Canadian Foundation Makes Huge Investments to Improve Standard of Living in Nigeria


A Canadian based foundation, – ‘It Begins With U’- ‘IBWU Foundation’ has made huge investments in different causes to improve the living standard of the Nigerian people in different parts of the country.

The Foundation in its recently released 2020 annual report highlighted some of its impactful projects in Nigeria.

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IBWU’s model encompasses working collaboratively with partners in Nigeria, mainly, JCI Nigeria, Rotary Nigeria and other partnerships. IBWU remains committed to impacting communities one step at a time.

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The Foundation in 2020 donated food relief supplies to over eight states in Nigeria during the first covid 19 outbreak, as well as clothes to orphanages and old people’s homes in Lagos, an initiative which was done in collaboration with JCI Eko and JCI Victoria Island.

IBWU also organized an interactive seminar for Southern Eastern Nigerian Women, participated in community sanitation in Takalafiya Community, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, where it constructed a borehole and donated life straw water filtration systems in, Nsugbe and Awka, Anambra State, Ibadan, Oyo State and Akure, Ondo State, in collaboration with GELD Foundation, JCI Anambra, JCI Elite, Ibadan, and JCI Akure.

In Canada, IBWU also completed a clothing drive which allowed it to donate gently used clothes to those in need in Ontario, Canada.

IWBU’s Members in Canada with clothing and gift items for the less privilege

The Foundation also had a very successful interactive seminar under our Thrive series, titled “A Conversation on Health and Wellness”, which addressed good healthy habits, the need for important medical and health awareness and monitoring, as well as work/family balance.

IBWU’s Board Chair, Michael Emeka Dibua explained that the mission and values of IBWU are inspired by simple acts of charity and by working in partnerships with communities as participants and encouraging social and community responsibility, beginning with each individual.

IBWU is a Not-For-Profit, incorporated in Canada and founded by people of like minds across North America, Europe and Africa who are brought together by a passionate and common desire to bring about positive changes in our communities”

IBWU’s Board Vice-Chair, Tom Brown also pointed out that IBWU began its activities and programs with a strong focus on both Canada and Nigeria with strong focal attention and agenda for positive change and support are set within our memorandum and mandate, adding that IBWU’s Commitment to United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), aligns with the UN’s call for action, to all countries, developed and developing for a truly global partnership.

“The UN recognizes that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests”,

IBWU has taken up the challenge to continue to push the boundary in the charitable space in Nigeria and according to David Brown, a member of the advisory committee of IBWU Nigeria, the future is bright for volunteerism and giving back to our communities in Nigeria”, Brown stressed.

Financial Director, Laura Awosanya called for funding initiatives to drive, IBWU’s projects in Nigeria, saying that the funds with be used to drive all the SDGs goals and indicators.

One of the IBWU’s outreaches at the norther part of Nigeria

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“The United Nations Sustainable Developmental Goals are a collection of seventeen interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all”, Awosanya said.

The SDGs were set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030.


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