Monday, October 27, 2008

The New Frontiers Foundation (Nigeria).

THE NEW FRONTIERS FOUNDATION (NIGERIA):


OUR SLOGAN:

TOUCHING LIVES, BUILDING FUTURES.


WHO WE ARE:

The New Frontiers Foundation is a humanitarian, non-profit, and voluntary service organisation that promotes the advancement of economically and socially disadvantaged individuals and communities. We engage in humanitarian efforts to salvage and revamp the deplorable living state of the people in Igala land, Kogi State, Nigeria, and beyond. Moreover, the New frontiers Foundation is a project that would be committed to building long-term benefits for the people for which it is meant.


New Frontiers Foundation, through its "Operation Mitigation Programme" (OMP), with volunteers from across the country, shall work with communities to provide affordable housing and improvements in education, healthcare, and welfare services.(The NFF's OMP is a programme you will know much about later when it comes to the fore). With the support of government and charitable donations, both from the private sector and individuals, we intend to operate within the Nigerian borders and beyond.


The New Frontiers Foundation (Nigeria) was established in 2008 as a way to encourage and preserve the human spirit in the disadvantaged children and youths in Igala land, Kogi State, Nigeria and beyond. The central thrust behind the NFF (Nigeria) is the recognition that while we and many others have been extremely fortunate, there are ample more or less, unfortunate children and youths who could lead productive, prosperous lives if given the proper tools. Consequently, the NFF shall be committed to providing all apparatuses, tools, and paraphernalia that is required to enable children and youths in this category to succeed.



OUR VISION:

To leverage, base on the strength we have, to put smiles on people's faces by developing them, broadening their socio-economic cum political horizon, helping them to succeed, and live their dreams.


OUR MISSION:



  • To help people develop purpose-driven lives, and challenge the youths to live out God's purpose in their lives.


  • To bring relief to all ethnic groups in Kogi State, Nigeria, and beyond, especially focusing on Widows, Orphans, and abandoned children and families in remote areas of the state and the country at large.


  • To improve the lives of underprivileged children in Nigeria and beyond by promoting their educational and social development.


  • Moving people towards a new vision and enabling them with the skills and resources for a brighter future.

For us, every individual counts, whether in an area of great media coverage or not, we believe that ethnic communities around the country and beyond will benefit from being a part of the New Frontiers Foundation. Our focus on the community helps us to have a wider reaching impact in the lives of children, youths and families made vulnerable through circumstances beyond their control.


OUR CORE VALUES ARE:

  • We believe that poverty and illiteracy can be tackled through community development.
  • We believe in the right of poor men and women to a secure livelihood.
  • We believe that education and economic self-reliance can be a powerful force for poverty eradication.
  • We listen to and learn from the people we work with.
  • We value innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • We have confidence in our ability to make a significant difference.



WHAT WE DO:

The New Frontiers Foundation Shall have several projects planned, and in the process, we shall also work along side National Organizations to mitigate or rather ameliorate the deplorable indigent situation in rural areas. Through experience, planning and careful research, we shall identify areas where change can be made through a little sacrifice and great vision. We shall visit these areas and assess the local needs and we shall work with the people and other volunteers to build a more sustainable life and future, by providing necessary skills training, education and the required facilities.


In the case of the children, we shall spend quality time with them, playing with them, reading to them and interacting to learn better how and what their individual needs are, so we can customize a response that will meet their needs and help to build a strong foundation for the future of each child. Through different activities, we may share with them such things as balloons, ice cream or something fun to show them we care.


We shall serve only through being who we are and that is often all it takes to make an impact so great.


Clinics: Providing medical care, thus benefiting the whole community. In most cases, when living on the outskirts, the distance and lack of transportation to major cities to receive the medical help makes it difficult to get the proper care. Here is where the NFF endeavours to continue to expand in order to provide those in need with accessible care.

In working and communicating with those in need or leaders of communities, and partnering with like minded organizations, New Frontiers Foundation desires to customize programs and provide the resources to help whole communities and individuals to grow and become more self-sustaining.



HOW WE DO IT:


The care that we shall give would be directed in several different ways. Our efforts shall include raising funds through donations and gifts, which would then be carefully distributed where the needs are most urgent.We shall also have a program called "Helping Hands," where kind-hearted volunteers, like you, can visit a project and donate their time and talents in several ways for example, by teaching the local children, helping with a building project, e.t.c. The "Helping Hands" Project enables you take part in restoring lives to those children who have been separated from their families due to circumstances beyond their control such as, poverty, disease or in some cases, crisis. We shall consistently be growing, and we would like you to grow with us.



OUR PHILOSOPHY: Compassion in Action.


New Frontiers Foundation will start as a small group with a big idea, and the idea would be: "To be fully human, we must translate our compassion and concern into useful service".

