IBWU Foundation: Transforming Lives, Creating Possibilities

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Nurudeen Salako


“IBWU during the global pandemic provided food supplies to people in six states in Nigeria, a project that was achieved with JCI Nigeria, Rotary Nigeria, and other Non for Profit Organisations to address the hardship people faced during the period”


People are the catalysts for positive change that impacts and influences the future generation for excellence. Meanwhile, in a country like Nigeria, communities are in high need of interventions and support to changing people’s mindsets to take responsibility for social change and community development.

IBWU Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation incorporated in Canada and founded by people of like minds across North America, Europe, and Africa has been involved in driving positives developments, transforming lives, and creating possibilities in different communities of Nigeria.

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When asked what prompted the idea of IBWU Foundation, Chairman of the Foundation, Michael Dibua revealed that the utmost desire to do something impacting rather than criticize what is wrong in our communities triggered the project and stressed that the change people want to find in their community begins with each person taking steps and doing simple acts of charity one step at a time.

“IBWU’s intervention particularly focused on Nigerian communities because the need for interventions for the ordinary people in Nigeria is huge. Meanwhile, there are other parts where IBWU Foundation is domiciled like Canada, and has membership in the United Kingdom as well.

Addressing social change and community development through major inventions, IBWU Foundation has recorded several impactful interventions in Nigeria in line with the United Nations, Social Development Goals (SDG), that include borehole projects and interventions in the Tafalafiya Community in the FCT;

Interactive seminar featuring advocacy and respiratory resuscitation in Enugu; Covid-19 intervention and donation of food items in six states in Nigeria; Donation of water filtrations systems in four states and hospitals in Nigeria amongst other projects”

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“We also have the hidden treasure initiatives from time to time, where we collect and ship clothes from Canada to Nigeria. This is done in collaboration with JCI Nigeria to ensure that these clothes are donated to the needy in Nigeria amongst other humanitarian projects” he added.

Commenting on the additional projects they have launched, the Canada-based lawyer unveiled other plans the Foundation is planning to execute in 2021 which include the women empowerment program launched in Ekiti State, completion of the Afijio Sports Recreation Center, in Awe, Oyo State, in partnership with the Seyi Adisa Foundation, aimed at using Sports and Education as instruments of social change and poverty alleviation.

He also mentioned the Cleaner Communities Initiative with JCI Nigeria to tackle the problem of dirty communities in Nigeria, – a pivot towards healthy living and cleaner communities.

IBWU during the global pandemic that affected the entire world in 2020 and 2021 provided food supplies to people in six states in Nigeria, a project that was achieved with JCI Nigeria, Rotary Nigeria, and other Non for Profit Organisations to address the hardship people faced during the period.

Sourcing funds to finance and execute those huge and laudable projects in IBWU Foundation, Michael acknowledged IBWU members’ supportiveness towards the Foundation’s success as they are motivated by the need to touch lives one simple step at a time.

“Presently 100% of funding for our projects so far have come from donations from IBWU members and friends. IBWU became a registered charity in 2021 in Canada and will be looking for international agencies and other Foundations to support its visions”

He, however, described IBWU and JCI Nigeria‘s relationship in service to humanity cause as a partnership that has been excellent, adding that JCI Nigeria has been their hands and feet in Nigeria.

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The foundation has also partnered with Society for the Empowerment of Young Persons (SEYP) Benin, Edo State; Young Achiever Entrepreneur (YAE) in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, and Rotary Club in Umuahia, Abia State Rotary Club Port Harcourt Rivers, State.

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Projecting the future for IBWU in the next 10-20 years, Michael said they want to continue to make a significant impact and positive inroads in the lives and wellbeing of Nigerians people and in all the communities where they reside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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