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Aisha Ummi Bello Tukur

A Social Entrepreneur and Life Coach whose mission it is to find sustainable solutions to the societal challenges we face in Africa. She is an example of a person engaged in lower strata society level projects that aim to tackle the basic living problems that affect the average Nigerian. Issues such as poor water supply, and poor hygiene and health in the more disadvantaged communities.

As a child growing up, I had always wanted to be a medical doctor, if I recall, as far back as primary school. At the end of the school term, when my results came out and I did exceptionally well, my dad would then take me to the supermarket to get a gift and the first thing I would pick would be a doctor set. I wanted to change the world and have always felt the need to help people in any way I can. Unfortunately, I grew up, and didn’t end up becoming a medical doctor but I searched for different ways to help and make a difference in people’s lives. I also believe we should always be a blessing to others, and always treat people with kindness and respect. That we should stand for something bigger than ourselves, render selfless service to our community and to humanity as a whole. We can make the world better one person at a time. I also hope that with the work we do, we can inspire and influence people with our work and help them see that serving humanity and touching lives is the best walk of life.

Aisha is tenacious, selfless and highly-dedicated to making the world a better place. She was recently awarded The Coaching Icon Awards (2019) for making an impact and contributing to the coaching industry in Nigeria by the Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy (OLCA).

Her background is in business strategy, fundraising, project coordination, human resources and social development, and she sits on the board of several organisations.

Aisha has also been instrumental in various philanthropic causes such as the drilling of water wells and bore holes, as well as the building of mosques in cities across Nigeria.
 
Aisha is the Chief Believing Officer of ORBUS Global Solutions (Orbus), a social enterprise located in Lagos, with its footprint in other parts of Nigeria. The organisation won the Award for Most Prolific Organisation (2014-2015) in recognition of its contributions to the development of the community by The Nigerian Students Union, Islamic University of Al Madinah Al Munawarah.

Indeed, with a track record of successfully implementing World Water Day Initiatives in 30 locations across Nigeria, Orbus also undertakes initiatives to assist the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East of Nigeria. These are in the form of Educational Initiatives (Project LEAD, theOrbus School Drive and the Orbus Nutrition Drive) for Internally Displaced Persons.

Orbus’s Health Initiatives (eg for its Malaria Day Projects) include “Project Check Up” testing, and the provision of long-lasting mosquito nets and malaria medications.

Aisha shared in particular with The Guardian that the time and exposure Orbus has experienced on the field has given the organisation real life and eye-opening views on what it is like for children to not have clean water, toilets and basic hygiene practices. She highlights that each of these facilities are interlinked and they must co-exist, therefore if any one of the parts is missing from the equation the desired progress and impact will be hampered. There is also the argument that better facilities will lead to better health, and therefore a healthier learning environment that is more conducive, not only to the general wellbeing of the students, but their education. 

In view of the above, the management of Orbus recently developed an Orbus WASH project. WASH is the acronym for: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

The organisation has also created a manual called the OWASH Campaign(with the ‘O’ which stands for Orbus) preceding WASH to accompany the WASH project. This publication promotes hygienic practices while providing useful and practical information on the prevention of diseases associated with poor hygiene in children.
 
As the saying goes, practice makes perfect, and therefore the implementation of these practices should eventually rub-off on the families and communities of the children of the targeted schools at large. Orbus intends to distribute free copies of this manual via partnerships and sponsorship.

The organisation aims to continue to position itself as a driving force for social change management and sustainable empowerment. It can best do so by utilising its strategic collaboration network, innovative team, creative empowerment initiatives and its practical knowledge of these areas that require attention to make better things happen for the most underprivileged people in Nigeria.If you would like to know more and are interested in supporting, information can be found at: http://orbusglobal.org/


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