Changemaking Resources

Aramide Oikelome
Posted March 27, 2017 from Nigeria
Bestspring Volunteers
The Orphanage Facility (1/3)

I must say that the resource inventory as discussed last week was an eye-opener. It made me know how blessed I am with so much assets at my disposal. These are assets we sometimes take for granted but the truth is that they are the things/people that make us tick; that make us the powerhouses that we really are. Some of the assets that make me proud and assured that I am indeed a change-agent in my generation include-

1. Familial Assets

My immediate and extended family support is priceless. My husband is a greatcheerleader. Although sometimes he does not agree with what I choose to do, his weight of support (whenever he does agree with it) gives immense credence and boost to my work and projects. My children’s involvement in my projects also brings so much joy and inspiration. My siblings equally inject financial and moral support to encourage me. In addition, I am blessed with true friends that believe in me and whatever I stand for. They are strong pillars of support and strength around my life and assignment.

2. Material Assets

For over 10 years, I had no formal operational office for our non-profit organization – Bestspring Foundation in all our services to vulnerable children and youth. I did most of my work from home and the media company (Independent Newspapers Limited) where I worked as a journalist for 13 years until 2015 when I left paid employment to focus on humanitarian services and freelance journalism practice. But between January 2015 and January 2017, God sent help my way. My family, with the support of friends, board of trustees and good hearted people, built an orphanage for orphans and vulnerable children. It is a mind blowing experience to see such an institution established and till date, I am still in awe. Indeed, this is beyond me and I remain eternally grateful to all those that sacrificed their resources tosee this dream come true. It is a great opportunity to nurture vulnerable children in an atmosphere of love and grace. It is also a platform to help teenage (indigent) mothers weather the storm of rejection and provide a safe space for their children while the young mothers have a second chance to pursue their dreams in areas of education or skill acquisition.

3. Social Assets

I enjoy a robust bond of network and collaboration with professional colleagues like The Media Project, Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), World Pulse, Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria; Old School Mates, Women Prayer Fellowship, NGO Coalition Groups, my Mentors and of course, our Board members and Volunteers at Bestspring Foundation, who have been veryselfless and supportive.

To express more succinctly the power of synergy when women unite on a given course, here is my little poem.

When Women Unite

When women work together

It makes thoughts to gather

When all our thoughts are together

It makes our strength to gather

Yes, we can do more together

If we refuse to see only the outside

Yes, we can achieve more when we gather

If we can forget hurts on the other side

When hurts come, let them go

When pride shows, ignore it

When weakness manifest, cover it

When fear exhibits, dispel it

A broomstick can’t do a thing but prick

A bunch can sweep a nation spick

A bunch of broomsticks with the right heart

Can bring back our nation to the right path.

How to Get Involved

www.bestspringfoundation .org

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Francisca Robles
Mar 28, 2017
Mar 28, 2017

What a beautiful poem! Makes me smile.

Congratulation for your work, you are a lucky person! It is really important to have the support of your family and friends. What a beautiful job you are doing at Bestspring Foundation, it is really nice to watch the video of the Orphanage Home Project.

A warning! You have to correct the link on your profile, it says bestpring.org, you are missing an "s"

Thanks for sharing what you are doing!

Aramide Oikelome
Mar 28, 2017
Mar 28, 2017

Hi franroblesc,

Thank you for your encouraging words! I'm glad to know that my poem made you smile

And thank you very much for pointing out that typograpical error. It has since been corrected.

Keep up the good work!

Cheers!

Aramide

Natasha L
Mar 31, 2017
Mar 31, 2017

Dear sister Aramide -

Your asset list is a sincere and inspiring account of your strengths and your supports.  No wonder you are a formidable change-maker and change-agent!  I am so happy to know that you have the support of your husband, children, friends, siblings and colleagues.  This kind of support means that you can continue to be who you are and grow with empowered passion.  The children in your group's orphanage are blessed to have your care, kindness, determination and dedicated leadership.  Your assets are indeed a blessing. Loving your stories and your words of wisdom.

Aramide Oikelome
Apr 03, 2017
Apr 03, 2017

Dear Natasha!

You are a great source of encouragement to me. Your words inspire strength. Thank you!

I do not take the supprt I get for granted, for without all these people, I wouldnt be where I am today. So, I believe taht whatever successes we have recorded so far is due to collective efforts and dedication.

Thanks for being a blessing to us and our work!

Sending Blessings!

Aramide

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 14, 2017
Apr 14, 2017

Dear Aramide,

I love your image of broomsticks, brooms show up in so many ways in legends of women, sweeping out what needs to go, travelling together through the skies riding our broomsticks. I love that you write about the power of synergy when women unite, and that through your work a whole orphanage now exists, with many young women who have been abused finding comfort and support under your wings. It is good to read that you have people around you. You have good support for good reason!

In sisterhood,

Tam

Aramide Oikelome
Apr 22, 2017
Apr 22, 2017

Dear Tam,

You were one of the very first to welcome me when I joined this trailblazing team called World Pulse! Im glad to connect with you again. Your interpretation of my poem is deep and inspiring! Thank you!

I concur that when women unite on a given course, they are invincible! That is the more reason why we must unite for the right reasons.

Thank you for being a strong pillar of strength. I celebrate you!

In Sisterhood!

Aramide