What Your Gift Will Do
Your gift will support education for children in Nigeria
United for Kids Foundation (UKF) is a not for profit organization incorporated in the USA, Nigeria and the United Kingdom established exclusively for charitable and educational activities targeted principally at needy children in Nigeria. Our aim is to create a vehicle that enables fortunate individuals and organizations apply their resources towards alleviating the unfortunate conditions of less fortunate poor, sick and orphaned children, and providing them with the tools to overcome poverty, sickness and illiteracy. To achieve this aim, we receive contributions from donors, and use these to provide essential services for the benefit of children in state-owned hospitals, state and privately owned orphanages, public schools and other institutions in need.
We have reached more than 40,000 children since 2002. Our highly successful programs include an annual ‘Back to School’ project and free libraries in 10 public schools within Lagos Nigeria, which have ensured the 7,000 pupils in these schools not only get the golden opportunity to develop their abilities through reading but also through arts, film-shows, holiday camps and field trips. Our regular programs also include an annual back to school program covering more than 15,000 children from low income families, child sponsorship, reading and mentoring programs, which create opportunities for volunteers to interact closely with children economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds, and orphanage/hospital outreach programs.
"I truly feel privileged to have this opportunity to speak on behalf of thousands of children whose voices might have been drowned by all the noise in the world. I cannot possibly reach all the children in the world, but to know that somehow my actions and this great platform I have can make even one child’s path in life smoother makes me excited and highly honored."
Tope Ganiyah Fajingbesi is a social entrepreneur, author and coach. She created and hosts Impact Africa (www.impactafrica.co), a radio show that inspires listeners to participate actively in African development through entrepreneurship and job creation, particularly for Africa’s growing youth population. She also invests considerable time and energy into creating a better world for children from low-income families through United for Kids Foundation (www.unitedforkidsfoundation.org), an organization she co-founded in 2002 and which she continues to serve as its Executive Director/Coordinating Trustee (Pro-Bono). Her areas of interest and expertise include sustainable financial management and community investment and engagement. She merges her hobbies (traveling and writing) with a deep love for, and commitment to her faith and home country, Nigeria by visiting regularly, speaking to various audiences and blogging about personal finance at www.ourfinancialcoach.com.
Tope is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Nigerian Chartered Accountant (1999 ICAN prize winner). She joined the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in 2009 and now serves as an Assistant Director of Financial Services at AFT’s Washington DC headquarters. She invented “money color”, a revolutionary system that helps individuals understand and improve their relationship with money. The money color phenomenon has now evolved into a whole book titled – “What Color Is Your Money?” Tope has more than 15 years’ accounting and financial management experience working with Big Four public accounting firms (Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers), Fortune 500 corporations, and nonprofit organizations across the USA and Nigeria.
She obtained a Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where she was the best graduating student in the Faculty of Business Administration. She also obtained a Masters in Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Tope was a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar Session 530 – Value(s) for Money? Philanthropy as a Catalyst for Social and Financial Transformation. Tope was one of 30 African leaders invited to the U.S. White House briefing and dialogue session in preparation for the 2014 U.S.-Africa leaders summit in May 2014. She attended the University of Oxford’s Women Transforming Leadership in October 2014.