt will be my guidance, roadmap and gateway to success not only in business but also in life generally. Thank you plentifully for your contribution. Of course, I have learnt a lot things therefore I’m extremely overjoyed about all courses and I wish you the best and God bless you. Thanks heaps for this priceless empowerment.
Saidu Abdulahi, Maiduguri, Borno State
This course has opened my eyes and offered me the opportunity of utilising my potentials to the fullest. I was able to acquire knowledge on jobs that would thrive in future, maintaining good accounting system in an organization, and how to use the social media to boost business opportunities among many others. I suggest that Whitefield foundation should partner international organizations and keep enlightening and empowering youths and women in Nigeria and elsewhere.
I have learnt a lot from this course especially on how to prepare for interview, jobs that will thrive in the future, how to maintain good accounting system, the mindset that an entrepreneur should have, use of IT to boost business and so on and so forth.
Christianah Gideon, Ibadan, 0yo State
I learnt about writing a business plan, how to grow up a business, business and technology, knowing who I am, customer care service and many more.
Andy Jack, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
I have learnt a lot from this stage, it has changed my mindset entirely and I am eager to know more.
Testimonials of SHAPE SIP Participants
Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited in partnership with Whitefield Foundation has empowered over 20,000 individuals with business skills across the 36 states of Nigeria through the Special Intervention Program (SIP). Following the completion of the program this month, a closing ceremony was held on Monday, May 3rd.
The Special Intervention Program (SIP) is an innovative empowerment initiative developed by Whitefield Foundation and sponsored by Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited. The initiative is part of the company’s effort to improve and support the livelihood of young Nigerians following the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which hit in 2020. The SIP program, which held virtually over the course of one year, was targeted at helping youth and women younger than 45 years of age across Nigeria.
Present at the closing ceremony were key dignitaries including the Chairman of Yaba LCDA, Hon. Kayode Omiyale; Vice-Chairman Yaba LCDA, Hon. Alhaji Bolanle Aileru; Whitefield Foundation Trustee, Dr. Oladoyin Sagoe; Founder of Whitefield Foundation, Olufunmilola Johnson; Director Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe; Senior Manager, Social Impact Strategy for Africa Operating Unit, Coca-Cola, Uche Ogbonna; and Chairman of Agriculture & Agro-Allied Group, Africanfarmer Mogaji.
In his opening speech, Vice-Chairman, Yaba LCDA, Hon. Alhaji Bolanle Aileru, who represented the Chairman remarked, “I applaud Coca-Cola and Whitefield Foundation for filling a gap in our community by engaging our youths and women. It is evident that partnerships and collaborations fuel outstanding results”. He also highlighted that the turnout from the communities was truly impressive and that Coca-Cola and Whitefield Foundation both exceeded expectations.
The closing ceremony featured the recognition of the individuals who had benefited from the program. Across the 36 states, people were trained and lectured in topics covering building a successful career, jobs of the future, business as a legal entity, customer service, funding your business, IT, the business of agriculture, catering, domestic essentials, and many more.
By the end of the program on April 16, 2021, participants had completed three different stages of courses comprising over 50 AudioVisual lessons which had over 1,000,000 page views on the website. The virtual training was taught by seasoned facilitators in their respective fields.
Speaking at the event, Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe explained, “At Coca-Cola, we are proud of the remarkable achievements of this program. As a company, we understand that 2020 was a challenging year for everyone, but it taught us innovation and opened our hearts to more acts of kindness to upscale what we do within our communities. We recognized that unemployment rates were on the rise with the poverty rates reaching a peak, and as a socially-responsible company focused on refreshing the world, we are also committed to making a difference in the lives of people and communities”.
A beneficiary from the training, Anu Oshilaja, founder of Annyz Fabric Bags, shared her life-changing story on the impact of the program and the funding she had received to further her business. As a token of her appreciation, she gifted beautifully hand-crafted bags to the women dignitaries at the event.
Founder, Whitefield Foundation, Olufunmilola Johnson, in her closing remarks stated, “We are excited by the success of The Special Intervention Program (SIP) and this initiative was born out of the need to help make more successful people who will grow our economy in Nigeria. We are focused on addressing seven UN Sustainable Development Goals covering no poverty, gender equality, zero hunger, quality education, partnerships, economic growth, and responsible consumption and production. We appreciate Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, who deemed us worthy of achieving this feat”. She thanked all stakeholders including the government officials, the facilitators of the classes, Coca-Cola executives, and the participants.
At the end of the event, 50 individuals were announced to receive N30,000 each to fund their business registration and start creating value for themselves. The ceremony ended with immense gratitude and joy from the beneficiaries who expressed their heartfelt gratitude to Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited as well as Whitefield Foundation for their support.
The SIP Program was part of Coca-Cola Nigeria’s COVID-19 Intervention following the impact of the pandemic on the Nigerian economy. This intervention saw the company fund several community-based initiatives focused on aiding the economic recovery of residents from the adverse effects of the pandemic.
SHAPE SIP 2020/2021 CLOSING CEREMONY
Paga Limited – Nigeria’s leading mobile payments platform- has in keeping with their ethos of “Making Life Possible” partnered with the Whitefield Foundation to identify SME business owners who were caught in the cross-hairs of the unfortunate events of #ENDSARS protest in Lagos State.
