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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Why we established DashMe Foundation - Kemi Adeosun



We have an obvious problem of poverty and lack in Nigeria. Statistics from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs tell us there are 17.5M orphaned and vulnerable children in Nigeria. That is 1 in every 12 Nigerians. 

Our indigenous charitable sector is well-meaning but fragmented and struggles to attract the resources needed. Nigerians are naturally generous and helping others comes naturally but needs to better organized and formalized. Nigeria has a lot of charitable work going on all across the nation and its good work, by dedicated people. Small groups or families decide to help alleviate the suffering of our most vulnerable, and they do so as an act of faith, with few receiving predictable revenue inflows. This uncertainty in funding can adversely affect the quality of their work and the people they are able to help. Research has shown that up to 20% of orphanages are funded solely by their founders.

DashMe Foundation is a social enterprise that has been established to have a transformative impact on the lives of orphans and vulnerable children, disadvantaged youth and the victims of domestic violence. We plan to solve the problems of these groups of Nigerians by raising funds that will go directly to them through the people who work closely with them. Funding will come from innovative fundraising activities, sponsorships and partnerships with corporate and global foundations who have interest in Africa. 
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