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Osinbajo applauds ex-minister’s humanitarian initiative for orphans, others



Osinbajo applauds ex-minister’s humanitarian initiative for orphans, others

By Chijioke Okoronkwo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo praised former finance minister Kemi Adeosun for her efforts to reach orphans, vulnerable children and those less privileged.

Osinbajo presented the Commendation Sunday in Lagos at the launch of DashMe Store, an online component of the Dashme Foundation.

The DashMe Foundation, which is the initiative of Adeosun, aims to change the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children, youth and victims of domestic violence in West Africa by funding indigenous organizations that work with them.

Dashme Store is also an online thrift store to raise funds for orphanages and other people in need; it’s about celebrating the art of giving.

The Vice President said that Adeosun has the capacity for new ideas and innovation and praised his tenacity in carrying them out.

“But above all his commitment to the notion that all service to man is in fact service to God; that we owe people, especially the poor and disadvantaged, not only empathy, but concrete and creative dispositions to enable them to live their best lives.

“That is why as minister, she prioritized the social investment program when for the first time we voted nearly 500 billion naira from our annual budget for social assistance programs for the poor.

“So I’m really not surprised that she decided to use some of her enormous talent and influence to create an organization that raises funds and resources for local charities working with orphaned and vulnerable children,” disadvantaged young people and victims of domestic violence.

“The DashMe Foundation is all over the place, who really is Kemi Adeosun.

He said that Adeosun and his team brought the new notion of social enterprise to the project.

Philanthropy, he says, comes with the discipline, attention to detail and financial prudence of a successful business.

Osinbajo said that an important part of the DashMe Foundation is the DashMe Store.

“This is just one of the creative ways the foundation raises funds for charity.

“The idea for this charity thrift store is great and the first of its kind in Nigeria.

“It’s a unique model that doesn’t just give to the needy the conventional way of just giving out donations.

“It’s an innovative and structured way to aggregate donations to earn income and transform the lives of vulnerable and needy people while creating jobs in the process. “

He said the process ensures that donations reach hard-to-reach vulnerable people through the local charities the foundation supports.

He said he was particularly impressed with the DashMe online store.

“It is very user-friendly and easy to navigate; I have to say that your focus on fundraising for local charities is crucial.

“Having campaigned with you on behalf of our party, the APC all around Ogun and all parts of Nigeria, it is clear that you cannot reach Nigeria and the Nigerians if you do not have a plan for the base.

“It is clear to me that the ultimate goal of this foundation is not to be a handout but a powerful institution for the creation of wealth and opportunity for the less privileged today.

“I am happy that the poor and disadvantaged now have one of the smartest, most articulate and tenacious spokespersons and activists – Adeosun,” he said.

The vice president expressed optimism that the DashMe Foundation would be a game-changer for philanthropy and social enterprise in Nigeria.

Earlier, Adeosun said there were 17.5 million orphaned and vulnerable children in Nigeria.

She said the tradition that supported these children, the extended family, had been abandoned with urbanization.

The former minister said the DashMe Store aims to raise as much money as possible for orphanages, children’s homes, profile them and send funds to them.

She said that for a charity to be sustainable, a lot of people would have to donate small amounts over time.

According to her, a technology that will allow orphanages to upload their needs is underway.

Osinbajo then paid a courtesy visit to Oniru of Iru Kingdom, Lagos State, Oba Abdulwasiu Lawal, who is celebrating his coronation anniversary. (NAA)


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