by Wilfred Okiche
The Children of Haggai (COH) Foundation, a registered group set up to assist orphans get quality education introduces the 1-2-1 initiative; a programme through which individual members of the public, groups and corporate sponsors can pledge support and assume full responsibility for a child’s primary education.
In this programme, fees are paid directly to the child’s school – yearly for individual and 6 years upfront for group and corporate sponsors. Term reports on child’s academic records and general performance are sent to the sponsor, and the sponsor is allowed full participation at school events (open house, recitals, sports day) if desired.
To celebrate the launch of the programme, the COH foundation is organising a 1-2-1 awareness soiree on the 6th of August at the prestigious Oriental Hotel, Lekki, to create awareness. Highlights of the event include a fashion show as well as musical entertainment by Yinka Davies,Tiwa Savage, Shank and a host of others. Items provided by big names such as Samsung, LDA, Jewel by Lisa will be auctioned off and a raffle draw will be held to reward winners.
Celebrity hosts for the night are BBA All Stars winner Uti Nwachukwu and Studio 53 extra’s Eku Edewor. Proceeds from the event will go towards covering education costs for the Haggai kids presently benefitting from the foundation’s education initiative.
Children of Haggai foundation was founded by Sheffy Bello-Osagie when in 2009, a chance stop-over at the Lekki orphanage on her way home from work changed her life forever. She decided to take a pro-active step by soliciting scholarship offerings from good schools in the neigbourhood. She finally found the Valour school in Lekki and has raised enough funds to sponsor ten children. The foundation boasts prominent Nigerians in various fields of endeavour as board members.