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Whitefield foundation marks 20 years anniversary - ITREALMS

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The Whitefield Foundation, a non-governmental organization (NGO), has celebrated its 20 years anniversary with focus on transforming lives through vocational skills and social impact, reports 
Whitefield foundation marks 20 years anniversary - ITREALMS
The anniversary celebration, which held at 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.

She highlighted that in Kano State, over 2, 200 women drawn from 44 local government area have been trained and empowered by the organisation, adding that she is driven by the need to support the government's efforts.

She said: "Apart from financial grants, about 100 participants have also received support in the form of tools, including business registrations, laptops, sewing machines, and industrial machines.
She said the vocational skills training programme has directly empowered over 114,000 youth and women in Nigeria. “A Further 320,000 plus have also been empowered indirectly through a unique ambassadorial system of beneficiaries paying it forward."

On how Whitefield started, she said It started as an initiative to help people go to school. “We started doing free Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, classes and free West African Examination Council classes. We started with a few people, but after a while, the numbers increased. We also noticed that when they graduate, they are not able to get jobs, so we started vocational training for them to start creating job opportunities for themselves.”

She stated that as the foundation strives to change the narrative of Nigeria as one of the poorest nations, it calls for collective action and support. “Together, with partners, sponsors, and well-meaning individuals, the foundation aims to create a future where education and empowerment uplift millions of distressed Nigerians."

On his part, the Chairman of Yaba Local Council Development Area, Mr. 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."

By Paul Adunwoke/Editor

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