My name is Olorunfunmi Adebajo. (…just call me Funmi, I know it’s a long name).
I am a Nigerian and one of the 1,000 fellows from Sub-Saharan Africa to participate in president Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African Leaders. During my fellowship I studied Civic leadership at Rutgers, the state University of New Jersey. I also have a masters degree in Education Administration and Planning.
I have a passion for improving the lives of poor people by providing education and showing kindness. Infact, my life vision is that young girls across Africa will say to me, “…because of you we finished school”.
2015 was a very rough year for me and in my despair I wrote this-
“…The past 7 months of my life seem like a waste. I cannot help but feel a sort of creepy emptiness and irreplaceable loss. I have a constant feeling of loneliness and wanting to be alone. I’m tired of making people smile and I don’t want anyone to make me smile either. I literally feel a crack in my heart, I feel like walking away…to somewhere distant, where nobody knows me. My spirit is broken. I know it, my spirit is broken.”
I found solace in taking care of a destitute whom I had known for over 15 years. He slept in the gutters and had nothing but the oxygen in his nostrils to his name. I provided him shelter, clothing and feeding. Caring for him became my lifeline, I soon found myself and rose like a phoenix. My Facebook friends heard about it and they supported me immensely, donating funds to support his sustenance. Through Facebook, he also got rehabilitation, medical care and vocational training. Today, he is doing great. Thanks to simple acts of kindness.
I founded Kindle Africa Empowerment Initiative in 2016 to provide a global platform for people like you to join in improving the lives of people living in extreme conditions of poverty through the provision of education and welfare. However, the focus now is on vulnerable women and children. Women because of the old African proverb “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a nation”. Children because education is the only tool to give the children a brighter future and break the cycle of inter-generational poverty.
I believe in a poverty free Africa. That one day, the laughter of these children would ring across the mountains as they go to school in their uniforms and that someday their mothers will dance because they can now afford to pay their hospital bills.
Your support and donations can make this happen.
I am Olorunfunmi, I KINDLE AFRICA.