That simple statement conveys something about the nature of compassion that is expressed in most spiritual traditions around the world — that compassion is not just about helping those less fortunate than ourselves, it's about the realization that we are all connected as one human family. That sense of compassionate service would motivate all of the NFF's work, as we shall build programs that will support people in Igala land, Kogi State, Nigeria and the world in their efforts to build healthy communities. NFF's prospective programs, which shall be spanning many cultures in Kogi State, Nigeria, and beyond, share certain fundamental principles:




(a) Serving the Underserved:

Our programs shall serve people who have been economically, politically, or otherwise marginalized. We shall change our program approach to relate to their culture and circumstances, reaching out in very different ways. Our aim is to build a bridge of compassion between our donors and the people we serve — people in Nigeria and around the world who have the fewest resources.

(b) Building Healthy Communities:

The New Frontiers Foundation shall embrace an expanded concept of health, recognizing that spiritual and cultural renewal, economic self-sufficiency, and basic civil and human rights are as important to well-being as medical care.

(c) Promoting Sustainability:

The New Frontiers Foundation's programs shall foster self-reliance and aim to reduce dependence on outside assistance. In the communities where we shall work, we shall share skills and technology appropriate for local conditions, assist local decision-making, and help launch projects that will become financially self-sufficient. This transfer of knowledge enables communities to care for their own, now and into the future.

(d) Working Through Partnerships:

We shall form long-term partnerships with those we serve. By developing close relationships with local organizations and community leaders, we build trust, mutual respect and cultural understanding. We honor the ability of communities to define their own solutions to the challenges they face.


"Helping out is not some special skill. It is not the domain of rare individuals. It is not confined to a single part of our lives. We simply heed the call of that natural impulse within and follow it where it leads us."- Ram Dass.

The New Frontiers Foundation shall begin its operations from Igala land (which is our priority), and shall subsequently, spread its operations to other parts of the country. We shall go international as we continue to wax stronger.






ORGANISATIONAL STRATEGY:




However, before the above project comes to the fore, or metamorphorse into a full-fledged philanthropic organisation, a brainstorming session is to be embarked upon by an all-encompassing think tank of juvenile intelligentsia from across the diverse communities that make up Ofu Local Government. Subsequently, it is expected to develop and spread beyond its parochial coverage to national, and then the international level. Activities of this project shall be purely philanthropic and non-profitable. The projects that the NFF shall embark upon cluster into five overarching categories:

(1) Poverty Eradication

(2) Healthcare

(3) Education cum Intellectual Development

(4) Welfare

(5) Widows cum Orphans empowerment.


Another germane cum pivotal factor to be given consideration to is the mode of admitting prospective members into the project. The NFF Nigeria is a dignified, sensitive, and hallowed project and so, membership must not be open to all Tom, Dick, and Harry. In other words, prospective members would be selected and /or admitted into the Foundation strictly on merit. It is also imperative to ensure that prospective members are individuals who are versatile, highly endowed with multifarious talents, and having the capacity to brainstorm on pending issues.


Not only that, to ensure the workability, stability, and sustainability of the NFF project, intellectuals who have the capacity to engender developmental cum brainstorming ideas are needed, as that is the only recipe for enabling the foundation grapple with the multiple gigantic challenges ahead.

Prospective members must be articulate, and should be good communicators.


Finally, an overarching desideratum for membership is the demonstration of a good personal character by prospective members. Put differently, prospective members must possess positive moral credentials.

BELOW IS A THINK TANK OF INTELLIGENTSIA THAT WOULD COORDINATE AND DRIVE THE PROJECT:

(1) Yakubu Ojonugwa (B.Sc.), River State University of Science & Technology, Port Harcourt.

(2) Akpa Innocent (B.Sc.), Kogi State University, Anyigba.

(3) Atumeyi Ikani (B.Sc.), Kogi State University, Anyigba.

(4) Solomon Ocholi (LLB.), Kogi State University, Anyigba.

(5) Usman Ojonugwa Abutu Dekoomson (B.Sc.), Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto.

(6) Philip Ejile Fidelis (B.Sc.), University of Ibadan.

(7) Iliasu Ocheni (B.Sc.), Kogi State University, Anyigba.

(8) Enebi Ochimana (B.Sc.), Kogi State University, Anyigba.

(9) Simon Ogwu (B.Sc.), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Any member of The New Frontiers Foundation shall be called a "Frontier". The entire members put together shall be popularly known as "The Frontiers".

HELP US TO SUCCEED THROUGH DONATIONS


When you give to NFF Nigeria, your money and gifts provides for children and youths who have lost parents or those who have been abandoned and are now living with threatening circumstances.Your donation goes to the heart of the need in providing a wonderful home, meals, education, skill training, and most of all, a loving environment with staff who works with community needs on daily basis.

"We believe and trust in God to make this project a success. We shall live to achieve and fulfill this mission through Christ who strenthens us. We implore you to collaborate with us, to by the power of God, help the Igala sons and daughters cum the entire Nigerian children and youths, to live their dreams, crystalize their vision, and fulfil their destiny."



Joel Odaudu (Minister),

President and Founder,

New Frontiers Foundation, Nigeria.

Mobile: 08038347495, 08076308120.

E-mail: joelistik@gmail.com, or:

alliswell2004@yahoo.com.

Blog: http://www.joelistik.blogspot.com/ or:

http://www.odaudubigjoe.wordpress.com/.

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