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Foundation seeks N120m for fertility treatment of indigent couples

By Chijioke Iremeka and Adaku Onyenucheya
16 July 2022   |   3:39 am
Lagos-based non-governmental organisation, Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation (IIF), is soliciting N120m to enable it finance the fertility treatments for 40 couples that do not have the means of fulfilling their dreams of parenthood.

Lagos-based non-governmental organisation, Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation (IIF), is soliciting N120m to enable it finance the fertility treatments for 40 couples that do not have the means of fulfilling their dreams of parenthood.

The Foundation Chairman and Founder, Trinity House, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, made this plea at a press conference to announce the third cycle of the foundation’s Project 40at40 in furtherance of its In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) grant.

Project 40at40 was borne after the death of Mrs. Ibidunni Olajumoke Ituah-Ighodalo, whose birthday wish was to give IVF grants to 40 couples on her 40th birthday.

Ituah-Ighodalo said the foundation, in collaboration with renowned fertility medical partners, had administered IVF treatments to 80 recipients since its inception, adding that 10 babies, including a set of triplets were delivered while others were currently undergoing their gestation period.

He said the project could no longer accommodate that initial number due to paucity of funds.

“We have been assisting 40 couples. But this year, we will not be able to reach that number due to financial constraint. We need support of wellmeaning and affluent Nigerians to help curb the challenges and pains of infertility in the country.

“Our average budget per year is about N120 million over head. Nigerians should help us in raising this money in our quest to ending infertility,” he said.

He also announced the Foundation’s new initiatives, which are, ‘Ibidunni Life Store’ and ‘Ibidunni Ighodalo Entrepreneurial Network,’ a mentoring and digital learning platform for the young to inspire, engage and equip aspiring entrepreneurs on self-leadership, entrepreneurship, and the benefits of creating wealth the right way.

The Foundation’s Executive Secretary, Grace Ogunniyi, who spoke about the registration, confirmed that the portal would be open on July 19 to mark the posthumous birthday anniversary of the Founder, Ibidunni Ighodalo.

Ogunbiyi said: “We are hoping to have more babies from the 2021 set and for this new cycle, we would like people to partner with us financially. We are grateful to those who have supported us so far.

“The foundation is totally committed to keeping hope alive and helping struggling families ease their way into parenthood. Interesting couples should visit www.ibidunniighodalofoundation.org and apply for this cycle.”