Food Project Initiated by The FutureHope Empowerment UK & Josiah FutureHope Empowerment Foundation Nigeria.
Ile-Ife Community Food Bank (Osun State, Nigeria)! At our first opening day, over 60 older people aged 70 and over were registered and a food package contains 10 food items: 2Kg of Rice, 2Kg of Red Beans, 2Kg of Garri, bottle of vegetable oil, two tins of Geisha, one box of Cornflakes, half dozen of Chicken Indomie, twelve sachets of mixed tomato, pepper and onion sauces, Milo and Dano Cool Milk were distributed to each beneficiary. They left feeling differently to when they arrived; they went away having had their dignity restored and hope revived.
Many beneficiaries testify how the FoodBank Bimonthly services would assist them at the point of their needs. Practically, we are running the FoodBank services every month, the older people aged 70 and over are group into two sets. Each set will be receiving our food package alternatively monthly.
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The ongoing research on food insecurity and food poverty amongst average Nigerian pensioners, “The FutureHopeEmpowerment UK and Josiah FutureHopeEmpowerment foundation Nigeria” have analysed survey data and interviewed pensioners who are aged people in our chosen geographical location, who have little or no strength to begin activating new streams of income.
Our findings reveal that pension that is defined as a regular payment made to people who have retired from service, having attained the official retirement age has not been paid for several months and many of the aged people are at risk of under-nutrition as a result of poverty, or not timely receiving their regular payment to enable them purchase food items.
Data survey collected shows that aged people in the targeted age group are in persistent food poverty. The risk of under-nutrition, a major cause of declination of functional organs among aged people.
Our intervention is to prevent poorer health outcomes, falls, and delays in recovery from illness.
In our work to serve the senior citizens of the targeted age group, the mission is to offer good quality and highly nutritious food and beverages for sustainable health benefit.
Our commitments are:
We are committed to continuing developing and delivering dignified service to prevent food poverty among the targeted age group.
*To treat targeted age group in food poverty with dignity and respect.
*To understand the scale of the problem in order that we can address it more effectively.
*To develop a strong partnership approach to reduce food poverty.
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The FutureHope Empowerment UK and her Subsidiary “Josiah FutureHope Empowerment Foundation” Nigeria is offering Scholarship to Students applying to study Agriculture in ongoing Joint University Matriculation Examination into Nigerian Federal Universities.
Please see below for details.
Information, Terms and Conditions!
Applicants must study agriculture or agriculture related courses currently available at the Nigeria Federal Universities.
Application and Admission
All students must be admitted to the Federal University through the normal application procedures. Our Charity Organisation plays no role in the admission of applicants to the Federal University, and is not able to influence the chances of an applicant being offered a place.
The University sets minimum standards – check the requirements for undergraduate.
Also check the information on application deadlines for undergraduate.
Applicants are encouraged to meet the entry requirements of the University as early as possible.
Please also read our information.
The Organisation is committed to equality of opportunity, and no applicant will be treated less favourably than another on the grounds of gender, religion or age. The primary consideration in the selection of Scholars will be applicants’ ability to meet the selection criteria for the scholarship “We require minimium of 6 credits at a sitting in relevant subjects in “O- Level” result. Numbers of “A’s” inclusive will be an advantage.”
The scholarship is allocated to students of Osun State Indigene studying Agriculture or Agriculture related courses.
Full information about Scholarship award to studying agriculture or agriculture related courses in any of The Nigeria Federal Universities.
The scholarship is full awards which will pay the full cost of the study.
The eligibility requirements for full cost scholarships are:
• significant academic achievement and potential
• Full-time study
• financial need
• Indigent of Osun State, Nigeria
If you do not require financial support in order to study Agriculture or Agriculture related courses, please do not apply for a scholarship. You will only be eligible for a scholarship if we are satisfied that you have financial need.
You will be informed in August if you have been successful in gaining a scholarship.
The FutureHope Empowerment UK recognizes music as being a pivotal youth recreational phenomenal important to British culture and society. Coupled with the benefits of music to teenagers, The FutureHope Empowerment UK is engaged in supporting local secondary schools that run music instrumental initiative programs. However, lack of development and none usage of the latent talent, gifts and potentials lead to abject poverty.
The FutureHope Empowerment UK gives scholarships to Students who are engaged and believe that music learning is important and are ready and willing to develop the required knowledge, understanding and skills, but lesson fees are not affordable by their parents due to various factors.
ACHIEVEMENT: The scholarship scheme has impacted in promoting, developing the gifts and talents in Student participants who have used such gifts and talents to contribute to society positively. They have made a positive difference in their lives in terms of social inclusion and economic empowerment thus improving their Social skills which help our society to work well, have maximized their academic Skills that have helped these students achieve academic success that has reflected, portrayed and visualized their full potential.
