Covenant Graduate’s Foundation Reaches Out to Less Privileged
A a deep seated desire to help the less privileged children and adults educationally, emotionally, financially and mentally has continued to inflame the passion of Miss Prayer Nwagboso for community service.
Miss Nwagboso, a 2018 graduate of Mass Communication from Covenant University who is currently on national service in Plateau State, is the Chairperson of a Non-Governmental Organisation, Naza Agape Foundation (NAF).
NAF’s three-pronged goal, according to her, was to impact children's lives by equipping them with relevant skills, resources and knowledge to become self-sufficient in the future; to raise young leaders that would eradicate poverty in Nigeria and in Africa, through education and entrepreneurial skill development; and to execute necessary projects that were aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals across various parts of Nigeria.
Having identified a myriad of challenges plaguing the society such as inaccessibility to quality education/illiteracy, poor health/hygiene, poverty, Lack of good water supply, poor reading culture, hunger and lack, and Lack of skills/entrepreneurship empowerment amongst others, the NAF collaborated with Humanity Accross Borders (an international NGO), to bring practical solutions to most of the problems identified.
The solutions to the identified problems, said Miss Nwagboso, were the PUSH campaign (a bigger version of bring back to school campaign), book donation campaign, the Spark (a reading club/entrepreneurship development), career talk and Leadership empowerment, clean water project in rural villages, Project feed 500, clothe drive campaign and the Give Back campaign.
Through Miss Nwagboso’s foundation, over 50 less privileged children have been sent back to school with their complete school fees, books, writing materials, uniforms and stipends. “The current economic uncertainties have succeeded in truncating the progress and wellbeing of the youths, with increasing rate of unemployment and non-productivity among youths. However, Naza Agape foundation is aimed at ensuring that no child is without skills, quality education, we believe that if we train a child properly by empowering them with leadership and entrepreneurship skills, we are training the next future leaders that would transform the world,” Nwagboso stated.
The NAF Chairperson occupied three leadership positions all through her stay in Covenant. As the Welfare Secretary, she initiated a fund raising campaign tagged I-RESPOND. She said that the campaign was birthed out of a deep desire and passion in not only seeing that the school fees of Covenant University students are provided for, but that they also return to school. They helped over 30 students complete their fees and gave them stipends monthly.
From the platform of Covenant University Disease and Prevention Unit, she volunteered in organising health campaign e.g. Breast cancer awareness, Prostrate cancer awareness, World Health day, etc. As Vice-Chairman, Female, she organised a conference tagged: Proverbs 31 Woman Conference, geared at raising women of virtue and invited personalities like TY Bello, Kemi Onabanjo, Laju Iren and Joys Oyedepo. The conference led to the discovery of purpose and career paths for many ladies.
Out of her passionate desire to impact the world at large, Miss Nwagboso joined the Book Drive Campaign as the team leader for Jos. The Book Drive, which was the major project of the Community Development team of Covenant University Students’ Convocation Planning Committee for the graduating class of 2018, was an initiative aimed at amassing 1 million books across Nigeria to impact these schools in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality education- Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Miss Nwagboso and her team donated 1, 370 books during their outreach to 7 schools and 1 Internally Displaced People’s camp. “It was targeted mainly at providing schools in and around Plateau State with the 1 million books to be amassed during the course of the Book Drive,” she explained.
Prayer Nwagboso presently occupies the position of the Vice President in her National Youth Service Corps Community Development Group, Peer Education Trainer, in Plateau State. This community development group is an action group against the spread of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. Through her leadership regime, her community development group has visited various secondary schools in Plateau State on health related issues. On the June 11, 2019, her community development group organised an awareness programme on HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Hepatitis B at the Geoscience IDP camp. Free tests and counselling were done for the IDP victims and the community at large.
Last year November, Prayer Nwagboso was recognised by Global Goodwill Ambassadors for her humanitarian activities.