We Care Trust, the pet project of Mrs. Iara Oshiomhole, wife of Edo State Governor, on Wednesday in Benin City donated the sum of N2 million to the Trinitarian Missionaries of Merciful Love Congregation.
Mrs. Oshiomhole who made the donation during an assessment tour to orphanages such as Iwinosa Orphange Home, Rehabilition of the Marginalized Remar Association of Nigeria and the Trinitarian Orphan and Helpless said the N2 million donation was to complete payment for the house presently occupied by the orphans at Trinitarian.
According to Mrs. Oshiomhole, the gesture is in keeping to her commitment to the wellbeing of the needy in the society.
She said the visit was to assess their living condition and to provide comfort and basic necessities to help them attain their
Contiuning, she said her gesture was made possible through the donations of philanthropists and well-meaning persons to her pet project, “We Care Trust”
She expressed confidence that the pet project will address the need of the less privilege ranging from health, education, skill acquisition among others.
Meanwhile, under the auspices of “Project Focus”, she successfully completed a 10-day intervention program on human development for 36 young men and women. They received comprehensive trainings in sundry vocations, including fishery, decor and baking.
With Focus Project, Mrs Oshiomhole is turning out to be a focused interventionist interested mainly in the rebirth of a new Nigerian through the empowerment of her young but unemployed people. More than that, she is convinced that even if her role is akin to finding a needle in a hay sack, her satisfaction is in sorting out one challenge at a time which she hopes will go a long way in saving not just one life but those that depend on it.
“My expectation is to train the trainers not just to get the skills but master them. This is very important to me it will go a long way in living a more fulfilled life. That is why we are investing so much time, energy and money and we must monitor them to ensure it turns out the way we projected. I have no doubt that they will do well eventually”.
With over five thousand applicants, far more than projected, she had to evolve a credible and transparent selection process that is removed from any form of political interference. Unanimously, the decision was taken that all the applicants must go through both oral and written examination out of which the best 36 will emerge. Successful participants were subsequently grouped into three based on their interests and strength of performances. Thereafter, they were quartered in a hotel from where they went out daily for rigorous lectures and practical trainings schedules.
But unlike other two groups, the bakers got the best deals from the project. According to the group’s mentor and resource person, each member received mini tablets enabled with one month data to, among other things, established and maintain contact with would-be client, interact with peers and familiarize themselves with happenings in their chosen vocation. The gadget is also expected to come in handy as part of the continuous monitoring and mentoring process needed to ensure that they put everything they learnt into practice.
During the training process, all the participants received comprehensive practical and classroom tutorials from seasoned resources persons. More than that, they were also groomed on the economics of their chosen vocation. For instance, whereas the vogue in fishery is the use of imported feed, they were taught the process of producing nourishing and high yield local alternative with the capacity to reduce the cost of the enterprise by over 70 per cent. Besides being taught how to calculate feeding formula from local alternative, they also learnt how to construct local ponds by themselves. At the end of the training, each member of the group received 500 free juvenile fishes to start their business without delay.
Project Focus not only changed the perception of the beneficiaries over being self employed particularly with regards to its financial requirements, it also gave them a new lease of life at no cost as some of them puts it.
“Before now, I held the opinion that I needed so much money to go into a venture like fishery. Now I know better. Honestly, if I knew what I know now, I would have long become an employer of labour. But I can tell you that the program gave my life back to me”
With Project Focus, Mrs. Oshiomhole brought life back to some of the participants beyond measure. This is the case for three of the 36 participants who emerged tops in their different groups. Each of them received half a million (N500,000) Naira award for excellent performance. But over all, each participant, including those who failed to meet participation requirement, went home with Ten Thousand (N10,000) Naira.