Want to raise happier kids? Teach them how to be generous.
A “giving” attitude nurtures a sense of well-being. When you are helping others, when you support people in need, your mind generates positive signals and your neurological system goes through an extremely enervating experience. Repetitive exposure to such enervating experiences can change lives for better.
Science has proven that small kids tend to give and share naturally. A Simon Fraser University (Canada) study has shown that toddlers enjoy giving to others more than receiving treats for themselves. Kids have this inherent tendency to give and be generous. Sadly, somewhere, we lose this tendency as we grow and develop more insecurities and absorb toxicity from the surrounding environment.
We’re not saying that generosity as a concept is rare. In fact, organizations like The FutureHope Empowerment can do the sort of work that they do just because there are many generous people who contribute with an open heart.
But the problems that we deal with are so overwhelming that we need to multiply the current level of generosity many times over to make a significant difference in the lives of people in Nigeria and elsewhere. But, that’s the practical side.
A sense of generosity creates a positive world.
How to promote a sense of generosity among your kids?
Here are a few things you can do:
Become a role model
Small children naturally imitate their grown-ups because this is how they learn new behavior and new skills. They are naturally tuned to learn from their surroundings.
A study has shown that an adolescent is 18% more likely to be generous and donate money to a charitable organisation if their parents have made some sort of donation of their own in the past year (source).
If parents engage in volunteering, there is a 27% more chance of their children also doing voluntary work. If their parents have conversations about generosity with their children, 47% more kids want to engage in generous activities.
Hence, kids learn these habits by osmosis and through imitation. The smaller the kid is, the more he or she looks at his parents for role modelling.
Make them aware of the need to be generous
For kids, the world these days is full of distractions. What with video games, YouTube, Instagram and other social networking apps, children these days are always occupied. So, they have little time for other worldly ruminations.
Have constructive conversations with your children. If possible, watch documentaries with them. Show them images of people in less fortunate parts of the world struggling for their day-to-day needs. Sensitize them about the overwhelming poverty many parts of the world suffer from.
We are not suggesting that you fill them with pessimism, but let’s be realistic, we cannot shield them forever. Sooner or later, they need to know the harsh realities of the world and it is better that they receive such information from you rather than from other, normally unadulterated sources.
Tell them that we can only have a peaceful, balanced world if people living in more fortunate parts of the world help people living in a bit less fortunate parts of the world.
Show them the positive stories and the impact that generosity has on the lives of people
Merely telling them about the problems people face may scare them off. You need to show them what positive changes can be triggered with even small instances of generosity.
For example, you can show your children our The Future Hope website to show them all the marvellous work our volunteers are doing in Nigeria, and tell them that this work only becomes possible because of the generosity of people in UK and elsewhere.
Explain to them how monetary help makes it possible for volunteers to travel to remote areas and provide medicines and educational books to small children, how children are vaccinated and protected against deadly diseases, how expensive heart operations can be funded with small donations from people all over the world, and such.
Although it may be a bit difficult, you can also plan a visit to areas where people are poor and must make do with minimal resources, to sensitise your kids.
Make being generous an integral part of life
Being generous is not a one-off activity that you indulge in the spurt of a moment. It’s a lifelong habit.
This is because, generosity doesn’t just mean giving money to the needy or donating to your favourite non-profit organisation or charity. One can be generous towards his or her siblings. One can be generous towards his parents and grandparents. One can be generous towards the flora and fauna.
Generosity is a very positive feeling. The more generous your children are, the stronger will be the sense of well-being among them. If generosity is a part of their life, so will be the sense of well-being.
Make being generous about having a choice
You cannot force-feed generosity to your kids. It must be inculcated slowly if it is missing and nurtured with care if it is already there. Let your children make their own choices on how they want to be generous. Don’t force them into parting with things they don’t want to part with. Don’t make them feel generous towards causes and organisations they don’t emotionally connect with.
Even if you want them to relate to a particular cause, educate them about that cause. For example, if you want your children to donate to make the lives of people in Nigeria better, sensitise them about the conditions in which many poor in Nigeria live. Tell them about the impact they can make. Do this repetitively, over a long period of time. On their own they will start taking interest in your favourite cause.
As mentioned above, being generous must come from inside. You can never pretend to be generous.
St Francis of Assisi said, “It is in giving that we receive.”
We attract what we feel. When we send out generous thoughts, we received generosity. When we transmit positivity, we receive positivity. When you give from your heart, you attract abundance in your own life.
