Ikorodu Oral Hygiene Project

Our teeth are some of the most important tools in our body. Not only are they useful for biting, cutting, chewing and grinding food items, but are also important for the proper articulation of speech and for showing our happiness to the world, through smiles.
Therefore, it bears repeating, as many times as possible, that the teeth should be properly maintained to avoid decay and other ailments like aches and cavities.

The above is the summary of the message the One African Child Foundation, in partnership with Love Out Loud Africa, took to the city of Ikorodu on Saturday, the 23rd of July, 2016, in a programme tagged: The Oral Hygiene Project. The project which was held at Butterfly Estate, Agric, Ikorodu, Lagos, had about 35 children, between the ages of 4 and 13, in attendance.

The Programme featured talks on general hygiene and dental hygiene. There were also video shows on the proper way to brush and the need to maintain good hygiene, games, question and answer session, evaluation, presentation of gifts and photographs. The different sessions were facilitated by volunteers with the training manual developed by Love Out Loud Africa.

The talk on Dental Hygiene explained to the children the need to keep their teeth in good condition by brushing regularly and avoiding excessive intake of foods that could damage them. The different types of teeth (molars, premolars, incisors and canines) and their functions were explained to the children. The talk on General Hygiene, on the other hand, encouraged the children to maintain good personal hygiene by washing their hands and having their baths regularly. They were also encouraged to be good ambassadors of their environments by disposing dirt properly and picking up those left behind by others, when they can.

To further drive home the points elucidated in the talk, there were video shows on how to properly take care of the teeth. Afterwards, there was a quiz competition which served as an energizer for the children.

The programme ended with the distribution of toothpastes and toothbrushes to the children and an evaluation of the programme. In the course of the evaluation, many of the children expressed feelings of joy at being participants in the programme. Isibor Blessing said she learnt a lot about personal hygiene and how important it is to take good care of oneself. Emmanuel Nwachukwu said he enjoyed the game on States and Capitals and he learnt the importance of keeping the environment clean. When asked to state what they will do differently henceforth, Zakari Jemilat said she will try to pass on the knowledge she acquired to other children while Obidike Blessing said she will encourage her parents to take her to see a dentist.

The Dental Hygiene Project which the One African Chid Organization organized with financial support from Love out Loud Africa, is another step towards the actualization of both organizations’ dreams to see healthy and empowered African children who will be at the vanguard in the quest to raise Africa to greater heights.

One African Child and Love out Loud Africa thank the many volunteers who, through their devotion and labour of love, made the event a success. Volunteers everywhere are encouraged to keep shining the light in their different domains by being proactive in solving societal challenges.

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

If you are passionate about community work, you have the drive to seek change in your community and you are ready to learn new leadership skills via volunteering, then OneAfricanChild Foundation may just be the right place for you.
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Distance is not a barrier, we have about 120 volunteers in four different African countries who are doing amazing works and taking their place in their respective communities as change makers.
OneAfricanChild Foundation exists to train young people on Global Citizenship Education and Peace building so that they can grow to become active agents of change in the society. Through our empowerment programs, we ensure the sustainability of the leadership experience necessary for our beneficiaries to partake in the transformation of their communities and the world.
Mission Statement:
Our mission is to educate and empower young people with knowledge and skills necessary to address socio-economic issues and to contribute to positive change in Africa and beyond.
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Eligibility requirements:
We are looking for committed volunteers who will dedicate a substantial amount of time towards our online and field projects.

Volunteers must be willing to learn and share their leadership experience with the communities we work with.

Volunteers must be responsible citizens. They must act at all times in the best interest of the organisation.
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You can follow the link below to fill the Volunteer’s form; it can be done in less than five minutes.
Make use of this golden opportunity to broaden your horizon and add to your skills set.

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2016

More than ever,  women continue to contribute to social and economic development of their communities. How much more preparing our girls early to be the best for themselves,  their community and the society at large?

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OneAfricanChild Foundation is committed to training and creating opportunities for girls to learn and be included in social transformation. We believe in training a girl child to influence a nation positively.

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Life starts with the smile of a woman, grows with the care and Love of a woman, gains experience through the passion of a woman, shelters hope thanks to a woman, and owes a woman Beauty and Peace.

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There is always a small voice, inside each of us, telling we are wonders and treasures; that undying harmony, turning differences into diversity and teaching us the night is a sweet step to the dawn, is the breath of a woman ~ René Ndebi (OAC Cameroon)

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Today we celebrate girls and women from across the globe. Happy International Women’s Day!!!

