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Azariah Newsletter May 2015
May 4, 2015
Azariah Newsletter January 2015
January 6, 2015
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are as excited as I am about 2015. In this newsletter, we recap a few milestones from 2014, and share our plans for 2015.
First, I’d like to share a major change to Azariah’s leadership. After several years of
leading the team, I have handed over my role as president of Azariah Foundation to Sore Taylor. This was no easy decision. However, I realized that after playing an important
role in starting this organization and building a strong foundation, it is time to pass on the reins to other very capable hands. This is an important period for Azariah, as we set a new strategic direction that will hopefully expand the impact we are making in the lives of young people in Nigeria and other African countries. Not only has Sore been one of the most dedicated and consistent members of the Azariah team, she is extremely qualified and well able to take Azariah to the next level. With a PhD in industrial and organizational psychology, Sore currently helps to develop and implement strategies in higher institutions in North America. Her wealth of knowledge and expertise will be extremely beneficial to Azariah. Please welcome her to the new role!
Our message has not changed – we remain committed to ensuring that every Nigerian child, regardless of his or her socio-economic status, has access to a high quality education, and other avenues of support to help them become productive citizens.
I’d like to thank each and every one of you for supporting this cause. Your response to our last newsletter—in cash, kind and words of encouragement—has been the wind to the Azariah team’s sails. Thank you for heeding our plea and supporting youth education and development in Nigeria.
Founder, Azariah Foundation
2014 – Year in Review
Highlights of 2014 are as follows:
First Azariah Scholar Graduates Secondary School
Busayo Adeleye, the first recipient of the Azariah scholarship graduated from secondary school in July 2014. Busayo benefited from a six-year scholarship that allowed him attend Brilliant Child Secondary School, Akoka Yaba. When he joined the Azariah scholarship program at the young age of 11, he was really a diamond in the rough. He was quite timid, but showed potential during the scholarship interview process. Although he had attended a poor quality primary school, he still managed to deliver good results at the end of primary school.
Through the exposure he gained at school, and the phenomenal counsel and support from his mentor – Gbenga Martins – he has grown into a well-rounded scholar. Not only did he pass his final senior secondary school certificate examinations, he also got involved in extracurricular activities, notably serving in his school’s choir.
Without your financial support, Busayo would, at best, have attended a poor quality secondary school. We would also like to recognize the time, efforts and resources Gbenga invested in mentoring Busayo! With the solid foundation he has received, we are excited for what the future holds for Busayo
Raising Awareness about Education and Youth Development
Azariah’s formidable marketing team (Sore Taylor and Yewande Fadojutimi) executed a series of social media campaigns along three themes. The goal was to raise awareness of individuals and organizations that share our passion for impacting lives, whether by providing more educational opportunities, or through other means.
First was the Creative Minds Campaign. The goal of this initiative was to show how young Nigerians are exploring their creativity in different areas. Young Nigerians excelling in fine arts, fashion, media, performing arts, among other fields, shared their experiences with us. Throughout Sore and Yewande’s interviews, we heard one consistent theme – that the benefit of a quality education was an important building block in their lives and careers thus far. We got over 2,400 views during the month long campaign.
In September, we delivered the Get Inspired Campaign. We featured non-profits focused on education, youth employment, healthcare, and other important issues in our world. Whether through training young people for careers in the hospitality sector, or helping them start businesses; the men and women who run these organizations are everyday people making significant changes in their communities.
We wrapped up with the Do Something Campaign where we shared ideas on how to give back.
What does 2015 hold for Azariah?
Our major planned activities for 2015 are to:
Host three fundraising activities, including a benefit concert. Details to follow soon!
Secure at least 20 monthly donors and raise US$10,000.
Establish an e-mentoring program for Azariah scholars and other qualified students
Continue raising awareness through our social media campaigns and blog posts.
We would love to hear from you! Drop us a line to share your ideas on how we can make a bigger impact.