From Uche Usim, Abuja
To give hope to the hopeless, former Finance Minister Ms. Kemi Adeosun explained that the Dash Me Foundation and its online savings initiative known as Dash Me Store was established to improve lives. vulnerable and needy people. in Nigeria.
Adeosun made this known on Tuesday when responding to media inquiries from its UK base.
She said the Dash Me Foundation and Dash Me Store rekindled her love for the vulnerable and needy people in the country.
“A 20,000,000 Naira sale that will pay for the medical care of an abandoned child gives me so much excitement despite the fact that I have handled transactions worth billions of dollars for Nigeria,” a- she declared.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, launched the Dash Me Foundation on June 14, 2021 to raise funds for the Nigerian army of small orphanages, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, domestic violence shelters and groups working with the vulnerable and needy.
Ms. Adeosun revealed that the Dash Me Foundation works closely with grassroots charities to ensure that funds and materials donated through the Dash Me Store reach the true beneficiaries.
She said: “The Charity Thrift Shop is a unique model that doesn’t just give to the needy in the conventional way of just handing out donations.
“It is an innovative and structured way of aggregating donations to earn income to transform the lives of vulnerable and needy people in Nigeria while creating jobs in the process.”
The Foundation, according to the former Minister, ensures that the beneficiaries are genuine and have a track record of performance.
“He also ensures that the funds granted are used in accordance with the agreed terms. Efforts are made to screen opportunists and ensure that every naira counts.
“Dash Me Foundation currently operates two thrift shops in Nigeria – one is an upscale boutique located in the scholarly neighborhood of Lekki Phase 1 and the other named Discount City, Ogba, both in Lagos State .
“The shops are filled with shoes, clothes, furniture and accessories that have been donated by generous donors in New York, London and Nigeria. Proceeds from the sale of all items in the shops are used to support the needy,” she added.
The Dash Me Foundation’s most recent grants have shown a range of deserving recipients with projects spread across the country.
One of the major grant recipients has been Feet of Grace, an organization that provides false limbs to low-income amputees and wheelchairs to polio victims in Kano, Nasarawa and Cross River states.
Other recipients include Peculiar Saint Orphanage, which has a fully-funded cerebral palsy therapy room, and Sought After Women, which received funding to resettle women who had been trafficked.
The growing foundation is registered in the UK as well as New York and Lagos.
The vice-president had in June 2021, during the launch of the Dash Me Foundation, congratulated the former minister for the initiative, describing it as the first of its kind in the country.
He said: “I am delighted to be here for several reasons, but especially because of Mrs Adeosun’s commitment to the idea that all service to man is in fact service to God, and she took this very seriously.
“That’s why as minister she prioritized social investment programs when for the first time the country voted almost 500 billion naira from our annual budget for social programs called social investment programs. social investment, which involved engaging 500,000 young men and women, and also granting micro-credits to around 2 million traders and also a home-grown school feeding program for 9.5 million children per day in public schools across the country.
“So I’m really not surprised that she decided to use some of her enormous talent and influence to create an organization that raises funds and provides resources to local charities working with orphaned and vulnerable children, disadvantaged young people and victims of domestic violence. ”