By Nnamdi Ojiego
Following its contributions to the nation’s human capital development and efforts to tackle social vices, United Way Nigeria, a non-profit organization has got the US Consulate’s endorsement at its re-launch held recently in Lagos .
United Way Nigeria is the Nigerian chapter of United Way Worldwide, an organization with presence in over 45 countries and 1800 communities across the globe. The movement ranks number one on Forbes list of the largest charities in the US, having raised over $5 billion in donations in 2010.
Speaking at the event, the US Consul General in Nigeria, Jeffrey Hawkins said; “I think United Way is well positioned to do a lot of good in this country. Its plans for Nigeria are very significant to the US; so I want to urge, encourage and thank United Way Nigeria”.
Also speaking, the Chairperson, United Way Nigeria, Ms Joke Coker explained that the re-launch was aimed at engaging various stakeholders to successfully collaborate to improve lives in Nigeria, a move which would involve Diaspora Nigerians and other partners in the group’s intervention initiatives.
“Our mission in Nigeria is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of Nigerian communities worldwide for the common good in Nigeria.”
Coker said the organisation would be having a vocational training centre, child/early learning initiatives in future while focusing on reproductive healthcare in line with its objective of general well-being through education, income generation and improved healthcare services.
Meanwhile, the Vice President, Africa, United Way Worldwide, Janet Butler, has said the movement was relatively new in Nigeria, but assured that as the largest known not-for-profit globally, it would continue to break new ground.