Who We Are
Friends-In-Need Foundation is made up of a group of people who have a common interest in giving back to society through services particularly targeted at the rural people. Having each originated from the rural areas, the members of the Board of Trustees have first-hand knowledge of the problems and limitations of the rural people. We are therefore out to make a difference in their lives.
We are primarily out to address some of the more critical problems of rural people through enlightenment and provision of some of the primary needs of the people that enhance quality of life, such as basic health education, good drinking water, safety awareness and environmental protection. As a part of our contribution to society, we will be a positive influence to the youth and help to steer them to usefulness, giving no room to wastage or their being a nuisance in the community.
We take our activities in tranches, addressing particular issues and needs as they arise, taking the people’s priorities into account. These priorities vary from place to place. One social issue is the Outcast System in Igbo land in Nigeria and other places in the world. This is a practice instituted in ignorance by our forefathers and is being perpetuated in ignorance in present day too. Our role here is to fight this ignorance by educating the society to understand what it is and what it is not and to encourage them to discontinue its practice through our Outcast System Elimination Project. As a result, we are looking forward to all people co-existing in equality and with mutual respect.
One other social issue that needs attention in the Nigerian society today is the lingering youth joblessness. This Foundation plans to provide the youth with the necessary guidance to self-employment as an interim or permanent measure for individuals to address the problem.
The acute shortage of well-equipped medical facilities across Nigeria makes healthcare delivery an uphill task. As such, many avoidable deaths have occurred among the people. Friends-In-Need Foundation plans to organize social and preventive healthcare campaigns to educate the rural people in particular on the basic Do’s and Don’ts of health management. The teaching of basic personal hygiene practices as well as handling of foods and drugs is a high priority based on what we know. We shall co-opt Chemists and Laboratory Scientists and attendants in this exercise as, inevitably, most of our rural population go to them first when they become ill. Everybody now knows the random diagnoses of Typhoid and Malaria emanating from Laboratories and the attendant prescriptions for them often excluding medical doctors from exercising their professional rights over patients. Sickle Cell Anaemia and HIV/AIDS will continue to get their deserved attention. Potable water supply is a major concern. Long term plans will be rolled out to provide same through water well drilling, depending on the available resources. As an interim measure, lectures will be given on means of making locally available water fit for drinking through boiling and filtering.