The Founder and Executive Director of KISMET Treasure Foundation in Osun State, Folasade Oyinlola, has unveiled her nonprofit organization to help indigent pupils.
During the unveiling, Oyinlola distributed school uniforms, backpacks, sandals and books to 45 indigent public school pupils in the state.
The beneficiaries, who are in grade 1-6, were drawn from different communities in Irepodun and Orolu Local Government Areas of the State.
The event was attended by stakeholders in the education sector in the state, including the Permanent Secretary of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Fatai Kolawole, who was represented by the Director of Middle School, Arinola Oladimeji.
The Special Guest of Honour at the event, Prince Hameed Oyegbade, the immediate past Chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalist in Osun State, commended Oyinlola for the gesture and urged wealthy individuals to emulate her and assist the poor.
A member of the Osun State House of Assembly representing Obokun Constituency, Hon. Adewuni Adeyemi, also expressed gratitude to Oyinlola for the gesture.
The immediate past Commissioner for Health and Commissioner designate, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu; the Executive President of Garnet Youth Development Foundation, Tunde Omole; and the pioneer Executive Secretary of Osun State Primary Healthcare Development Boar, Dr. Kayode Ogunniyi, were among the dignitaries at the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Oyinlola explained that her intention was to help the poor and that she has decided to concentrate on the indigent and vulnerable children.
According to her: “Having found ourselves in a society with endless needs, we asked ourselves life’s most persistent and urgent question.
“That is: ‘What are you doing for others?
“We understand we cannot solve all the problems around us.
“Of course, we do not possess the capacity to reach everyone.
“However, we also know that it will be the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because we can only do little.
“So we decided to do the little we can.
“The next pertinent question was: ‘To whom?’
“And our response to that was: ‘To children,’ especially the vulnerable ones.”
Oyinlola postulated that children may make up about one-third of the population today, she emphasised that the children constitute the future as a whole.
She said: “KISMET Treasure Foundation was birthed to lend helping hands to the less privileged in our society by helping the vulnerable children to gain access to basic education.
“A Tibetan proverb says a child without education is like a bird without wings. If children constitute all of our future, then for us, education should be a right that no child should be deprived of.”
Oyinlola disclosed that she plans to establish a school for the less privileged, where everything required for the education of all our pupils will be free of charge.
She said: “While we work to deliver that vision, we begin now by distributing educational support material such as school bags, shoes, socks, Mathematics and English textbooks, notebooks and other writing materials to selected pupils from Irepodun and Orolu Local Government Areas of Osun State.
“We believe these items will help alleviate the financial incapability of parents of this kids and help keep the beneficiaries of in school.”
Oyinlola expressed gratitude to Garnet Youth Development Foundation for offering technical support to her initiative.
She said: “I am especially thankful to my darling husband and co-founder Foundation and our wonderful children who have made this endeavour worthwhile.
“I am indeed blessed to have you in my life.”