The Bimbo Odukoya Foundation is a not-for-profit organization in Nigeria that provides information, resources, support and training to women and youth, particularly young girls in disadvantaged communities across Nigeria. The legacy foundation was established in the memory of Pastor Bimbo Odukoya, a woman, girls’ right and family advocate; and has continued the work she started since 2007 through various projects designed to impact younger generations. The foundation envisions a world in which every woman and girl-child is not only safe but empowered to be an impactful member of the society. 

Initiatives embarked on by the foundation in the year include:

Hope House; a temporary shelter, safe house, and rehabilitation centre for women and girls, survivors of teenage unwanted pregnancies, domestic violence and sexual assault victims. The Hope House has run for over a decade until the temporary hold in 2019. The foundation has worked with 69 child abuse/sexual/domestic violence survivors and has counselled 66 youths, women and men.

Peer Education for Prefects (PEP); a civic education and youth leadership initiative using traditional historical leadership structures in secondary schools as a vehicle for developing leadership potentials, raising awareness and civic responsibility to equip aspiring young leaders to engage in decision and policy making at a young age. The foundation trained 615 secondary school prefects and youths in Lagos and Ogun State in 2019.

Girls’ Empowered Conference; an initiative that inspires, transforms and equips young girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in secondary schools in Nigeria. The foundation empowered 2,980 secondary school girls this year.

Sexual Harassment and Prevention program (SHARP); which is targeted at students, teachers, and parents, and is designed to raise awareness, foster prevention and counsel victims of sexual harassment through advocacy programs. The foundation sensitized 19,898 students, teachers and parents in Lagos, Ogun, and Rivers States this year. 

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The foundation, which is in partnership with several individuals and organisations, has trained 46 volunteers on Child Protection/Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct. The foundation can be reached on admin@pbofoundation.org or 08035800201, 08093933439, for monthly, quarterly or annual support as well as any enquiries or support for 2020.

You can also follow them on Facebook: Bimbo Odukoya Foundation; Instagram: @bimboodukoyafoundation and Twitter: @PBOF05