#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“.

 

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OAC IBADAN MENTORSHIP PROGRAME #OAC ANNIVERSARY #MENTORSHIP #TEENAGE UNITY AND PEACE

As part of the one year anniversary celebration, One African Child Ibadan had a mentorship programme at Jumpstart Academy at Bodija. Ibadan.

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Jumpstart Academy, Bodija, Ibadan a place for all was the point of call. Jump start academy is a place that houses students from several schools in an after school hour kind of programme, skills and different trades are learnt at no cost.

Love Out Loud Africa, LOL-A

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a United States of America based organisation partnered and sponsored the event. 

_The programme featured a filmshow with a film titled THE LOST MEDALLION.

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The film portrayed the need for unity towards a common goal and to defeat the enemy. The film also helped to relate messages such as Unity and Peace, need for good leadership amongs several other important messages which they took home individually.

The children were also divided into smaller groups

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to aid One to One mentorship to ensure better communication, to make them feel free and express themselves.

Do you know there are people out there who just need you to say a word or two to them and they are fulfilled for their lifetime? What do you have that you think is too small to impact into someone else? Try to meet someone today and you’ll be shocked that your “too small” may be somebody’s excess.

Your speech, your facial expression can make or mar someone’s day.
BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE AT THE BEST PLACE POSSIBLE AT THE BEST TIME POSSIBLE, BE THE BEST ALWAYS.

_The mentorship programme had support from several people and we would love to show appreciation most especially to all our mentors who volunteered to be part of the programme, to our friends around the globe and our ever ready partner LOL-A, Love Out Lout Africa for their advise, monetary supports and encouragement. We say thank You, Gracias, Merci beaucoup  …

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Food is  also needed to function
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Supru doing what he does best

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Tosin and co. celebrating LOL-A

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Mentorship in progress

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To our One African Mummy we say more Inspiration to you as you have begun the journey of a new birth year. We love you all. We wish you a HAPPY AND fulfilling 2015

Together we all can make Africa the best place to live in. Togetherness is the bedrock of greatness.

By Author RAY NDEBI

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