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OUR STORY

Curiosity? Who cares…

It is all to get a job in the end so who cares? 

The philosophy teacher with his waistcoat bought from Marks and Spencer, his glasses placed half way on his nose, his breath smelling like self importance asks the biology students what is truth?  Charlie responds "If we all came from monkeys who cares?". 

Nicholas's first algebra class, the teacher just asked the question we all dread, “What is X?” Charlie half asleep is picked on, he was in the middle of his day dream about to get the pass from David Beckham and score the goal to help England win the world cup and he hears “Charlie,Charlie… what is X?” He looks up, his eyelids fluttering and some saliva dropping from the left side of his mouth and in rage he shouts “Who cares?".

Alex on his graduation day throws up his hat and jumps up saying “no more learning for me till i die! so who cares?". I just met this guy, he is a hunk of a fellow, you know big muscles and in that black suit with the red tie and oh don't forget his slim-fit trousers, he is alone in the office and I approach him to introduce myself and guess what I see? You won't believe this clown was reading… I mean not just any book, but “Unified field theory of aesthetics” who cares?.


Sara “If I can get a job that pays me well why should i read a book she says, so who cares?”.

Despite being in attendance 14 days out of the 110 days of the first term because his mother could not afford to pay his fees, Honour, A student sponsored by OIA GIVES, scored 63% average in his exams… He cares! 

 

OIA GIVES™ AT A GLANCE

A Bit of Background

Gloria and I set up this initiative on behalf of the less than fortunate children that we have met in our travels.

My name is Cynthia, and after several trips with my friend Gloria in 2017, we decided to set up an educational fund for less than fortunate children and youths in Africa. So far we’ve been supported by friends and families, friends of friends and families, and new friends we have met, who have helped us till date. 

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GLORIA MARANDU

Co - founder

I see beyond the facade and smiles, I see it


Too often, we underestimate the power of the smallest act of care, and how one small act of kindness or compassion could have the potential to turn a life around. 


For me, this lesson was moulded into me at a very early age. Although, I would love to take all the credit and say that I was innately charitable, empathetic and benevolent …

CYNTHIA OMIGIE

Co - founder

Let me take you back to a 16yr old me, jeez ! seems like just yesterday. 


It had been 2yrs since I saw my father. We left him behind. I miss him.


This will be my first visit back, I hope my friends remember me, I hope they still like me, I hope I remember the way home, I hope the house is as I remember it, I hope I stay safe

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ARNOLD OMIGIE

Ambassador

Why OIA Gives™? 


Naturally I see charities as short-term in the impact they make. I feel they are without long term sustainability and recently, the reputation charities have is that of charlatans.  

Based on these precepts, I am the last person to support or even donate to a charity. So why did I decide to go against my proclivities to volunteer for OIA Gives™ I hear you ask? The answer to that question is embodied in the personality and character of Cynthia Omigie.  

 
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BANKE GABRIEL

Ambassador

“So to achieve goals, we should not focus on what we want but on why we want it?"

PAUL ROGERS

Ambassador

“Cynthia, I wake up in the morning and I have a roof over my head, I have shoes on my feet, I have clothes on my back, I have food to eat. The least I can do, is help support these children. How soon can they come to England to visit?”

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PALINGU MANAHARI WITHARANA

Ambassador

Everything happens for a blessing

 
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GLORIA OBAZEE

Facilitator

Helping less than privileged children has been one of my dreams, to help them attain their full life potential in spite of the hand they have been dealt is truly a blessing.

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ISSA MUNU

Ambassador

What experience do you bring to this new role as a volunteer i.e custodian of OIA Gives™️ ideals?

I understand what a young person needs to access quality education in Africa as I did both primary and secondary school in Sierra Leone 

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JAMES OYINLOLA

Ambassador

How can I be more involved. I want to be doing more, I should be doing more. What can I do?

 

PETIT A PETIT, L’OISEAU FAIT SON NID -“Little by little, the bird makes its nest.”

French Proverb

IN A MOMENT OF CRISIS, THE WISE BUILD BRIDGES AND THE FOOLISH BUILD DAMS.

A Nigerian Proverb

ВЕК ЖИВИ́ — ВЕК УЧИ́СЬ - “Live for a century — learn for a century.”

Russian Proverb

 
 

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“We started OIA Gives™ as a way of helping people less fortunate than ourselves in anyway we can. Too often, we underestimate the power of the smallest act of caring, and how one small act of kindness or compassion could have the potential to turn a life around. To know that we’re all in this together is a wonderful thing because we understand that together we can make a difference.“ - Cynthia & Gloria

WORK WITH US

OIA Gives™ is all about helping to drive action for positive impact. We are determined to do our part and help fulfil 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the year 2030 for Africa. Although it’s an ambitious plan, we believe that together we can make a difference

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME

Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Volunteer Your Time and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help.

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Our organisation always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making OIA GIVES™ an even better Non-Profit Organisation than it already is. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.

 
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