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The Real Woman Foundation
The Real Woman Foundation: Where Ensuring Economic Advancement for Women Takes the Center Stage.
When it comes to the Non-Governmental Organisation that sets out to heal and empower women and children and build nations and also champion the crusade to end the abuse of women in all its ramifications by ensuring economic advancement for women, the name that readily comes to mind is that of The Real Woman Foundation (TRWF)
Using practical wisdom and the power of God to bring healing and empowerment to women and children, thereby causing a positive change in the nation, The Real Woman Foundation was established in 1999 by Pastor (Mrs.) Adenike Adeyemi. Along with other women who have shared her vision, she believes that vital to transforming nations is changing the way women are treated. She has sought, therefore to bring succor to the many women and children who life has not treated kindly.
Pastor Adeyemi is building (by healing, teaching and changing) broken and abused women into people of compassion, courage and integrity who will in turn positively affect their families and their nation.
The Real Woman Foundation (TRWF) is a registered non-governmental organisation dedicated to supporting the emotional, spiritual needs of specific women and children groups. Active in providing rehabilitation facilities for women and children with a history of abuse and neglect, it has as some of its objectives increasing access to education for women and children, fostering social change, disseminating Bible-based truth through seminars and the mass media, providing rehabilitation centers for abused women and children and organizing counseling sessions, crusades and conferences within and outside the country to fulfill its aims.
Listed as part of its core activities are seminars and conferences, rehabilitation programmes, Orphanage Home, For Girls Only workshop and outreaches to other NGOs and Homes. Generally known to the world is its Rehabilitation Centre called Peace Villa which is a 24-hour highly structured, residential programme focused on emotional healing, reform, self-esteem and self-sufficiency building.
As explained by the General Manager of the Foundation, Hephzibah Olaleye, “Peace Villa is a place of solace that provides the physical and psychological distance necessary for ladies to interrupt the cycle of dependence, incarceration due to prostitution and other forms of abuse.”
“Here we reach out in love to these ladies and offer alternatives to those who are interested in change. Over time, it has become a turning point for various hurting ladies, including former prostitutes, children and destitute. The Villa is run by compassionate, highly dedicated and skilled staff who identify the specific needs of each individual and help in meeting those needs. The Foundation has rehabilitated a total of eighty seven (87) ladies as at March 2011 and we keep reaching out to more ladies on a daily basis.”
Continuing, the Foundation’s General Manager said: “We also operate a transit home known as the Love Home. This home is specially for abandoned and abused babies. Here we offer a comfortable, caring and loving environment. The aim of Love Home is to provide respite and care (including minding and medical care) to mostly babies who are either abandoned or whose families are not economically or emotionally stable to care for them. What we offer them is an atmosphere of a home where each child can receive critical attention.
“Our services are provided free of charge and fifty-one children have passed through the orphanage since its inception till March, 2011, and we keep receiving more children on a daily basis.”
Other programmes by the Foundation include: For Girls Only where we teach and counsel female students in secondary schools so as to groom them to have a healthy self esteem, good etiquettes and maintain healthy hygiene and to live a balanced healthy life and become nation builders, among other qualities.
There is also Life Skills Training for Women: The life skills training for women was initiated to train women on family values and in vocations which can be used to easily earn an income for them, in order to improve their lives, the standard of living for their families and the society at Large. Under the life skills training for women, we have two areas of focus namely; The Family School and Vocational training.
The family school which is also known as the Institute of Family Values is borne out of the passion to educate women on key Biblical family values which will ensure that they fulfill and enjoy the purpose of God for their family, and also to understand the place of family as the foundation for good citizenship and leadership. Several topics are being discussed here such as Building a successful home, Understanding Marriage, Conflict Management in Marriage, Family Finance, etc. The program runs for two (2) days in a week.
The vocational training is set up to help women learn the necessary skills so they can become economically empowered. This they can achieve by learning any vocation of their choice which will help them to make money. And we all know that by empowering women, the sustenance and well-being of their children/ family is better guaranteed.
With its headquarters at 7B, Jubilee Road, Magodo, The Real Woman Foundation also conducts regular seminars to explore and address several issues as experienced by women. There can be no doubt about it that these seminars have brought relief to many women who have been healed of their hurts and have been reassured of a future and hope.