Monday, 4 May 2020

JTAH Award In Honour Of Our Service To The Girl-Child


Year 2020 started on a very bright and promising note. One of the splendid news that came was the nomination of our Lead Volunteer and Executive Director at Bestspring Foundation, Mrs. Aramide Oikelome as one of the 10 Most Inspiring Women In Nigeria.
Wow! This is a huge package from JTAH Foundation. How come? What did we do to deserve such recognition and honour? According to Comrade Favour Benson, Founder and Executive Director of JTAH Foundation, the award is in recognition of the amazing work of Bestspring Foundation to educate and empower the girl-child. What a surprise? We didn’t know people outside Ijegun community have been watching and following our programs and projects at impacting the lives of girls in under-resourced communities and empowering them through education and necessary life skills.
And so, on March 20th 2020, the award ceremony held in commemoration of the International Women’s Day at Planet One, Maryland, Lagos. In attendance were eminent women and men as they discussed on the topic Raising the 21st Century Child.
Panelists at the interactive session included teachers, medical practitioners, civil servants, writers, human rights activists and professionals from different fields of endeavours. Awardees also cut across women that have made their mark as change-makers in various fields of influence, especially as it relates to empowering women and girls, alleviating poverty, protecting their lives and giving them upgrade.

Our profound appreciation to the Executive Director of JTAH Foundation and her team for this honour accorded Bestspring Foundation and the Girls Arise Initiative.

We are grateful! .




Monday, 27 April 2020

Celebrating IWD 2020 With Girls In Technology


It was a great hanging out with girls from  five secondary schools last month as we discussed the good and not too good effect of social media on today’s youths. The event was to commemorate the 2020 International Women’s day (IWD).

As a member of the Association of Orphans & Vulnerable Children NGOs In Nigeria (AONN), we had a robust interactive session with young girls as they shared their issues, their challenges and aspirations even in this digital age.

Our Journey As Change-Makers


So much has been going on with the Blended Learning Program of the Global Girl Project which started on 1st February 2020. We have had seven sessions so far as our girls have met every Saturday from 8am to 10am to learn and articulate their thoughts on what action they can take as Change-Makers in their community.

At each session, the girls watch recorded videos lectures from Julia Lynch, Founder- Global Girl Project; they work in groups to discuss the topics and then do their assignments. They also share their thoughts on happenings around them, especially as it relates to Nigeria. 

The lectures from the blended learning academy have been quite robust and engaging. They have also been highly instructive and impactful, thus changing the mindset of the girls. Between February 1st to March 21st,,  we have had eight fully loaded and exciting sessions where we treated topics such as: 
1. Who Is A Leader
2. Roles of Leaders
3. Women who have made impact and changes within their community  
4. Mastering the Act of Listening, Speaking & Writing.  
5. Online Research on a Movements in Nigeria e.g. Occupy Nigeria
6. Knowing your Environment and all that it entails, asking parents, leaders all around  and brainstorming on the Project of Change they intend to work on.
The 7th session, which was the last before the lockdown focused on our *Community Project* and a date was fixed for this

 Topic- Environmental Sanitation & Waste Management.

 Proposed date is Saturday 9th May 2020 

It is expected to be a three-hours walk and sensitization campaign round Ijegun. For this our girls intend to invite Parents, Friends, Teachers, Community Leaders, Officials from LAWMA, Police, Red Cross, Girls Guide, Doctors  & Nurses, Market Women etc. and in fact residents of the community. We are rooting for 200 youths & 50 adults. 

Hopefully, the total  number of participants expected is 250. That is if there is a reversal of the ban
on social distancing and large gatherings

For this to happen we need the following: waste basket, waste nylons, waste drums, face caps,  nose masks, hand gloves, banners, fliers, waste pickers, sanitizers, soaps etc. We also need t-shirts. food and drinks, water, music band,  ambulance, buses, snacks, hand-fans, customized souvenirs and cash for mobilizations. We need sponsorship and support both from individuals and corporate organizations that are passionate about environmental sanitation and turning waste to wealth. 

We trust that the WALK will impact the community positively and bring about transformation, especially in the area of environmental sanitation and waste management.



