The US-based philanthropist, David Imonitie, on Monday launched his foundation, called ‘I Believe Foundation’, a charity home committed to the education and empowerment of the indigent child and deserving families in the society.
Briefing newsmen at a press conference in Lagos, Imonitie said the aim of the foundation is to bring succour to the underprivileged in the society who are yearning for a better life.
He added that the foundation was borne out of a desire to provide educational opportunities for children amidst the disadvantages of coming from a low-income family, violence-prone locations, disabilities, or residing in underserved areas.
“The need for an intervention such as this is coming at a critical time in the nation’s history where deliberate steps need to be put in place to readjust a socio-cultural, political and economic system that seems to be teetering towards imminent colossal ruin,” he said, noting that the proverbial multiplicative power of a child is bound to augur well for the society.
“An empowered child will lead to an empowered nation,” he said.
As part of his plans to kick off the campaign, Imonitie and his team, including top players, Reverend Mo Merriman-Johnson and Morounranti Ashabi, the culture ambassador appointed by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Monday visited the Makoko area of Lagos to attend to the immediate needs of the people.
The first batch of 500 units of water purifier and solar light provision, LightWaterLife sustainable life kit donation, was given out in Makoko in the presence of the traditional head of the community and other leaders. A demonstration of the use of the kit was also made for those present.
Each kit contains devices that provide clean drinkable water and a solar panel that powers two energy-saving bulbs and a football for the kids.