Often, we spend our lifetimes thinking of associating ourselves with worthy causes and then we get busy with the daily affairs of our lives and days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months and months turn into years.
This lapse happens because we think that to make a positive change, to lead the way, it takes lots of effort and long-term involvement.
Yes, there are many acts of goodness that require long-term involvement and effort. For example, our FutureHope empowerment UK volunteers who work at the grassroots level in Nigeria leave their lucrative careers to help their brothers and sisters in distress.
Even here in the UK, we have full-time volunteers and workers who are working night and day raising funds, organising events, arranging resources and coordinating with different volunteers from all our contact spheres.
Nonetheless, you can also lead the way financially.
We live in a world where the necessities of life need to be paid for with money.
Money is needed to run operations. If professional services are needed, they need to be paid. Similarly, products and resources that cannot be obtained freely, must be paid for.
A big chunk of our funds goes into providing financial help to young men and women back in Nigeria, giving them the initial push so that they can start new careers, obtain practical training, and even acquire higher education to sustain themselves and also become contributing members of their societies.
The financial assistance that we get from leaders like you is used to
• Provide vocational training to young Nigerian men and women and help them recognise their strengths and weaknesses and prepared for life ahead, accordingly.
• Help Nigerian children get better education.
• Provide farming training to small farmers.
• Carry out vaccination camps and awareness raising programs.
• Provide nutrition to needy kids.
A small lead that you take makes a big difference
With timely and strategic intervention entire families are lifted out of perpetual poverty.
The same patches of land that laid barren for decades, are flush with crops due to the youths getting modern agriculture training from our volunteers and instructors.
Through the funds that we are able to raise here with your help, we can provide agricultural training to young farmers, teaching them how to sow seeds, how to take care of the young saplings, how to do seasonal farming and how to use chemical fertilisers without increasing the toxicity of the soil.
Through your generous financial support, we can finance young entrepreneurs in Nigeria so that they don’t just earn their own livelihood, they also generate employment opportunities.
So, don’t wait for that very big opportunity to make a positive difference in the world. Even small steps matter.
Now do check out our “Donations” section and lead the way.
Make the donation to our charity and immediately start making a positive change in people’s lives.
Extensive research has proven that when you do good for the others, when you extend a helping hand, when you share your fortune with the less fortunate, the level of dopamine in your brain increases.
Do you know what dopamine does?
Dopamine is the most essential chemical that your brain produces to make you feel good, happy, motivated and contented.
Millions of people all over the world make New Year resolutions irrespective of the fact that most of them don’t stick to them. Why is it so easy to make New Year resolutions on the New Year Eve? This is because the level of dopamine in your brain is very high due to all the food and beverages and happy exchanges you have, and you feel very motivated, you feel as if you can conquer the world.
The same effect happens when you do good work, when you knowingly contribute to change people’s lives for better.
The world is full of pain and misery. War is going on in different parts of the world. Sufficient food is not there. People don’t get education and don’t get to live independent lives. Their bodies and minds are ridden with various ailments.
There is also a world that is capable of helping this other world that is caught in the grip of pain and misery. This other world is empowered.
Many people in the empowered world think that people do good because they fear God and want to appear righteous in front of their God.
There is nothing wrong. God is a great driving force.
But, whether they realize it or not, it is more than that. It is more than their devotion to their respective gods.
It’s their desire to do good. That’s that.
They want to leave a legacy. They want to know that the action that they have just performed is going to change someone’s life.
When they’re trying to do something good for someone else, it isn’t necessary that they are keeping scores and eventually they are going to tell God that look, these are all the good things that I did. Not everybody.
It is a sense of empowerment that one feels that drives people to come out of their comfort zones, make themselves uncomfortable, and help people who somehow, right now, cannot help themselves.
We all have tremendous capabilities. But sometimes, the circumstances are crippling. What we do, what we become, depends a lot on our environment.
This environment can be social, familial, economic, financial, political, or even religious.
When we are constrained by our environment, we need some extra push. This push can be given by people like you who are not constrained, at least not as severely as the other people are, by their environments.
For example, if you are in a position to make a financial contribution to help people in Nigeria, most probably, you live an independent life. You are not stricken with poverty and illiteracy. You are not under political suppression. War is not going on around you. Basically, you are empowered to leave a legacy.
Why does it matter to leave a legacy and what do we mean by empowering oneself?
You will be surprised to read that for some people it is very difficult to extend a helping hand towards the needy. It’s not that they are selfish. It’s just that, it is difficult to shrug off the inertia and take the needed step, even if that step simply means taking out your account detail and making the donation on our website.
