Kojo Educational Foundation was formed to memorialize Okolie “Kojo” Onwaeze. In his lifetime, Kojo was a champion of education. He believed that is only through education that one can rise above many of the tribulations in life and become a better person to themselves and the society at large. Although he had only a sixth grade formal education, his goal was to see all his five children attain college education. He did not have much financially, but he was able to achieve this goal, often at great personal sacrifice.
To advance his ideals, the foundation was formed to help further the educational goals of many needy children in Nigeria, most of whom do not have even the basic writing tools to obtain an education.
In 1999 Kojo Educational Foundation was formed as a non profit charitable corporation organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Registered as California Corporation number 2179436 the foundation has exempt status under section 23701d of the Revenue and Taxation Code
In 2001, Kojo Educational Foundation began the tradition of hosting an annual get together for underprivileged school age children and the donation of writing materials to school age children as part of its annual gift giving event. With a modest number of 150 children that received materials in 2001, in 2016, the event hosted over 2000 children, who were able to receive writing materials as well as some textbooks and reading materials for the 2016/2017 school year. With the aid of our donors, in 2016, we gave over 10000 Writing pens, 10000 Pencils, 15000 Notebooks, 7500 Erasers, 2500 Rulers, 2500 Math Sets, textbooks, novels as well as footwear and clothes to the children in attendance. Some of the children that attended our early events have been able to finish their secondary school education and have obtained admission into tertiary institutions.
Our Foundation continues to expand and hope to provide more aid to these children. We continue to advance the mission to contribute in our small way to the education and upbringing of the children that are future of our communities. We are in the process of concluding the criteria and establishing a framework for award of individual monetary scholarships to a some very needy and worthy children, and constructing public places of study such as libraries and youth recreation centers.
We are asking for your help to keep this drive and mission alive and as President of the Foundation, I invite you to join this noble endeavor.
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