*Donates Furniture to Abia School

No fewer than 2,000 indigent students across the country will be awarded scholarship across the country in 2024, the Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation (AAAF) has said.

Maritime Bits had reported that the AAAF is the philanthropic arm of Sifax Group and it has set a target of reaching out to more indigent students across the country.

The Executive Coordinator of AAAF, Foluke Ademokun was quoted in a statement saying this while speaking on the activities of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the first quarter of this year,

She noted that the driving force behind this initiative was to support indigent parents as well as tackle the menace of out-of-school children.

Her words: “We are focused on helping the government reduce the number of out-of-school children, so in our way, we have provided a platform where we source and pay for school fees of indigent students across Nigeria so they can access quality education, despite the financial circumstance of their parents or guardians and we have been doing this since the inception of the foundation about 15 years ago. Thousands of underprivileged children have benefitted from the foundation.

“In the first quarter of 2024, we have paid for over 237 students in Lagos and Zaria and we are optimistic that before the end of the year, we should reach more than 2,000 students. The foundation also plans to equip the students with in-demand skills, promote life-long learning opportunities, and reduce inequalities in access to quality education.”

Continuing, Ademokun also said the foundation also extended support to Umunna Comprehensive Secondary School, Umuosu in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia State with the donation of 3-in-1 desks and seats to foster a good learning environment that would impact the student’s overall learning experience and success.

“When we visited the school and we saw that the environment was not conducive for learning especially the tables and desks used by the students, we knew that an intervention was necessary to make the school attractive for the students. This was why we initiated this donation of new desks and seats. We believe that the students will be motivated and better engaged with the new desks and seats”, she added.

According to the statement which was made available to Maritime Bits, other projects executed by AAAF in conjunction with Sifax Group in the first quarter of the year, include the provision of daily meals for indigents in Zaria, donation of foodstuffs to over 1,000 Lagos residents, free medical outreaches in Lagos and Ogun states, digital training for market women in Lagos, distribution of energy-efficient stoves to women in Abia state as well as start-up grants to women in Zaria, Kaduna State.

While commenting on the various projects, Executive Director, Corporate and Governmental Affairs, Sifax Group Basil, Mr. Agboarumi noted that the conglomerate was committed to investing in the underprivileged Nigerians through its various intervention projects aimed at improving their quality of life.


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