The initiative called PAGA BOOST has benefited small business owners across Lagos State with about 60% of the beneficiaries located in the Lekki Axis.These include Artisans, Plumbers, Uber drivers, small event place owners, shop owners, petty traders, and more.
Building on the current work of driving efficient payments for online and offline businesses of which they currently have over 26000 agents across Nigeria. Paga’s intention is to help in making life possible once more for these young entrepreneurs and contribute to the rebuilding of our country.
The beneficiaries expressed gratitude to Whitefield Foundation and Paga for this timely intervention that has made life possible again.
185 #EndSARS Victims Benefit from Medical Intervention Fund Coca-Cola/Whitefield collaborate for Project Health Safety Support, HSS
In response to the widespread violence across the country that marred the peaceful #EndSARS protests and led to some deaths with many people injured and hospitalized, Coca-Cola Nigeria and its bottling partners (NBC) provided a N20 million donation to an NGO, Whitefield Foundation, to help defray the medical bills of some of the hospitalized victims.
Over the past three weeks, Whitefield Foundation has processed over 900 requests from across the country, most of which were found to be unrelated to the #EndSARS incidents. In the end, 185 patients being treated in 23 hospitals across 9 States Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi, Lagos, Edo, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Plateau as well as the FCT, Abuja, benefited from the intervention fund.
The patients are being treated for various degrees of injuries, including gunshots, and amounts ranging from N10,000 to N300,000 were disbursed directly to their respective hospitals on their behalf. Unfortunately, some of the patients have had to undergo amputation and will be provided with prosthetic limbs, to enhance their ability to function normally post-recovery.
About 30% were outpatients while 70% were on admission of which 21% had been discharged as at Thursday, 12th November, 2020.
Speaking on the intervention, Funmi Johnson, CEO, Whitefield Foundation said “This has been an eye-opening, hope-restoring and sometimes heart-breaking experience for me. Going round hospitals in person, and also reviewing reports from agents and patients across Nigeria leaves me grateful to Coca-Cola Nigeria.
Several people have been saved from untimely death by their support. I appeal to corporate organizations and people of means to support NGOs to bring more relief initiatives to the helpless. The health care system in this nation needs all the help and support it can get. I plead with all Nigerians to shun violence at all cost.”
In a statement released on its twitter handle on the 23rd of October, 2020, Coca-Cola Nigeria, while announcing the intervention and partnership with Whitefield Foundation said, “Coca-Cola along with our bottling partners Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd, are committed to making a difference in our communities as such we have made a donation of N20million to our NGO Partner Whitefield Foundation to help defray the medical bills of victims in hospitals”
Whitefield Foundation over the years has committed itself to social intervention, community capacity building and socially meaningful and impactful programs that have helped hundreds lead a more meaningful life.
In 2002, the NGO in the aftermath of the unfortunate bombing episode in Lagos, Whitefield distributed free food support to over 4000 households impacted by the incidence. During the COVID lockdown, the NGO produced and distributed over 5000 bottles of hand sanitizers to high risk households as well as managing food distribution networks to families in the Yaba axis of Lagos.
The partnership with Coca-Cola Nigeria and other stakeholders in the medical sector across the 10 states is yet another meaningful intervention designed to help save lives.
Medical Relief Initiative with CocaColaNG
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Whitefield Foundation is a non for profit, NGO, passionately committed to empowering youth, gender equality, poverty eradication, decent work and economic growth in Africa, especially Nigeria. Over the years we’ve been at the forefront of several initiatives and our vision is to empower 1 million youth and women in Africa by 2023.
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Lagos, the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, has been hard hit economically, with the megacity recording over 1,800 out of the 4300 cases in the Country. The four weeks lockdown inadvertently crippled economic activity hitting the urban poor acutely with many families unable to fend for themselves. Rising crimes of opportunity were recorded with an uptick in domestic violence, all evidence to a city pressed to the wall.
In a bid to uplift hearts and put smiles on the faces of residents in the Sabo Community of Yaba, Lagos, associates, under the auspices of the Associate Volunteer Program- CokeCARES, in partnership with the Whitefield Foundation, launched a Food Support Program, committed to sharing the special anniversary moment with 134 vulnerable families living in a small urban community in Lagos.
In a pleasant twist and with the matching grant support of West Africa BU Leadership Team, the group surpassed their target and ended up with more food than anticipated.
At the end of the day, a total of 161 families had received food supply for a week while about 100 more beneficiaries, living within the community, received smaller food packs to last them a couple of days. 10 old women who could not get to the venue had food supplies taken to their houses to support them.
Each weekly food supply pack contained 10kg of Garri (local carbohydrate meal), 7.5Kg of rice, 5Kg of Beans, 1 carton of noodles (40 packs), 1 crate of 30 eggs, a pack of milk, a pack of Eva water, a bottle of hand sanitizer and a small basket of fruits.
Whitefield Foundation, with over 10 years’ experience in social programs and community sustainability initiatives, managed the logistics of the CokeCARES Volunteer Food program. The NGO only recently concluded a TCCF Funded women empowerment program that trained about 600 women.