It’s just a small step. You may have taken the step (of taking out your credit card and making a payment) while buying a T-shirt or a gadget or handbag.
It’s the same thing. Instead of buying, you’re making a contribution here. You are empowering yourself to do good for someone else instead of for yourself. No, we don’t mean to say that when you help the others you don’t do good for yourself, you definitely do. Dopamine, remember?
The sort of happiness, the sort of feeling of empowerment that you get out of helping the others, is difficult to experience in self-indulgence or even when you are doing day-to-day, mundane tasks.
A few pounds from you may save a life. It may provide another semester for a child who really wants to study. Few contributions from people like you may enable someone to get a life-saving operation.
When these people survive, with these people get education and consequently, get better jobs, you leave a legacy. You have sustained a world for them. How they spend their lives, what experiences they go through, how they view this world, even what they contribute, ultimately, it’s your contribution.
Decide to leave a legacy today.
Make a contribution on our website and change lives.
It’s much harder for a malnourished child to fight off infections or minor illnesses than it is for a well nourished child. Good nutrition can help prevent complications arising from seemingly small health problems and help children stay strong and healthy.
As The FutureHope Empowerment UK put emphasis on health and preventive care and providing timely medication to the ailing, we are raising campaign for awareness and raise funds to support malnourished children in Nigeria, where children malnutrition is so rampant.
Your £1 donation can feed a child for a day. Please make a difference in a child’s life.
Riveting on the long‐term, entrepreneurship training could play major role in poverty alleviation and job creation in the developing world. However, training in entrepreneurship and the provision of other facilities could give less performing owners of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) opportunities to grow their businesses and get themselves and others out of poverty. Subsequently, The FutureHopeempowerment UK are of the belief that entrepreneurship training will fulfil a primary role in preparing our youth for their future. Evidence from elsewhere, in particular industrialized countries, indicates that entrepreneurship training plays important roles in the contribution to economic growth. Experts in the field of entrepreneurship believe that the contribution of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to the growth of a Nation be much higher if entrepreneurship training is implemented.
The study on effect of Entrepreneurship on Poverty Reduction revealed that independent entrepreneurship program has significant and positive effect on poverty reduction. The results support the research that has been done before by Ali Yasin (2013) on Somalia, Adofu (2013) in Nigeria and Emesi (2011) in Nigeria. In addition the results of this study support the opinion of several experts, among others Fong Chan On (2013) and Hasan Sharif (2013) which suggests that the role of entrepreneurship in poverty alleviation can no longer be underestimated because of its role is increasingly crystallized in addressing unemployment and poverty alleviation.
In addition, the results of this study revealed that the aspects relating to the model of business development expected by businesses is access to capital from financial institutions (Bank), access to capital from a financial institution (non-bank),training opportunities.
Based on The FutureHopeempowerment UK researches it is recognised that the following needed to be focused on: (1) the need to optimize the competencies of entrepreneurs by improving the professional skills of the business that occupied, build communication and partnering with others for the betterment of the business, creating business opportunities and to improve the ability to organize business managed, (2) the need to develop entrepreneurship by providing better access to capital from banks and financial institutions, non-bank financial institutions (NGO like ours). Besides, it provides training opportunities, build business partnerships and help marketing results.
However, as an organisation, our reviews clearly showed that various problems in the system hinder the effective implementation of entrepreneurship training, some of which are lack of adequate resources, lack of financial support, poor management, and corruption. And so understand that better entrepreneurship training could make a significant contribution to business creation, in other words a possible solution to youth unemployment and ultimately to poverty alleviation.
There will be a potential for growth of small businesses in many areas of their economy. Training of survivalist entrepreneurs and other struggles persons with potential could open their eyes to the opportunities around them, which they could take advantage of to improve their economic situation and that of other struggle persons in the area through job creation.
However, these various problems that constrain small business development and survival, which also increasingly causes unemployment, reduce food security forces, has helped this organization to put in place a Strategic Policies and Training Programs that will actively stimulate innovation for poverty alleviation in our chosen geographical location (Nigeria).
Reviewed Case studies on Agricultural progress and poverty alleviation (OECD 2018)
- Ethiopia – With 85% of the population living in the rural areas and depending on agriculture for livelihood, there is no doubt for the economic importance of the agricultural sector for sustainable development and poverty reduction in Ethiopia. A better-performing agricultural sector has provided growth to the overall economy, improved food security and reduced poverty in recent years.
- Ghana – After more than 20 years’ steady economic growth and significant poverty reduction, Ghana is aiming to become a middle income country. Agriculture will continue to be a large and important sector in Ghana’s economy, according to the economic model featured in this analysis.
