#Impact365: This NGO run by a 25-year-old is making so much difference

Charity With Ayaoba is a non-governmental organization started by a 25-year-old to help fight against child-hawking and educate young children.

The NGO rose up to the task when it gathered a group of volunteers to teach children in Oyo state during the closure of schools in the state.

In this interview with YNaija’s #Impact365, Esther Ayaoba, the founder of Charity With Ayaona, talks about the NGO and the good works they are doing with the little they have.

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What motivated you to startup Charity with Ayaoba? 
To be honest, the motivation is from God. And searching further the need to positively impact the society and have less of kids and children hawking in the street and empower the less privilege.
Can you tell us how and when you started the initiative?
The initiative started 2nd of June, 2016 to celebrate my 25th birthday.
Have you made any impact or achieved any of your goals? 
Due to funds we are lagging behind but we have being able to conduct free coaching to public school students and this had a great impact when they were on strike for more than a month.
We gather you work with volunteers to teach these children. So far have you been able to get enough volunteers?
To a large extent there has been positive responses from different young people to teach the children.
What are the challenges you face in getting and working with volunteers? 
A major challenge is getting them to be fully committed but we know as an organization just starting off, such is bound to happen.
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Lets talk about the infrastructure your initiative is using. How do you get them? Is it self-funded? 
Some are self-funded while some are given to us by a church nearby, we are allowed to use the classrooms of the school in the church compound.
You’ve also been active on the campaign to end child hawking. Could you tell us more about it? 
The whole project is majorly a campaign to end child-hawking, we only started the free coaching so as to have a foundation to build on.
It is a campaign to educate people against child-hawking and create awareness of the dangers involved. We also have plans to help children who genuinely are hawking due to lack of funds to carter for their needs.
So far how has the public reacted to your initiative? 
To the best of our knowledge, with the little publicity we put out, there has been different responses. Also on few occasions, from surveys conducted and collated, a lot of people we interviewed have opinions on why some children hawk, the disadvantages and how they are appreciative of an initiative like this.

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