Month: July 2015

Member of the Month: Arms of Comfort Foundation

As children’s plights increasingly escalate every day and continually groan in dismay Arms of Comfort Foundation has led and broadened the path of women and children to amazing choices and transformation leading many of them to making more sustainable choices especially on the part of the women.

More than seven thousand persons have been making resounding testimonies on the great graces they have benefited from this foundation that has given them value and a true identity.

Arms of Comfort Foundation (AOCF) a charitable organization in the city of Lagos saw the need in 2006 to stretch forth its helping hands to the society. The President of the Foundation Mrs. Toyin Atilolari Afolabi who envisioned that every woman and child’s needs should be met by all means had the burning desire to making certain that the dream sees the light of day.

Noting some of the Foundation’s achievements, The Executive Director Mr. Kolawole Afolabi Sam Adeboye said that Arms of Comfort has indeed been extended to the poor, especially the women and children orphaned by various situations and circumstances in the society through the provision of rehabilitation and educational opportunities with a strong operational presence in Lagos and Ogun states in South-West of Nigeria. Provision of micro credits, skill acquisition, scholarships, upkeep programmes and as well as counseling.

AOCF, Mrs. Afolabi said has been involved in the implementation of ACCORD (Assistance and Care for Children Orphaned and at Risk) Project, which was sponsored by USAID through Hope Worldwide Nigeria from January 2011 to July 2013, in seventeen communities in Lagos State. Within this period, she stated that AOCF was able to serve a total of 7,522 vulnerable children from 2387 households.

Meanwhile, since February 1st to date, AOCF has been involved as an implementing Civil Society Organization in the ARFH LOPIN-1 project sponsored by USAID. The project which is tagged LOCAL PARTNERS ON ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN NIGERIA (LOPIN) is meant to run for five years and implemented in Kosofe LGA, and other relevant stakeholders in the community as partners, stated the Executive Director.

FfD 3: Global Day of Action Round Up

FROM Egbeda, Maryland, Yaba to Akoka in Lagos, Ita Fia in Osogbo through to Bannet Plaza in Abuja and Dugbe Alawo in Ibadan, the Nigeria Network of NGOs FfD mobilisation team were at public places in these areas where we sensitised Nigerians on the FfD process and asked them in joining their voices with ours to call on ‘’our government and other world leaders to Finance the Future by taking action in the days, weeks and months ahead’’

Interested citizens had the opportunity of posing for pictures while holding a board with the inscription ‘’we call on our government and other world leaders to Finance the Future by taking action in the days, weeks and months ahead’’ those who are camera shy or who do not want their face to be seen can then use the board to cover their face. Flyers explaining what the FfD is and the global day of action were produced and circulated with 5000 copies distributed in Lagos, Osogbo, Ibadan and Abuja.

The Global Day of Action would not have ended well without some ‘’shakiti bobo and shoki dance steps at the Action 2015 National Coalition’s day of action with 15 year olds. The floor was shaking and the room was filled with fun as celebrities and children added their voices to the call on world leaders to ‘’finance our future’’. Declarations by children and speeches by different speakers also graced the day.

Asked what she is taking away from the meeting, a 15 year old said ‘’I know my future is now being planned and I will monitor it, I will also tell my parents not steal from my future’’. Also in attendance at the event are our colleagues from the media.

In improving the domestic resources mobilisation component of the financing plan, we encourage the African Government to support goals and targets aimed at increasing efforts of African Governments to strengthen tax systems by taxing ‘’justly and spending fairly’’ Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi, National Focal Point, action2015 Nigeria stated while addressing newsmen at the event.