Educating the Underprivileged: The Children of Haggai Foundation Launches 1-2-1 Initiative

In recent years, we have seen a raise in the social consciousness of many Nigerians. Various organizations, all seeking to better the lives of the less privileged through various forms of social entrepreneurship.

The Children of Haggai (COH) Foundation is one of such organizations. Set up in August 2009, by Sheffy Belo-Osagie, the COH vision is to partner with members of the society and educational institutions to provide education for under-privileged children, fostering the social imperative to assist the less fortunate.

The COH Story by Sheffy Belo-Osagie
Following regular visits to orphanages in Lekki, I noticed from my interaction with the children that they lacked basic communication skills. Knowing that their lack of proper education, at a foundational level, implies that they miss out on their passport to a future, which thrives on competition and progress compelled me to action.

It was clear to me that at their current (and possible) future level of education would lead to possible social issues in the future. For example, how would they compete with their peers for jobs? How would they develop socially with bad grammar and possible resultant low self-esteem? Moved, I decided to make a difference. No longer was I going to drop by with a shopping bag full of chocolates, fruit juice and cookies. Instead, I started soliciting scholarship offerings from good private schools in the neighbourhood.

The search for a modestly-priced school in a highbrow neighbourhood like Lekki was the first hurdle. Fortunately, I was introduced to the proprietress of Valour Schools who offered an extremely generous rebate for each orphan (God bless her). After raising enough funds to sponsor 10 children, prequalification tests where conducted for the children in the home aged five to 12 and the top 10 were enrolled at Valour Schools. Today, there’s a marked improvement in their speech, charisma and level of confidence. These results have encouraged me immensely and convinced me of the need to roll out this programme further.

A deficit of educated people in a society hinders its future progress. These children are part of Nigeria’s future and they must grow! Nigeria must grow! And we can all do it together!

Sheffy Belo-Osagie, Founder Children of Haggai Foundation

Sheffy Belo-Osagie, Founder Children of Haggai Foundation

The 1-2-1 Initiative
As the name suggests, this involves a one-on-one arrangement where an individual is financially responsible for the education of a child. The fees (rebate rate) are paid directly to the school and report cards are sent to the sponsor. The sponsor may also choose to take active participation in the child’s academic growth i.e. attending PTA meetings, occasional visits to the orphanage or school (where child is enrolled in boarding school facilities).

This type of interaction allows the sponsor to track progress of the child, while the legal rights remain with the orphanage.

The Event

To commemorate the launch of this worthy cause, the Children of Haggai Foundation invites you to a Black Tie Awareness Soiree for her 1-2-1 initiative which aims to pair orphans with individual members of society as educational sponsors.

Venue: Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos
Date: 6th August 2011
Red Carpet: 5-6PM
Soiree: 6-8PM
Special Guest of Honor: Her Excellency, The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire
Keynote addresses: Mo Abudu and Barrister Enitan Oshodi, Lagos State Commissioner for Youth, Sports & Social Development
Hosts of the day: Uti Nwachukwu and Eku Edewor
The event will also feature a fashion show featuring some of Nigeria’s finest designers i.e. Toju Foyeh, Be Grey etc
And performances by Basketmouth, Tiwa Savage, YQ, Davido, Shank, Show Dem Camp, Yinka Davies, DJ Atte, Rilwan, Chykay and other surprise artistes.
Tickets Prices: N10,000 – Regular and N25,000 – VIP.
Ticket Purchase Contacts: Sheffy on 07086458659, Omas on 08033072811 or Ose on 08028440220 for ticket bookings.

This event is hosted and supported by BellaNaija.com, Viala Wine, Quintessentially, ISES Solutions, Genevieve Magazine and Sleek Makeup.

Let’s make a difference…Together!

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34 Comments on Educating the Underprivileged: The Children of Haggai Foundation Launches 1-2-1 Initiative
  • BubblyBliss July 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    This is a great initiative!

  • missy July 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Great job. Eko o ni baje o

  • Deola Adelekun July 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    yay!!! Well done Sheffy!

  • K Bello-Osagie July 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Good job cousin Sheffy. Didn’t realize you were having an event. More grease to your elbow

  • Christian July 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    So how do folks in diaspora pay for fees? And do we get reports emailed overseas?

