To celebrate 20 years of impact, Whitefield Foundation has given business grants to 30 MSMEs to help them sustain and grow their business in the face of high inflation and economic upheavals.
Other beneficiaries that enjoyed the 20th Anniversary Celebration largesse are 20 brilliant Undergrads from various institutions of higher learning.
The Foundation would not have been able to achieve the impact and success she recorded so far without the generous support of partners and sponsors.
The anniversary celebration, which held at Capstone Resource Center, Yaba, Lagos, featured Nigerian women and youths who are the beneficiaries of the vocational skills.
The Founder/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the foundation Mrs. Funmi Johnson, said the organisation’s vocational skills project has seen financial grants awarded to over 1,300 participants, with more than half being women.
The ceremony was attended by several dignitaries .
On his part, the Chairman of Yaba Local Council Development Area, Hon. Kayode Omiyale, said a lot of people have benefited from the foundation.
He noted that organisation’s accomplishments in the last 20 years means the government needs to do more for the needy and less privileged in the society. “With what we are seeing from Whitefield, it means that as a government, we should buckle up.”
Through a variety of programs, the foundation has directly impacted over 162,500 individuals and then through other ambassadorial systems indirectly empowered another 320,000 plus people.
So many success stories abound as testimonials which includes that of Eunice.S, a 16 year old, out of school teenage pregnant girl-child who was rehabilitated, then sponsored through secondary and university education. She has now bagged a Second Class Upper Division in Education.
In 2022, the foundation was able to empower 2,800 small holder farmers (80% women) and victims of flooding with high yielding, disease-resistant seedling to help them rebuild their means of livelihood. The relief intervention was made possible through the partnership of corporate sponsors.
The vision of Whitefield Foundation remains to reach 1 million Nigerians with empowerment by the year 2025. They are positive that this is achievable.
The foundation believes that Nigeria with a reported population average of 19 years is a country of vibrant youth that needs to be supported especially in education and vocational skills training for entrepreneurship.
The Whitefield Foundation is open to partnership and support from well-meaning individuals and corporate organizations to work with her to bring education and empowerment to millions of distressed Nigerians.
The narrative that Nigeria is one of the poorest nation on earth is one that should and must be changed and is only possible if we all work together and support organizations like the Whitefield Foundation to eradicate poverty through education and empowerment.
This 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Foundation seek to chronicle among others, the impact of the education support initiatives, the flagship program of the Foundation which has so far benefitted over 5,700 students in public schools across Nigeria.
Till date, the vocational skills training program of the foundation has directly empowered over 114,000 youth and women in Nigeria with grant awards to over 1,300 business owners. The program has beneficiaries from every state in Nigeria. In Kano State alone, over 2,000 women drawn from all the 44 local government areas in the state benefitted from the program between 2021 and 2022.
On the occasion of this 20th anniversary the foundation expresses gratitude to all her donors, sponsors and partners that have contributed immensely to her programs and sustainability.