Profiling Arms of Comfort Foundation

Profiling Arms of Comfort Foundation

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As citizens’ plights increasingly escalate every day with perpetual groans, dismay, discomfort and zero hope, Arms of Comfort Foundation with focus on economic empowerment, rehabilitates and provides educational opportunities to the poor, especially women and children who were made vulnerable through various situations and circumstances in both urban and rural areas.

The president of the foundation Mrs. Toyin Atilolari Afolabi and The Executive Director Mr. Kolawole Afolabi envisioned that every woman and child’s need should and must be met by all means. Thus, the organisation was established in 2016 with a focus on combating societal struggles through the angle of economic and religious aid.

In ensuring that benevolence sees the light of day, AOCF makes certain that comfort reaches the poor, especially women and children in the society through provision  of educational opportunities, provision of micro credits, skill acquisition, scholarships, upkeep programmes as well as counselling and rehabilitation with a strong operational presence in Lagos and Ogun states.

In addition to various societal impacts, about seventeen communities in Lagos State are involved in the implementation of ACCORD (Assistance and Care for Children Orphaned and at Risk) a project, sponsored by USAID through Hope Worldwide Nigeria from January 2011 to July 2013. Within this period, the foundation was able to serve a total of 7,522 vulnerable children from 2387 households.

Facilitating Kids Club meetings in 42 and 24 communities of Kosofe and Apapa LGAs respectively, a total of 42 Kids Club meetings which include Adolescent Girls Club are currently run in 14 wards of Kosofe and 24 Clubs in 4 wards of Apapa LGAs every month since June 2015 (Kosofe) and March 2016 in Apapa. In building life skills for these children, various themes are always treated by community volunteers and program officers during the programs.

Meanwhile, since January 2015, AOCF has been involved in a life changing project (LOCAL PARTNERS ON ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN NIGERIA)- LOPIN, a project also sponsored by USAID through Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH)which is currently implemented in Kosofe LGA, Lagos State. The project is meant to run for five years.

Today, over seven thousand persons already give resounding testimonies on the great graces they have benefited from ARMS OF COMFORT FOUNDATION, a foundation that has given them true identity and a will to survive.

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Article by Oyindamola Aramide
Oyindamola Aramide works as a Communication Officer at the Nigeria Network of NGOs where she provides strategic communications support on the Network’s projects and programmes. She is a young development practitioner who currently leads the African Monitor’s SDGs project on the Citizens’ Report Initiative in Nigeria. With a background in the English Language from Obafemi Awolowo University, Oyindamola has several communications products to her credit.

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