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- MSDF 8TH SCHOLARSHIP AWARD CEREMONY
In an exciting award ceremony held on the 15th of March, 2018 at the Morgan Smart Development Foundation Women and Youth Empowerment Resource Centre Warri, the foundation held her 8thannual scholarship award ceremony under its education assistance scheme. 20 indigent but intelligent children selected from secondary schools in Delta state were awarded scholarship, the awardees include 13 girls and 7 boys. Inthe opening remarks made by Mrs Evelyn .U. Ideh, the educational program’s consultant, she explained the selection process of picking the awardees; to involve; the written exams and oral interview, followed by home visitations to verify the location of where the children live and the general outlook of the house, the financial status of parents and their attitudes are scrutinized. All these steps form the criteria for choosing an awardee. She also revealed that the foundation added more girls to the program because of the presidents’ passion for girls child education With the granting of awards to 20 new beneficiaries, the foundation has over the past 8 years successfully supported about 138 students through its educational assistance scheme, while expressing her joy and sense of fulfilment at this achievement, Dr. Omawumi Evelyn AtsiangbeUrhobo, President /CEO MSDF, declared that the foundation has increased its target to 500 students, encouraging friends and well-wishers to donate and support the foundation in this scheme; explaining that it costs N25,000 to sponsor a child every year.She went on congratulated the new awardees and advised them to never stop learning and take their studies seriously as education will give them the opportunity to be whatever they want to be in life. The chairman of the occasion Mrs. FejiroUgute( MD, Coastline Micro Finance Bank, Warri), lauded MSDF for her noble efforts at giving hope and opportunity to the children over the years; she added that the UN made a declaration that has a right to quality education. She charged the stakeholders, partners, friends of the Foundation present to contribute to the Scholarship scheme; she pledged to personally sponsor five children through the scholarship. The Delta State Commissioner of education, Hon. ChineduEbie, Represented by Mr D.A. Onokpa (Permanent secretary Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education Asaba, Delta state) in his speech noted that,“education is the key to life”, he declared that he was particularly impressed by the selection process and thanked the Presided of the Foundation for being broad-minded and not allowing ethnicity to becloud her sense of judgement, he congratulated the new awardees and encouraged them to take their studies seriously and be focused High points of the occasion included the presentation of the award letters and the customary scholarship kit (new set of school uniforms, school bags, school shoes, notebooks, textbooks) to the newly awarded beneficiaries
- INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION 2018
March 8 marks the International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.The Morgan Smart Development Foundation once again joined women all over World, particularly in Nigeria to commemorate the 2018 International Women’s Day with the UN theme “Press for Progress” in Warri, Delta State on 8th&9thMarch, 2018. This year’s theme, “Press for Progress” marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity; and provides an opportunity to celebrate remarkable women who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential. The foundation’s 2018 celebrations kicked off on the 8th of March with an “Exhibition Fare” organized in collaboration with the“Delta Association Of Chambers Of Commerce”to showcase the goods and services of women entrepreneurs, while exposing them to potential markets and offering opportunities to network, and a lecture on “Combatting Domestic And Gender Based Violence” By Bridget AffiahOf Ideal Women Advancement Initiative; the day’s events also include “Free Medical Screening for High Blood Pressure and Hypertension, Diabetics, Health Counselling conducted by Capitol Hill Clinic\Hospitals, Warri”; “Free Eye Examination conducted by Salvation Eye Services”, Warri and a Bazaar Sales of clothes at giveaway prices On the 9thof March, the celebrations continued with thought-provoking presentations and interactive sessions led by inspirational women, leaders in their field, women changing the world, the discussions centered around contemporary issues affecting women, such as the “Press For Progress” theme, and a documentary presentation on “The Plight Of Women In The Niger Delta”. Each year, the Foundation invites exceptional women to inspire and share their own personal message with other women about their career path and how they have been able to succeed in their fields despite the challenges faced just by being a woman, notable women at this year’s event, include Prof. Mary Olire Edema, Provost College of Education, Warri,(represented by Mrs. Hope Salami, Director of Linkages and Gender Studies, COE, Warri) as Keynote Address speaker, HRM Obi Martha Dunkwu, OmuOkpanam and OmuAnioma, as Chairman of the occasion, Olori Mary Emiko , the Wife of the Olu of Warri as the “Royal Mother”of the day, Representative of the Delta State Commissioner for women’s affair, Mrs. Patricia Gbemudu, Delta State President of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs. Patricia Idiakoha, Delta Association Of Chambers Of Commerce, Mrs. FejiroUgute, MD Coastline Micro Finance Bank, amongst other notable personalities In her opening remarks, President\CEO of Morgan Smart Development Foundation, Dr. Omawumi Evelyn AtsiangbeUrhobo, reminded the women that the IWD is a day set aside by the UN to appraise how far women have gone in the bid for equity and charged the women to continue to press for progress, regardless of the social, cultural and religious limitations; the call for gender parity should continue to be pursued vigorously. The representative of the Commissioner for women affairs applauded the foundation for their commitment to women empowerment and went on to promise future partnership and collaboration with the ministry for subsequent IWDcelebrations. In her keynote address, Prof. Edema highlighted some challenges facing the Nigerian women, as discovered by research to include; discrimination, cultural limitations, literacy level, exploitation, politics, crises, and loss of family values and went on to recommend solutions to these problems. The chairman of the occasion, Obi Martha Dunkwu (OmuOkpanam and OmuAnioma), in her address, advised women who have made it to the top to make themselves available as mentors to other women, sharing experience and information, as information is power, she also re-echoed previous speakers by appealing to women to support women in politics, so that they can feel a sense of belonging. The occasion was also used to empower about 20 Women, who are going to be sponsored for 3 months mentorship/Apprenticeship training on specific trades/skills. About 200 women participated in the two days event holding at the Morgan Smart Women and Youths Empowerment Resource Centre at 23, Oki Street, off Okere Road, Okere Warri.
