Over the past decade, the Foundation has seen how valuable access to educational opportunities that provide students with the skills and resources they need to compete is in a rapidly changing global environment.
We have supported young talents from Primary School level to University level through our scholarship programand the provision of high-quality educational tools over the years.
The Foundation also built and donated an all-girls Secondary School, the Dame Irene Okwuosa Memorial Convent (DIOMECO), in Oraifite, Anambra State.
The 600 student capacity school affords young girls from all over Nigeria access to quality education in a constantly evolving and increasingly competitive world. The modern school complex has many amenities, including an ICT room, a fully equipped library, an integrated studio and learning hub, a laboratory, an art studio, and medical and sports rooms.
To support the goal of gender equality, we have also organized career workshops and symposiums that introduced girls to career paths in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Ensuring equitable healthcare for all is core to our mission. Since the Foundation’s inception, we have provided free medical care for underserved communities through medical missions, health fairs and sponsorship of individual medical procedures in Nigeria and overseas.
The Foundation built and commissioned the Dame Irene Okwuosa Memorial Hospital (DIOMH) in Oraifite, Anambra State. The Hospital project involved the establishment of a world-class, fully-equipped hospital with a speciality in cardiovascular surgeries and interventions capable of delivering equitable, high-quality medical treatment.
The Hospital is complete with a 64-slice CT scan, the latest Cath lab, 4D Ultra-sound Scan machine and ICU Machines with ventilators.
Partnering with the Vincent Ohaju Obioma Memorial (VOOM) Foundation, a Texas-based foundation made up of volunteer doctors, nurses, health workers and other support professions, has also allowed us to provide both subsidised and free-of-charge healthcare services, including through health fairs and outreach. In 2022 alone, over 32 open-heart surgeries were performed at DIOMH by VOOM Foundation’s volunteer teams which accounted for 15% of the total open-heart surgeries carried out in Nigeria combined.
At the Foundation, we believe that sustainable socio-economic empowerment should be centered around providing market-facing skills and opportunities, particularly to the youth, which are the majority of the Nigerian and African population. Our goal is to teach beneficiaries how to “fish” so they can feed themselves and their communities for a lifetime.
Over the years, we have been involved in several socio-economic initiatives in communities across Nigeria.
Notable projects include the building of a garriprocessing factory and donation of motorcycles to assist small business owners with their transportation businesses.
These programs have had a sustained and positive economic impact in the lives of our beneficiaries by providing employment and other opportunities.