  • Christian July 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Also, is this only targetted at Lagosians?

  • Tosin Ademola July 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    SBO!

  • ziggy July 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Well done, May God continuously strengthen you….Amen

  • S-J July 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Very proud of your work Sheffy. Keep it up x

  • Ben12 July 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Tis good to no that 9jas are beginnin 2 brighten up their minds n develop worthy initiatives. I’m inspired

  • eloho July 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    This is a lovely initiative! May God bless your heart. My only issue is that i think the ticket price is too much.

  • Kunle July 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Support the 1-2-1 initiative. Support my wife-to-be :-)

  • mary007 July 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    When I see young people like SBO I know there for a great country

  • Proudly Sheffy’s girl July 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Go girl…
    Lagos, if you’re not at The Oriental on the 6th of August, you’re on a long thing. Lol

  • ivie Osula July 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Excellent initiative Sheffy! May God bless you as you put a smile on the less privileged.

  • Cali girl July 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    This is impressive and I knowof loads of people where I reside that might be interested. Is there a website we can visit?

  • ivie Osula July 28, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Excellent initiative Sheffy! May God bless you as you put smiles on the faces of the less privileged

  • Derin July 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Impressive!

  • miss G-O July 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Awwww. I remember how this all started.we’re behind u guys

  • Kemchi July 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Wow! Welldone sister. The part abt cookies and chocolate put a smile on my face. There’s hope for Naija. God will surely reward u.

  • ZIO July 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Yayy…Looking forward to blessing the needy…..bought a fine dress for the event:)

  • Henry O. July 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Nice one. May God continue to put smiles on your face as you have decided to put smiles on the faces of the less privileged. Cheers.

  • Fan July 28, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    This is lovely. One of the most worthy causes I’ve seen in a while.
    It wont be a bad idea to have a website so people can go there, donate, or contact or whatever. Some people may not be able to afford 1-2-1 but they may want to give something per month or so for the education of the children who didn’t get sponsors.

    I really don’t see why there has to be a red carpet for all (or almost all) events in Lagos now too. It’s not a fashion show or entertainment show so I don’t see the need but if that’s what the organizers want then, no probs.

    But still kudos. I’m really inspired

  • aminat Jegede July 29, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Wow! I am highly inspired and proud of Sheffy. Let’s support her to make this our own contribution to the development of our nation. I bet we’l never regret this.

  • Brown Heart July 29, 2011 at 7:45 am

    GREAT WORK S.B.O THE CHARITY INDUSTRY IS BEHIND YOU…AND WE AT B.H.F BELIEVE IN YOUR IDEOLOGY

  • mimi July 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Ok..this is great!

    Hmnnnn… Kiddies Digest will certainly like to give media support for this initiative.

  • cheeze July 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Nice one.

  • Oby Okoye July 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I would like to commend you very strongly for starting up this project. I plan to do something like this in the future after my studies so seeing another Nigerian already doing this has already made you my role model. May God bless you and keep you strong in every way to continue giving hope and oppurtunities to the less-privileged.

  • Written July 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Amazing. I have had a similar idea for such a long time. How do those of us not based in the Country get involved?

  • jezz July 29, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Worthy course, but true, d ticket price is expensive. 10k for regular? You sound genuine n I thank God for u, I know a lotof people who hv turned orphanage homes to money spinning ventures. Collecting soo much from good-hearted people, n giving d children little or nothing

  • Zed July 30, 2011 at 10:47 am

    This is a really great idea Sheffy!!! Is there a website or a way for people outside Nigeria to help as well?

  • Children of Haggai July 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Hello all,

    Thanks a lot for your comments and suggestions. Unfortunately, our website is still under construction but should be up in a few days.

    We understand that some people are unable to take up the responsibility of being a sole sponsor at this time, so we welcome donations.
    We’ve set up a trustfund for kids benefiting from this programme. We would like to be able to track all donations so as to send regular updates so kindly email sheffy@childrenofhaggai.org for details and further enquiries and we’ll respond in good time.

    We look forward to your support. Please note that all proceeds from ticket sales go towards educating orphans

    Thank you and God bless :-)

  • ananthakumar February 20, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Dear sir/Mam,
    please help us to start Haggai school here in south india to educate poor & orphan children

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