FeedOne Project Report: Ile-Ife, Osun State

21st December, 2013
That 1-in-3 young people in Nigeria have little access to good education & good food might not mean much to you unless & until you see things for yourself. No book or letter, no matter how powerful, can accurately & sufficiently describe the gross poverty, neglect & sheer desperation for survival millions of young African & Nigerian children face on a daily basis: the FeedOne project was conceived to remedy this anomaly.
The wonderful FeedOne team assembled in front of Mr Biggs, Lagere, Ile-Ife to get briefed on the plans for the day & get inspired for the enormous task ahead. Both objectives were achieved powerfully as I found it incredibly fun being master of ceremony for the entire project among 30 great leaders! The ladies looked smashing just as the guys looked dashing. Every single team member wore a smile on their face and FeedOne stickers on their shirts, reflecting genuine concern and zeal for the lives to be reached.  Under the able leadership of Awolumate Samuel, the Ile-Ife team stormed several communities in the state.
First, We went to Sabo to give food to over 50 poor hausa’s ranging from the blind to the lame to young street kids, then we stormed Moro @ Covenant orphanage where we fed and empowered over 27 orphans & their handlers via an inspirational talk by the birthday celebrant, Ayomide Atitebi, up next was capacity development using the paradigm of the parable of the senses courtesy myself, followed by health education by the soft spoken Adesola Adeleye & financial intelligence training by Kowobari Deji while an expository talk on healthy living & healthy eating by Dr Oladosu rounded off talks and ushered in the commencement of free health care by qualified doctors and presentation of gifts to the orphanage home including a fully equipped first aid box, foodstuff, provisions & more.
Finally, we visited Italewa, Olukotun & Elefon coomunities of Osun State, where we fed, clothed & empowered over 200 less privileged families. We also gave free barbing to all their kids while we played soccer with other kids. You needed to have seen the smiles on their faces, the reflection of hope in their eyes, and the kind words of gratitude on their lips. IT WAS AN EYE-OPENING, LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE FOR ALL OF US.
It  was painful to see kids without shoes, without clothes, with rough, poverty-stricken skins, without parents, 7 kids who had to share one tooth brush, families who barely survived each day, kids who last barbed their hair months ago, a boy of 5 who couldn’t recite A,B,C to Z… but it was comforting that #teamFeedOne made a difference in their lives, a difference that could have reached the future president of Nigeria, have touched the next Dangote, have impacted the next New York City, have liberated an entire family, have touched an entire generation. And there is still work to be done, so much work to be done in those remote areas, so many lives to be transformed, so many kids and families to be snatched from the ugly jaws of poverty & nothingness. WE NEED YOU.
THERE IS WORK TO BE DONE FRIEND. DO NOT HOLD BACK, THE BEST TIME TO SAVE A LIFE RESIGNED TO FATE IS ALWAYS NOW. That you have food on your table, clothes on your body and a place you call home is a privilege, a privilege millions of others have never experienced in their entire lives, a privilege you can share with others. Giving back to the society is not a function of your bank account but a reflection of your social responsibility. Together, we can do more to make the world a better place. Together, the history of persons, communities & entire generations can be re-written. If 1 can chase a thousand and 2 can chase ten-thousand, imagine the infinite possibilities that 100,000 dedicated men & women can achieve. What you own is what you owe. To reach more lives across the remotest parts of Nigeria & the rest of the world, to help us realize our vision of feeding and empowering one million less privileged people by the year 2020, join us today in person or through strategic partnerships and donations. WE NEED YOU.
Pls visit http://www.feedoneproject.com for more details or call 07062228993, 08037285780
#teamFeedOne Lagos & Akure were also exceptional as the project held simultaneously in Lagos, Akure & Osun States.
We can’t thank all our partners & sponsors enough: for touching lives, may your heart desires be granted, may you never lack, and may your influence be global.

Published by Ogunbowale Olugbenga

Ogunbowale Olugbenga is a multiple award winning social entrepreneur & digital skills expert. An alumnus of the Leadership in Business Institute of Kellogg School of Management (USA), He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). Inspired by the plight of millions of unemployed youths, Olugbenga founded Epower.ng, a digital agency passionately growing businesses & accelerating the application of digital skills for economic prosperity across Africa. To help institutions prevent scandals & promote performance, Gbenga founded Polivoice.Work, an anonymous employee feedback tool that captures & analyses feedback anonymously in real time to detect, predict & improve work place conditions. A Mandela Washington Fellow, Tony Elumelu Fellow, Royal Common wealth society fellow, YALI star of business & YALI network influencer, Olugbenga is the founder of Africa’s biggest orphanage outreach, The Orphan Empowerment Society, with a 5,000 strong volunteer force and a presence in 19 African countries empowering thousands of orphans with free vocational skills, medical care, & food. He is also the co-founder of the communication & leadership organization, Pacesetters Leadership Club.

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