In an exclusive interview with Kehinde Adeleye, the founder of Adekunle Adegunle Global Foundation talks more on founding an NGO and the challenges that comes with it.
EaglesPath : How did Adekunle Adegunle Global Foundation (AAGF) started and what was the moment that motivated you to initiate it?
Barr Adekunle : Adekunle Adegunle Global Foundation started with about 5widows and was commissioned on the 20th of July 2018.
The Motivation behind establishing AAGF was as a result of the challenges faced by widows , the discrimination melted to Physically challenged people and also help raise the hope of the less privilege.
EaglesPath : What made you pick the form of a widow and less privilege NGO to make that change?
Barr Adekunle : As a legal practitioner and a lover of my community, I discovered that majority of people that comes to our office for legal assistance are widows in which they find it difficult to meet up with our charges. I later discovered that these set of people are disowned by their respective deceased husband’s family who have carted away belongings of their late husbands leaving them in isolation to cater for their children without assistance from family members.
These endeared me to incorporate an NGO with the sole aim of assisting the Widows and Less Privileged in the society.
EaglesPath: Nigeria is a country where most people do humanitarian work for Political reason, is there a Political undertone to running your NGO?
Barr. Adekunle : I agree with you that Nigeria is a society where most people do humanitarian work for political reasons, however, ours is different as we do not have any political undertone. That is the reason you cannot see us call for a meeting and see political party member, should we have a political undertone, we would have been calling for a meeting of our widows to ensure they are all under our watch.
EaglesPath : What were things that were easier or harder than you expected in the process of growing the NGO and taking action?
Barr Adekunle : I can categorically tell you that it is difficult to gather resources in empowering our widows and less privileged which has made so many people who has similar interest in incorporating an Ngo to draw back as they cannot afford to use their personal money to fund it.
EaglesPath : What have you realized about widows and the less privilege around you through this project?
Barr Adekunle : What I realised about widows and less privileged around us through our project is that we have been able to renew their hope that things will get better and that ones their is life, nothing is impossible. Our widows and less privileged can now feel among without discrimination with the hope that tomorrow will be better off.
EaglesPath: What are your past projects and how many beneficiaries do you have?
Barr. Adekunle : It’s our third year that we commissioned our NGO and we can tell that we have empowered over a thousand widows, we provide monthly feeding programmes for both widows and less privileges, we have provided several boreholes for communities in need of portable water (mounted in a conspicuous places), we on yearly basis organise a end of year party for our widows and Physically Challenged where everyone of them goes home with gift items including live chicken to celebrate the end of year with. To the glory of God, we presently have over 1500 people benefiting from our monthly free food for all.
EaglesPath : Would you say that the state and more organized stakeholders in the country support widows?
Barr Adekunle : In my view, I wouldn’t say the state and organised stakeholders in the country are not supporting widows, but I believe they can do better and also ensure that their support gets to those that truly deserves it and not to their political associates.
EaglesPath : Do you get regular donations to support your programmes
Barr. Adekunle: Until lately were some of my friends and social media follower has decided to support our project, we have been the one that has been using our personal money to fund our programs.
EaglesPath: What should we expect in few years time?
Barr. Adekunle : Our desire is to reach out to as many as possible, we intend to cut across the country, supporting our widows and giving hope back to the less privilege and physically Challenged people. we hope to have our foundation offices cut across the whole states of the federation.
EaglesPath : How can we reach out to Adekunle Adegunle Global Foundation?
Barr. Adekunle : Our office address is No. 2, prince tunde balogun street, off idimu ejigbo road, idimu bus stop, idimu, lagos.
You can also reach out to us on facebook and instagram @aagfngo
Our direct line is 08027547025