|[September 03, 2014]
Oando Foundation Launches Ebola Education Support Fund for Children Affected by the Deadly Disease
LAGOS, Nigeria --(Business Wire)--
Nigeria-based Oando Foundation announced the launch of its Ebola
Education Support Fund to support the education of Nigerian children
affected by the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The fund will
provide aid to children who require financial assistance who have lost
one or both of their parents to the deadly disease. Ebola is a
contagious and highly infectious hemorrhagic fever sweeping through West
Africa; in Nigeria there have been five reported fatalities in Lagos and
The Ebola Education Support Fund was instituted to support the financial
strain that may be experienced by many families due to the loss of a
parent or both parents. This could have a huge impact on the ability of
children to continue schooling thereby invariably affecting the future
of our country.
The UNESCO Education for All Report 2013/14 statistics reveals that
there are 10.5 million out-of-school Nigerian children. The Foundation
has a mandate to ensure that the devastation caused by the EVD does not
increase the number of Out-of-School Children in Nigeria.
"We appreciate that the loss of a parent or both parents to EVD can be
very daunting and seriously affect the future of a child," says Tokunboh
Durosaro, Director of the Oando Foundation. "Th importance of education
cannot be underscored and this is why Oando Foundation has launched the
Ebola Education Support Fund to mitigate the effect of this tragedy. The
fund will ensure that all affected children complete their education to
university level, notwithstanding their loss."
The Ebola Education Support Fund will provide grants to cover school
fees and other education costs of all affected children from now until
In addition to the Education Support Fund, Oando Foundation is also
supporting the Ebola Containment Trust Fund to prevent further spread of
the disease by donating over 5,000 protective suits, gloves, protective
glasses and boot covers. These items will be distributed to health
workers and medical institutions in Lagos and Rivers State.
About Oando Foundation:
Oando Foundation, established in 2011, is an independent charity
launched by Oando PLC, one of Africa's leading indigenous energy
solutions providers.�The Foundation aims to support the Nigerian
Government to meet the Millennium Development Goals to achieve Universal
primary education. Its mission is to radically improve the quality of
teaching and learning in Nigerian schools and communities by ensuring
access to world class basic education systems.
Oando PLC currently provides 1% of its annual pretax profit to fund the
Foundation. Oando Foundation has also established strategic partnerships
with government, the private sector, international development partners,
NGOs and civil society to fulfill its goals and objectives.
Oando Foundation has adopted 48 schools across 20 states, Adamawa,
AkwaIbom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, FCT Abuja,
Kaduna, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Plateau, Rivers,
Sokoto, and Taraba States. The Foundation plans to adopt 100 schools by
2015; directly affect over 200,000 lives by ensuring over 100,000 pupils
have access to quality primary education; broaden the capacity of over
4,000 teachers, award scholarships to over 2,560 pupils to reduce direct
and indirect costs of education to students.
Learn more about the Foundation at oandofoundation.org.
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