RESHAPING AID FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT #Africa #Youth #Growth #Future #Aid

A few members of OneAfricanChild Foundation held a youth consultation to discuss innovative ways of reshaping aid to better serve humanity.The focus of the consultation was centered on Africa and its needs.

Members at work...
Members at work…

All four participants engaged in exercises such as sharing more about themselves and their communities through the ‘My People’ exercise.

Also, each participant shared various perspectives on how they see the African continent. From their contributions, one can tell the connectedness and zeal of young people to sustain the African heritage.
Members also conducted a brief survey where they met eight other youths, who shared with them the needs of their communities and where humanitarian aids should be directed, in order to resolve them.

For a healthy Africa
For a healthy Africa

Some of their contributions are listed below:
1. Eradication of Hunger: Banjo shared passionately about eradicating hunger. In line with the Sustainable Development Goals 2, he proposed more investment in agriculture as a means of ensuring food security.
2. Equal Opportunities for All: Francis expressed his desire to see humanitarian aid serving the needs of the people, especially the most vulnerable. He explained that, following due process will ensure equal opportunities for all. In line with this,another participant shared that, a good way to reshape aid is to ensure security of employment for individuals.
3. Investment in Education: Paul shared the need for active learning in schools. He stressed for more investment in quality education.

Better Tomorrow
Better Tomorrow

The right to education must be brought into the forefront in the action and concerns of the global partnerships for development in building a better world for present and future generations ~ Kishore Singh

Victoria Ibiwoye, founder of OneAfricanChild Foundation
Victoria Ibiwoye, founder of OneAfricanChild Foundation
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About OAC Call-For-Volunteers Campaign #1africanchild #Africa #volunteers

I have always dreamt of working with young innovators from across Africa.

It is such a privilege for me to see young people with different paths but one vision, get engaged in activities aimed at attaining sustainable development beyond Africa and for the world.

Victoria Ibiwoye

Dears applicants,

OneAfricanChild Foundation for Creative Learning thank you for your massive response to the Call-For-Volunteers Campaign. You have shown great passion and devotion. It is amazing how young people feel concern instead of allocating their time to their hobbies.

You have applied from several countries in Africa and abroad. All your submissions have been thoroughly studied, and the greatest attention has been paid to each detail. Despite your urgent need to know whether you have been accepted or not, we had decided to take the necessary time to collect relevant information, to ensure the effectiveness of our collaboration. Working for, and with, children demands time, patience, honesty, and availability. It demands a strong vision and a powerful purpose, hence the procedure we have to follow.

All of you have been great in your description of the vision you have for OAC and children. We feel honoured you attach such importance to our activities. We have already walked a certain distance, and our positive growth is owed to the high level of seriousness and passion of our committed members. We are from many countries, and some of us have not yet met those from other parts of the world, but the work is continuous in a safe atmosphere. To pursue with that vision, we’ve had to select some of you. That was the most difficult moment of the day.
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Sixty seven (67) applicants have been selected to start their journey in the heart of OneAfricanChild. You shall be contacted through mail, and further details will be asked. You have been chosen, because your profiles have been more than convincing, we expect the same output from zach of you. You will be introduced to the various Country Representatives, properly trained and invited to share your ideas and challenges. As a large happy Family, OAC promotes interconnection and respect. Not only what happens in somebody’s area or country matters; our concern go beyond our doors. We all unite for children, and our behaviour determines the width of their smile.

We thank you all and we greatly hope your action with OAC shall bring in Happiness to children, as we aim to make a wonderful world for them. We thank each one who took time to participate.

You are all blessed.

Miss Victoria Ibiwoye (middle)... the vision of a whole continent.
Miss Victoria Ibiwoye (middle)… the vision of a whole continent.

Victoria Ibiwoye, Founder of OneAfricanChild.

Interview with HESBON SIDON NYAKWAR JAMOKO #Kenya #Africa #oneafricanleader

Somewhere around the dominant and inspiring Mount Kenya, live the dream and the vision of a whole country!

Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya

HESBON SIDON NYAKWAR JAMOKO opens up the doors of his purpose to the world. His countless fights to see children smile and dance in this Africa are the burning flame that should and shall make his land the wonder spreading its blessed wings.
Hesbon’s answers to questions about OneAfricanChild Foundation for Creative Learning tell us all about the state of mind and the strong belief of this African Root.

What were your dreams as a child?
When I was young, I dreamt of being a President.

Could you tell something significant you happened to do for a child?
At the age of 22, as I was watching an insight feature about our community, on the plight of young girls who were missing school because they couldn’t afford sanitary towels during periods, something touched me. I took this initiative first by donating only ten pieces- the 1st ever. Now some friends and I donate 1500 boxes to 5 schools around us.

What is the first word that naturally comes to your mind when you hear “Children”?
PEACE.

How did OneAfricanChild get into your life?
OAC, since its inception, has always inspired me to move forward even when I was almost dropping the initiative. I am Indebted to Victoria whom we frequently communicate with and so inspiring.

Why do you allocate such amount of time and hope to poor children and orphans?
If I don’t, somebody won’t. And at the end of it nobody will. I have to play my role.

How do you positively impact lives around you everyday?

Our people, especially the poor and the pro poor, don’t need to be reminded of their economic plague. But I will always inspire them on the few opportunities they have, and how to make it a reality with resources available.

Hesbon Sidon Nyakwar J, a man of peace and equity.
Hesbon Sidon Nyakwar J, a man of peace and equity.


Why do you believe in OneAfricanChild?

OAC not only inspires Child being, but carries it forward as a development programme. This has a long term effect and makes me have that confidence.

There is something you can do for the future. What is that?
Making my community a better place for the future generation.

Africa needs your country for the peace building process. Are you ready to be your country?

Yes. Many forums I have addressed and I believe that it’s only peace that can make Nations develop. I am ready to bring my experience on board.

What has changed in your life since you joined OneAfricanChild?

My perception towards girl child empowerment. It’s not only a community problem but a global challenge.

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It doesn’t matter whether you believe in God or not. The most important thing is that, He believes in you.

Hesbon Sidon N. J.

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

#IamAfrica THE WAY TO WONDER

#IamAfrica crying

By Ray NDEBI
Author of THE LAST GHOST: Son Of Struggle
AuthorhouseUK / Amazon
Member of OneAfricanChild

When people talk about Africa, sharing their own visions and their own thoughts, I try my best to listen and to understand. But however hard I try, I cannot understand. Not because what they say of Africa is worthless or weak in itself… Not because their words are not true… Not because they are not from Africa (even those from Africa are the same to me)… I cannot understand simply because of the eyes of mine I set around me. My heart is deeply in pain. I feel profoundly affected as I go searching for the lights along the street of that Africa.
Only desperation in the eyes of children embraces my soul and I my wounds grow deeper each time I come across frozen lips. On one side of the street, cups and plates are filled up whereas tables are as fertile as imaginations. Laughter burst under the spotlights and excess food fall from those endless but protected tables. But on the other, disasters of wars, bones, faded horizons, tears… That is the result of talking about Africa.
Africa is not a stranger of which a casual story can be told. Africa is not a piece of land. Africa is not a cake as described by History. Africa is not all those frontiers behind which people make themselves kings and queens over the ashes and tears and sweat and blood and hope and thoughts and will of the poor.
_-Africa has been suffering all the hurts and the injustice made possible by humans.
Wars, Famine, Politics, and Secret Societies have generated opportunities for great Nations to take advantage on people and resources of Africa. ALL-FOR-FOOD actions are initiated throughout the Continent and the populations owning the place are empovered while the strangers are empowered. Africa has been devastated and Africa will keep living that bitter struggle as long as Africa remains a notion or a piece of earth at anyone’s disposal. The world has made Africa mere statistics
_pygmee girlAt the time people wonder how they can properly react and bring back its dignity to Africa; our Motherhome becomes a weaker land, and we tend to regret those days when we were still living by nature. In those days when greatness, health, and wealth were not just words or theories. Smiles were true, sons were strong, daughters were proud.
Africa was not a collection of soils behind frontiers. So many families were divided by just one line. Though they still share the same family names and the same tongues, they are fighting each other; they are turning others into enemies and thus serving the interests of indoor and overseas administrators whose own families have one than what they want and need. Caring about people? That reminds me of Michael Jackson singing “All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us…” When did he realize? I still wonder.
_Politicians have made their Africa a furnace. Freedom is obtained with weapons and all sorts of violence. Bullets respond to smiles. More families are broken and so many mothers are losing their children. The “cake” is not big enough for all; and because it is very tasty, administrators are ready to shed blood, and spread fear and darkness to have the biggest part of it. Terrorism is not only conducted by Al Qaeda or Boko Haram. They are simple instruments indeed. They are just dark minds who have not yet understood the purpose of family. They are just people who are still to understand that whatever they start, they will never see it through. They are just blind people wandering in the darkness of their souls. There are so many positive tasks they can achieve and help build a world with suns that sing and moons that heal, and all that with that strong energy inside of them. Just by turning their incomprehensible and unjustified hatred into the simplest and easiest of all feelings: LOVE!

