Ooni Launches Assistance Initiative for Less Privileged
By Sodiq Lawal
To address poverty rate among women and children in Yoruba land, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has launched an initiative targeted at the less privileged called, “The Hopes Alive Initiative.”
It is an innovation of the House of Oduduwa Foundation under the auspices of His Imperial Majesty.
While addressing Ife City News, Oba Ogunwusi explained that the Hope Alive Initiative was a social advocacy intervention designed to alleviate the social, cultural and environmental issues, adding that it also aimed at reducing the impact of poverty among the most vulnerable while creating equal opportunities for all.
He said: “Hope Alive Initiative is trying as much as possible to give hope to the hopeless, succour to the oppressed and less privileged in the society. God created everybody equally but some are more privileged to have more than the others so there should be a mechanism and a platform or avenue to bridge the gap.”
According to him, though fingers are not equal but as human creature, people must work hand in hand to make a formidable fist.
Ooni who described the initiative as a very dear project to him called for collaboration and support.
He said: “I have always loved to live my life for humanity. This is not the first initiative, I have a lot of them. However, I thank God I met this young and vibrant lady who is in tune with what I am doing, she got connected to that dream and has passion for it. She is the one anchoring it, all I need do is to support the initiative and make sure that everything goes on well.”
According to him, while generating a positive return to society, Hopes Alive Initiative aims to reach a large number of people regardless of geographical limits to eradicate the perils of suffering in today’s reality.
His words: “The Initiative aims to raise a social capital for underprivileged individuals by instilling in them a sense of belonging, inspite of shortcoming with life goals for sustainable living. Through the initiative, the House of Oduduwa Foundation aims to collaborate, learn about the issues, and disseminate information while creating awareness through campaigns, group events and activities.The time is certainly ripe for the sustainable approach to social problems which have killed the society for years.” The monarch said.
Coordinator, New Breeze World Team, Mrs. Temitope Oluseyi Oshin, who is in charge of the Initiative said governments efforts in reducing poverty has not been felt substantially hence the need for such initiative from Ooni.
She explained that Ooni is adopting a mission to create and sustain social value for communities around the world through advocacy on behavioural and perception change.