THE VOICE OF AN AFRICAN CHILD #1africanchild #poetry #children #Africa

In the heart of Nigeria, shines a light that was born from the wombs of Mother Africa. The sense of Hope and Faith. That light is called Emmanuel Fada, a young leader and a 17 years old scholar of Jumpstart Academy, Nigeria. He is passionate about Writing and Drama. Emmanuel finds great pleasure in impacting lives of African children and youths. He desires to be an African leader, a resource person and an outstanding movie producer in the near future.

Emmanuel Fada, the vision of a young poet.
Emmanuel Fada, the vision of a young poet.

Emmanuel has a word from his soul, and he decides to share it with your soul. Here he goes:

The Voice of an African Child

I am confused… I am fed up…
How I wish papa could give this a stop
Though Mama tries and so hard
Having us just a meal per day, Oh how sad
For good clothings and shelter, I doubt if we will ever come across
I doubt tide ever helps carry this heavy cross
Well, this is our fate
Is there anything to celebrate?
In the humiliated lives of these eight to grow
Including my very self and the poor widow
We are subject to hate and baits
Seeking for freedom where derision reigns
Oh poor hands of mine, seeing off my sibling
That young life in the bed of sickness shivering
Oh, subconsciously I am echoing out my thoughts
(Sigh) I am not surprised at why Mama thinks a lot
I feel upon us
Poverty is like a curse
And blessing seems hollow nurse
But thanks to papa I learnt to yield grace
And I dug mud and earth for money to be raised
And my heart suffered as my siblings begged for food
When my mind was begging for school
I wait for the course of the wind to change
I hope today is the day before the change

Mama! Mama!
The fire has boiled the herbs well
We can now treat my sister
So that she will be well.

Emmanuel believes in simplicity and justice, and he knows, as a prophecy, that Africa shall rise again and stand strong. His word is a call. Do not listen to him, but listen to your own soul; you shall then understand the need of Africa. The need of a wonderful future for children. 

#OneAfricanChild – Participant at the Tech Camp West Africa #TechCampWA

We are proud to announce that OneAfricanChild was a participant at the recently concluded Tech Camp organised by the U.S Embassy Ghana, in collaboration with Ghana Think which was held at Accra Ghana between February 6 – 8, 2015.

TechCamp is a U.S. Department of State-led program that connects civil society organizations across the globe with new and emerging technology resources, to solve problems in their communities. TechCamps globally are typically a one to two day conference where participants share current challenges they are facing with peers and technologists, and brainstorm how technology can play a role in addressing these challenges. This event also include experts and technologist-led hands-on training sessions IMG_0711, enabling participants to learn how to use the technological tools that can help advance their work. Please note our intention is to keep TechCamp 100% paperless.

The purpose of #TechCampWA is first, to bring together accomplished young entrepreneurs IMG_0640with government, academic, civil society and business experts to focus on three themes to strengthen and grow their businesses: Adapt, Empower and Measure. Second, to provide a meaningful platform for hands-on capacity-building. Finally, the event aims to foster collaboration as well as to build and strengthen social, private and tech entrepreneurs’ professional networks.

       OAC, duly represented by Ms. Victoria Ibiwoye Vicky herself, is a proud beneficiary of this TechCamp which hosted approximately 100 of the best and brightest private and social entrepreneurs from Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Liberia, and Togo.

Sharing her experience at the camp, Victoria had this to say –

       It felt really good to have my servant leadership recognised internationally. It was a delight to have benefited from this platform, to express the mission and goals of our Organisation to a group of changemakers, who are taking the necessary steps to make Africa more sustainable to live in.

       The camp has done well in improving my leadership skills. I have learnt a lot from the Speed Mentoring Pep Talks facilitated by experts in the field of Technology; other sessions such as the Most Valuable Process(MVP), and the Jam Sessions have equally been beneficial. They paved way for me to work in a team with other participantsTwImg-20150209-134204 IMG-20150211-WA001; building valuable relationships by so doing.

       The best part of my visit was the privilege I had to meet amazing children Vicky and kidssuch as David, Delali and Samira IMG_2958who are learning to use technology at a tender age in solving real world problem. It was a positive challenge to my organisation to implement more projects focused on teaching children about the correct application of technology in enhancing sustainable development.

       My appreciation goes out the organisers and sponsors of this programme, the participants of the Tech Camp, members and supporters of OAC. You always make my favourite quote come alive –

Ubuntu, I am because we are“.