_yesKwame Nkrumah had a dream called Africa! Nelson Mandela had a dream called Africa! Numbers of leaders gave all they had to make Africa a dream. Egyptians dreamt of a world in which Africa would be the peak. They had everything needed to achieve that goal. They taught the world the basis and fundamentals of what is used, taught, and studied now as Science and Technology. Africa brought its light in the domain of Medicine. The resources of Africa are constantly building up the world. Africa is wealthy but not healthy. Africa is beautiful but pitiful. Because Dreams have been promoted, but fostered to keep that initial form. The number of Organizations involved in development has increased, and the number of crisis has followed. Poverty and misery are getting fat. Villages are left for dead and towns have become jungles in which humans are hunters and preys. “I am afraid of this place. I don’t want to grow up here.” My younger age used to tell me. But I am still here, because there has always been that other small voice telling me, that one day these conditions will change.

OneAfricanChild is the Initiative which made that small voice come alive. Here is the spring of the Future! All the dreams our leaders and heroes had did not go through to come true, because Youth was still a spearhead. We are not at war anymore. We are no longer chasing or hunting something. For all that we search dwell inside each of us. Throwing a spear will not take us to the wonderful future we long to see. Whereas walking together, no matter where we are from, is the only way to touch perfection. USA, Nigeria, Kenya, India, and Cameroon are actively trying their best to put effort and ideas in common for the happiness of the only group of age which is the definition of Africa: CHILDREN. _OAC happy children
Children are the only guarantee of Future! Any action taken without them can only lead to a short-term smile. I am OneAfricanChild, because I am Africa! The major question to be asked is: WHERE DO WE WANT TO GO? The answer may seem very difficult when we start thinking of a suitable one. Yet if we do not think and simply start to go ahead, we will be THERE on time and with all Pride and Dignity!
Nobody can change the world! And even if he was given a year for each human being on Earth, he would hardly change all the members of his own family. People permanently fail to achieve their goals because they want others to reflect their dreams. It is very positive to have thousands of followers, but what are they aiming? Are they following a person pursuing a dream? How long can somebody follow a notion? Will that notion survive after the death of that leader? What if the leader abandons his fight halfway?
_#IamAfrica is a call from each one’s soul. It is the child inside each of us who is urging us to start the change at our own door. If each one makes himself positive, the whole of Africa becomes positive! Africa is us! We are the children! Children are the future! Let us not forget our roots! We are not from the 400 years of Slavery! We are not from the eras of Imperialism! We are not from Apartheid or Racism! WE ARE FROM CHILDHOOD! There is our final destination! A world of happy adults is a plane, whilst the world of happy children is a plain. Adults want to divide, but children want to invite. We are all children; that is why we are just OneAfricanChild. That is why we are Africa!

Let us widely share and spread #IamAfrica. The wonderful life of children depends on us.