A non-governmental organisation, Thessy Foundation has given scholarships up to university level to some orphans in Abuja.
The scholarship awards were parts of events line up by group to mark the “Madam Thessy Nkadi Isemede” memorial in Abuja.
The foundation which also runs “Heroes of Humanity” to inspire enterprising Nigerians, especially the youths, graduated several of them under its Young Initiative for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development (YIELD) programme.
In a keynote address titled: “Inspiring to empower”, the guest speaker, Dr. Kemi Jorge-Oyewusi, said that “empowerment is about making people to stand on their own. It is the ability to stand without entirely relying on family members, the community or the government to attain greatness.”
Jorge-Oyewusi said that things had gone bad in Nigeria and would not change overnight, but it would certainly get better.
In her speech, the foundation’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mrs. Sandra Iroanyah, said that the group was borne on a promise to her late mother who was a philanthropist
She said: “It was part of my mother’s desire to set up an orphanage before her death and the family promised to do that. The family came up with a foundation to touch the lives of orphans.
“The foundation has been in existence since the demise of my mother and we have been visiting orphanages since then. But six years ago, we officially registered the organisation,” she said.
Iroanyah said that the foundation is faced with funding, stressing “that it has been the family alone running the group. When you start helping, a lot of people come up and you attend to one to three people and discovered that the needs are numerous, but the finance is limited. This makes some people tp give up.
“That is why at Thessy Foundation, we have what we call Heroes of Humanity, it is all about inspiring people who are doing the kind of things we do, to let them know that somebody sees you, recognises you. It’s being challenging and we need all the support we can get,” she said.