United for Kids Foundation (UKF) is a volunteer-led not for profit organization registered in Nigeria under the Corporate Affairs Commission regime as an incorporated trustees’ entity. UKF is also registered as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization in the United Kingdom and the United States of America (501c3.) UKF is established exclusively for charitable, health and educational activities targeted principally at needy children in Nigeria. Our aim is to create a vehicle that enables fortunate Nigerians and friends of Nigeria apply their resources towards alleviating the unfortunate conditions of less fortunate poor, sick and orphaned children, and providing them with necessary tools to overcome poverty, sickness and illiteracy.
The UKF dream began in 1999 and became a reality in April 2002 when a group of friends/colleagues visited the Lagos State Motherless Babies Home, LMBH. UKF acts as a bridge between the fortunate Nigerians and the less fortunate sick and orphaned children, we receive and make donations to needy children in state-owned hospitals, state and privately owned orphanages, public schools and other facilities in need. UKF has experienced significant growth in financial and human resources; annual donations have increased from $100 in 2002 to more than $200,000 in 2018; membership has grown from less than 10 individuals in 2002 to 300 members in Nigeria, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States of America in 2018. In the short period we have being in existence, we have learnt that the power to heal Nigeria and indeed the World lies in the hands of dedicated and kind hearted people like YOU
Since 2002, we have implemented programs targeted at children from low-income families with donations solicited from friends, members of our network and fundraising events. Among our highly successful programs is an annual ‘Back to School’ program, which provides school bags and essential school supplies to children from low-income families. The purpose of this program, which covered fifty two thousand children in fifteen states in 2016, is to reduce the number of “out of school” children in Nigeria. We also established (2011) and actively maintain daily library programs in 10 public primary schools in Lagos. These programs continue to provide six thousand pupils with opportunities to develop their abilities through reading as well as actively learning with arts, crafts, film-shows, holiday camps and field trips. In 2018, we implemented the Library on Wheels program which brings our literacy programs to two thousand pupils in the largest local government in Lagos State, Alimosho Local Government.
We have noted the positive impact of our programs on the children and their families and are therefore determined to scale our programs in order to reach more Nigerian children who desperately need help. We wish to increase the number of children covered by our programs to Two Hundred thousand (200,000) by December 2020. We are confident we can achieve this goal with you by our side. We hope you will support our work by volunteering your time and/or donating money to fund our project.
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