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Jeffery Ikeaka Foundation; the initiative transforming lives of children and youth in Nigeria

“I feel that if you’re in a position to make a difference no matter how small, it’s a blessing. This is what drives me.” – Jeffery Ikeaka

Jeffery shares a little bit about himself, what inspired his foundation, his main goal in the long run, upcoming campaigns and more. Read his interview below and don’t forget to share.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a charismatic, poised, diplomatic and an easygoing guy. My hobbies include working on development projects, watching and playing soccer, basketball and tennis. I also love travelling, exploring different cultures, networking and hanging out with friends.

How did the Jeffery Ikeaka Foundation come about?
I was inspired when I was the President of the Nigerian Student Association at Carleton University in Ottawa back in 2013. I did a fundraiser for typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons on record that hit the Philippines in November 2013. The fundraiser was a three-day campaign where I spoke with fellow students and professor and I managed to raise a $1000. After the success of the fundraiser, I found my calling and I believed I had the potential to make a difference for vulnerable people. I wanted to do more to help people in any little I can. I believed the fundraiser was God’s way of letting me know I had the potential to make a difference by starting my foundation.

What’s the aim behind the foundation?
Our main focus at the Jeffery Ikeaka Foundation is empowering children, youths and displaced persons in Nigeria and homeless people in Toronto. It’s really sad but one of the main things that drive my passion is the high poverty rate in developing countries. Things are getting worse every day. Knowing that children in rural communities don’t have access to basic infrastructure in school or tools to empower themselves, or hearing that about 68 million people were displaced in 2017 inspires me to keep doing what I’m doing. I feel that if you’re in a position to make a difference no matter how small, it’s a blessing. This is what drives me.

Any ongoing projects?
We are currently building a community centre in Dikenafai, a rural community in Imo State located in the South Eastern region of Nigeria. I’m so optimistic about this project because I believe we will transform the community. We will be offering after-school programs for children, Entrepreneurship programs, Adult Literacy classes, Health Screening and Recreational programs. A Community centre can transform a community because everyone in the community can benefit from it. I can’t wait for this project to be done. We have the opportunity to change lives for good.

How can one support this initiative?
You can donate on our website www.jefferyikeakafoundation.org and we also have a Go Fund me campaign coming up for the community centre project.​

Tell us about your fundraising brunch. When and where is it and what do you aspire to achieve?
The fundraising brunch is a way of raising awareness about our organization, our story, mission, current projects and most importantly I will be talking about our community centre project. The brunch is on Sunday, July 8th from 12.30pm – 4pm at Brassai, one of Toronto’s finest diners. I aspire to have more support and to rally people to help us raise more awareness about the amazing things we are doing and yet to do.

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