- WATER HYACINTH SENSITIZATION / TRAINING WORKSHOP ORGANISED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNDP
A one-day sensitization workshop was hosted by Morgan Smart Development Foundation (MSDF) in Collaboration with the Niger Delta Biodiversity Programme (NDBP) a UNDP Funded Programme. This was the first Phase of the entire Programme as it was followed by two (2) weeks training on the Sustainable Utilization of Water hyacinth for 20 selected youths from various communities which include Okere, Ugbuwangue, Ogunu, Ubeji, Ogidigben, Esaba, and Ikperen all in Delta State The aim of the sensitization workshop was to introduce the trainees to Sustainable ways of utilizing and management of Water Hyacinth. The training workshop that lasted for 10days was held for 20 selected youths and was facilitated by a CNN Award winner Ms Idachaba Achenyo of MITIMEIT. At the end of the training, the youths were able to produce various household items like ropes, table mats, flower pots, keyholders, hats, footwear all made from water hyacinth. The participants were issued with certificates that certified them to be trainers in the usage of Water Hyacinth.
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- Scholarship Program | Morgan Smart
MSDF SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Selection criteria Selection Process Summer Camp Our Past Students Our Selection Process MSDF Summer Camp Meet Our Students Morgan Smart Development Foundation Scholarship was endowed by Dr. Omawumi Urhobo, the President/CEO of the Foundation, to give very brilliant students from financially challenged background, the opportunity to have access to quality education. The first set of 15 (fifteen) students were given scholarship by the Foundation in 2010 to cover the 2010/2011 school year and in the last 9 years, the number of Students being sponsored by the Foundation have grown to over 170 Students by 2018/2019 academic session Our Selection Process The Morgan Smart Development Foundation awards scholarship to indigent and intelligent students’ in public schools in Delta State. Eligibility prospective scholars must be indigenes of Delta state Target scholar must be intelligent and from a poor back ground. Must be in Jss1 or SS1 in a public Secondary school in Delta State 2. Nomination The foundation sends letters to principals requesting names of indigent and disadvantaged students in their schools Community heads also recieve letters requesting their nominations for canditates eligible for the MSDF scholarship awards as part of the Foundation’s Community Social Responsibility (CSR) in their area operation 3. Selection Prospective scholars undergo testing and verification Selection prioritises children who are from very poor economic and deficient backgrounds or who have lost either both parents See Pictures >> See Pictures >> MSDF Summer Camp The Foundation introduced its Summer Camp programme in 2012 for the students under her scholarship programme. The goal was to provide the opportunity for our sponsored students to come together outside their school environment, to learn social skills, meet and network and share experiences During the five (5) day program, industry experts and professionals provide the students with career guidance where the students learn about different professions, basic financial literacy and time management. They also get health talks on sex education, drug abuse and learn basic first aid skills. At least a 100 secondary school students participate in the annual summer camp program SPONSOR A CHILD TODAY Meet Our Students See More >> Etsede O. Oritseneye from 2nd set 2012 currently studying medicine and surgery at Niger Delta University. The scholarship came out of a very critical time and it changed my whole academic performance. Thank you very much you made it possible for me to pursue my life goals 7th set(2017) currently in senior secondary school 2. The scholarship has been of help to me and my mom since we lost our dad. It has aided my mom in my area as she no longer cater for my education. Kudos to all the sponsors A beneficiary since 2017, I have benefited a lot from MSDF, I became very local attending lots of seminars program, I went to places I never thought I would go. All Hail MSDF!! Ochuko Aret Orhua Eichie Daniella
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What We do Economic Empowerment Promoting business enterprises and income generating opportunities for poor and deprived women and youths in Nigeria. Human Capital Development through Educational sponsorship and scholarship Implementation of projects using Local technologies for poverty alleviation Provides capacity/skill acquisition training for women and youths Leadership training programs for women and youths for effective participation in decision making processes in their communities Institutional Building Capacity Building and leadrship training Program Communication and Advocacy Program Effective advocacy Sensitization of government at all level to issues of empowerment of urban poor women and youths in Nigeria Gender mainstreaming, HIV Aids, Malaria, Widowhood and the Challenge of the Girl Child Provision of micro projects that supports Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in very poor and neglected communities. Water, sanitation, schools and health centres. Micro Projects Implementation Let's Make A Change Here are some ways you can help Volunteer Morgan Smart Development Foundation Donate Make a tax deductible donation. Click to Give Over the Phone It's easy to donate offline too. Tel: 123-456-7890