 

OAC Lagos visits Makoko Anglican Nursery and Primary School #Africa #Children #Volunteering

MrT, The Mind beyond the time...
MrT, The Mind beyond the time…

OneAfricanChild Lagos conducted by Tobi “MrT” Bamuyiwa initiated a visit to Makoko Nursery and Primary School in Lagos, Nigeria.

Getting to know Makoko:

Makoko Informal Settlement Makoko, Coordinates: 6°29′44″N 3°23′39″E Country: Nigeria, State: Lagos State LGA Lagos Mainland, Location: Makoko, Settled 18th century, Population  • Total 85,840

Makoko is a slum neighborhood located in Lagos, Nigeria. At present its population is considered to be 85,840; however, the area was not officially counted as part of the 2007 census and the population today is estimated to be much higher. Established in the 18th century primarily as a fishing village, much of Makoko rests in structures constructed on stilts above Lagos Lagoon. Today the area is essentially self-governing with a very limited government presence in the community and local security being provided by area boys. In July 2012, Nigerian government officials destroyed dozens of residences after giving residents 72 hours notice of eviction. One resident was killed in the action. Lagos may continue the destruction of this historic community in order to redevelop what is now seen as prime waterfront.

Makoko Nursery and Primary School:

Welcome to Makoko School
Welcome to Makoko School

It is located at 25, Makoko Road, Yaba Lagos. State Owned School Strength Boys:329 Girls:330 Total: 659

THE VISIT ITSELF: wpid-IMG-20141211-WA003.jpg It is an easy task to reach Makoko when we read the instructions dropped by Tobi MrT.

MrT, The Mind beyond the time...
MrT, The Mind beyond the time…

« The event is scheduled to hold at Makoko community in Lagos. It’s located in yaba and one can easily get there on bike. Once you drop at yaba, board a bike to Makoko. The school is not too far from the junction as you can walk to the place. It’s Makoko Anglican nursery and primary school.» Olowu “Highness” Fola

Fola with an angel smile
Fola with an angel smile

and Seun Yusuf

Dynamic Seun
Dynamic Seun

both joined Tobi for that noble achievement. With such great souls and happy hearts, only a success could be their end partner. wpid-IMG-20141211-WA004.jpgwpid-IMG-20141211-WA008.jpg Children were very happy and welcoming. Our three friends MrT, Highness, and Seun brightened the day of those children and eased the issues of their teachers and coaches, with the school materials they bought and offered. They succeeded raising enough funds.

MrT and school officials
MrT and school officials
Seun and officials
Seun and officials
Fola and officials
Fola and officials
The reward after a noble task: an angel smile.
The reward after a noble task: an angel smile.

It is always a delight to make a child smile, and once more OAC through the dynamism of the Lagos Branch, has proven to be ready for our children to have a wonderful future. We thank all of you who directly and indirectly took part to that event and made it successful. OneAfricanChild is One big Family and each Branch has a vital importance; however small your contribution to a child’s daily happiness can be, be sure that it is the greatest of all gifts. Thank you Tobi, Fola, Seun! Thank you OneAfricanChild Lagos! Thank you OAC Nigeria! Thank you OAC International! Thank you Victoria Ibiwoye!

Victoria Ibiwoye, The Rainbow Heart.
Victoria Ibiwoye, The Rainbow Heart.
The banner of Hope.
The banner of Hope.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY #OneAfricanChild #Africa #NGO #Children

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November 20th!!! OneAfricanChild is 1!
One like Victoria Ibiwoye

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who decided One day to turn her Love for Children in pain into an international concern.
She started in her native homeland Nigeria with friends.

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Then she decided to go international!! The various faces below are those of some members of OAC International; they are from USA, MALAWI, CAMEROON, INDIA, KENYA, SUDAN, ZIMBABWE, LESOTHO, SOUTH AFRICA SOMALIA. 

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We thank all the members and each volunteer who gave even a single second of his time, to help entertain children and give them Love during the visits to orphans and other poor children in orphanages and schools.

We hope to grow greater and achieve more for children to smile for longer than a day, a month, or a year.
OneAfricanChild had a dream; and that dream was called WONDERFUL FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN.
The rest of Africa which is not yet active for that purpose should stand now and join the Family.

We thank also all the partners who have trust in OneAfricanChild, and thus who are willing to help offer children the best possible heritage in Africa. Our Land is rich, but if we abandon it, we shall regret our misbehaviour and no rest shall be granted.

I am Africa, you are Africa, we are OneAfricanChild.

By Author RAY NDEBI