FOLF marks 10th anniversary with empowerment fest
To commemorate its 10th year anniversary, a non-governmental organisation, Fountain of Life Foundation (FOLF), will hold an empowerment fest in Lagos to alleviate poverty and touch the lives of some less-privileged persons. The event tagged ‘Life of Possibilities’ will hold on November 22 at SWAN Hall, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. Founder of FOLF, Joyce Oduah, said since inception, the group has touched over 20,000 lives with more than 250 scholarship grants disbursed, 50 businesses financed, over 10,000 prison inmates fed, 2,500 women and youths trained in vocational skills and 5,000 students provided with school bags and educational items.
For the SME sponsorship, entries are called from Nigerians aged between 18 and 35 to enter a Business Plan competition where the best three candidates will receive start-up funds. The winner will get N1 million and runners-up N750, 000 and N500,000 respectively.
To also continue advancing the frontiers of primary and secondary school education in the country, the foundation is also organising a debate competition with the topic “Youths active participation in politics is the best way forward for Nigerian democracy” to select the best students for academic scholarship.
According to the organisers, the best school would receive N100, 000 worth of academic materials, a gold trophy and medals for students, while the two runners up receive N75, 000 and N50, 000 worth of materials, silver and bronze trophies with medals respectively.
The overall best debater will receive a one-session scholarship while 1000 participating students will get school bags containing various academic items.
On skill acquisition, the foundation will train indigent women on stove thread making, hat making and make up artistry before selecting five trainees for empowerment with relevant materials to set up their own businesses.
Speaking on lack of skill acquisition programmes in schools across the country, the founder urged government to start vocational training in schools saying it is now imperative to train children with these skills to equip them for the future.