- Indonesia – Indonesia’s achievements in reducing poverty were substantial in the period leading up to the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, which slowed down the pace of poverty reduction. Agricultural growth performance in Indonesia has been weak, with a decline in real spending on agricultural research.
- Vietnam – Vietnam’s economic recovery since the late 1980s has lifted nearly half the population from below to above the international dollar-a-day poverty line. The country which could not produce enough rice to feed its own population in those years is now a major supplier to world markets. Agricultural policy reforms were a major factor in this recovery, this study finds.
Consequently, The FutureHopeempowerment UK is working hand-in-hand with Josiah Future Hope Empowerment Foundation in Nigeria on modern agriculture amongst its 3 cardinal pillars with the following objectives:-
- To provide food security for the Nigerian populace.
- To create adequate alternatives to employment.
- Reducing unemployment and giving the youths early direction into becoming entrepreneurs.
- To prevent crime and violence and promote safe environment.
- To ensure youths achieve their full potential while being free from crime and violence.
The FUTUREHOPEEMPOWERMENTUK’s Youths Empowerment In Modern Agricultural Program which has the primary objective of building young people’s interest in agricultural enterprises translating into Food Security. If you want to be a part of something great where you can see the fruits of your labour. Join us to release the power within the Nigerian youths for extraordinary result! For more info visit our website @ www.thefuturehopeempowerment.ngo
Reviewer – Thefuturehopeempowerment UK (March 2018).
Agriculture plays a very important role in the lives of people in Nigeria. Still, after the 1970s oil boom this important part of the Nigerian economy was regrettably ignored in a very bad way and despite being the main source of food and income for many farmers, not much investment was made into upgrading the skills of the farmers and learning/imparting new farming techniques.
Almost 80% (roundabout 82 million hectares) of the land in Nigeria is good for cultivation but unfortunately, only half of it is used and that too, quite inefficiently. Not just food, agriculture can be a big source of employment in a country where unemployment rate is very high, and which is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Farming can be done in two ways: cultivating land and raising crops, and breeding and raising livestock.
Also, agriculture is a specialized field. It takes generations to learn what works and what doesn’t. With modern techniques, equipment, soil improvement, better seed selection and scientific protection of crops and animals against pests and diseases, crop produce can be raised multiple times.
With so much agricultural land available and such a big population to produce and consume agricultural produce, Nigeria can easily become one of the world leaders in the agriculture sector.
A push towards farming, aside from providing a sustainable source of livelihood, also has the ability to turn around the economy of the country. Development of agriculture helps improve other sectors like health, transport, rural and urban development, manufacturing, cottage industry, food production industry, and most importantly, education.
Agriculture is the biggest employment generator in Nigeria even now, but since most of the agricultural activities happen at a subsistence level, the livelihood is not sufficient enough to raise quality of life.
How The FutureHope Empowerment UK follows a proactive approach in introducing new farming techniques in Nigeria
Although here at The FutureHope Empowerment UK we put lots of emphasis on health and preventive care and providing timely medication to the ailing, farming is another sector we strongly believe in.
All-around development can only be brought about with a secure livelihood, and with so much arable land available, farming is one of the easiest and the most dependable forms of generating employment and creating consistent income sources that, then, have a direct impact on people’s health and education.
We conduct training camps at various rural locations introducing modern farming techniques to young Nigerian farmers.
But training and information alone don’t help much unless the youth of the country are actually able to indulge in various farming activities to generate income.
This is why, under the “The FutureHope Empowerment UK Youth Empowerment In Modern Agriculture” project we are leaving no stones unturned to provide equipment and raw materials for various farming activities.
Some of the equipments and raw materials needed by young farmers in Nigeria include tilling equipment, water pumps, tractors, irrigation tools, shredding and harvesting machines, rubber sheets to protect harvest from rain and birds, good quality seeds, non-toxic fertilizers, fish tanks, pens, etc.
Education and awareness campaigns are also needed to encourage the Nigerian youths to adopt farming as viable income and livelihoods source.
At the moment, we urgently need to arrange equipment and raw materials for animal husbandry (poultry, fisheries, piggery, snail farming, grass cutting and shredding, etc.) and crop production (maize, rice, cassava, plantain oil, palm trees, etc.).
Through unrelenting canvassing, advocacy and sensitization we have been able to raise funds but these funds are not sufficient to make an impact at the grassroots level. This is why we urge you to make a donation on our website so that aspiring young farmers in Nigeria can create sustainable sources of livelihood for themselves in the fields of animal husbandry and crop production.
There is a 100% guarantee and transparency on how your donations are used.