Thursday, 9 April 2020

Global Girl Project Begins In Nigeria

Here is one of our beautiful dreams come true! Since 2016, Apinke Girls Initiative, under the able leadership of my amiable friend and Amazon; Bimbo Adegbite has partnered with Bestspring Foundation through its Girls Arise Initiative platform to mentor and support our girls. The mentoring program brought a new and positive twist to our work at Ijegun as relationship with them became more intimate, friendly, purpose-driven and result-oriented. With the support and encouragement of Mentors from Apinke Girls Initiative, our girls began to access and harness better opportunities for all-round growth and success.
And so, sometime in August 2019, Bimbo introduced me to the Global Girl Project founded by another Amazon based in United Kingdom- Julia Lynch. The project is wrapped around raising teenage girls within the age bracket of 13-18 years as worthy leaders and change-makers. Apparently Bimbo had recommended Bestspring Foundation to Julia as a worthy NGO that should benefit from the project.
For Julia Lynch, it was the first time working with anyone in Nigeria. It was going to be a pilot-project and she needed every assurance that it would fly and sail to greater heights. And so the talks began; there were screenings, interviews and several meetings. At the end of the day, we scaled through and became the first NGO to run the leadership program in Nigeria.  
Selecting 10 out of over 120 girls was not an easy task but we pulled through the process and got10 amazing ladies on board. They are from diverse background and with diverse challenges. But they have one thing in common; they are aspiring, resourceful, committed and open to learning that would make them positive influencers in their community.  
And so, on 1st February 2020, the leadership academy kicked off our dynamic facilitator- Omotola Bisuga-Jesusina. An exchange program, which runs simultaneously with another cohort of girls in Haiti, is a10-weeks journey of self-discovery and empowerment for community impact. It holds every Saturday from 8am-10am.
Our immense gratitude goes to Bimbo Adegbite for the love, encouragement, recommendation and unflinching support at all times. We equally appreciate the Founder, Global Girl Project, Julia Lynch and her team for the trust, commitment, encouragement and sponsorship of the project.
It feels great and extremely fulfilling for us at Bestspring Foundation to partner with Global Girl Project for this blended learning program which has given our work with and for girls in under-resourced communities more visibility at the global space. Of course, our girls are becoming leading ladies; they are indeed change-makers and I am proud of them.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Support For 2020 JAMB Candidates


It just happened again. This time 17 of our girls got scholarship funds for the 2020 Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) Examination. All thanks to our generous donor and mentor. May God bless you more abundantly!

Scholarships From Apinke Girls Initiative


Yes! Our girls got scholarship funds for tertiary institution. We have never had it so wonderful!

Last year 14 of them were supported with funds through generous donations from Bimbo Adegbite-led Apinke Girls Initiative to register for JAMB examinations. Out of these, 8 gained admission to various universities and polytechnics to study one course or the other. But there was no money to pursue their dream.
 
It so happened that Bimbo was marking her Golden Jubilee birthday and she resolved to use the occasion of her 50th on 29th November 2019 to raise funds for girls going to college.

Through to her words, she did and sent the money to us to disburse to the girls according to their needs. Individual mentors also sent money to their mentees towards their registration in the university. 

It feels so fulfilling to see these girls now as undergraduates in Nigeria's universities. These were girls who once had no clue, no vision, no sense of direction about their future. These were girls who dared to dream about pursuing a career in the tertiary institution but didnt know how because of lack of funds. 

Today, they are undergraduates; doing us proud and looking forward to a very bright and beautiful future. All thanks to our Mentors and the Lead Volunteer at Apinke Girls Initiative- Bimbo Adegbite! 

We Are Grateful!








Sunday, 29 December 2019

About Choices & Preparation For Tertiary Institution

The November edition of our monthly mentoring program was graced by Mrs. Morenike Omaiboje, one of the members of the Board of Trustees of Bestspring Foundation and Director of Programs at Women
Consortium of Nigeria. She spoke on Choices/Peer Pressure. Sharing her personal story, Mrs. Omaiboje spoke exclusively on the need to make right choices in life, career, relationship etc. She also gave opportunity to the youths to ask questions and there were numerous mind blowing questions, especially on issues of relationship and career.
The meeting also featured the presentation of ipads to some of our girls who recently gained admission to higher institutions. Thereafter participants divided into smaller groups of Children, Boys, Girls, Ex-students/Undergraduates as well as Adolescent Mothers. OBSERVATION Mrs Morenike Omaiboje, the speaker for the day gave her life story as a caution for the youth to guard against youthful exuberance, which can lead to wrong choices in life. She spoke about the challenges she faced, where she missed it and how she was able to get herself back till she got married. She concluded by saying- To make the right choice, it is essential to move with the right people, stand and be different, be positive always, and allow no negativity.
Two of our girls that gained admission were presented with ipads by our speaker (Mrs Morenike Omaiboje and our Executive Director, Mrs. Aramide Oikelome; having been given by a generous donor. The youths were divided into different classes with their mentors. The youths also went home with gifts such and noodles and snacks.

We had 100 girls, 25 boys, 30 children and 5 adolescent mothers in attendance as well as 12 volunteers.









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