A Non-Governmental Organisation, One Child, One Care Initiative (OCOCI) has received yet another recognition for its unwavering commitment to helping the needy in the society.
OCOCI recently won the Nigerian Volunteers Awards, 2022 for its humanitarian service to its community.
Although it has been providing interventions to the less privileged before 2007, OCOCI will be 15 years as an incorporated NGO in November.
Its Founder, Mrs Aderonke Onipede, who received the award on behalf of the organisation, said the recognition would spur the NGO to do more for the society.
OCOCI has five major orphanages it supports as its primary projects. “We also support other orphanage homes or NGOs who are in line of our objectives upon verification of viability and confirmed registration”, the Founder said.
“Our support spreads across the well-being, education, medical support, advocacy and awareness, skills acquisition and empowerment, and training programmes. These programmes also extend to the less privileged children in the society”, she added.
The NGO was created to support the well-being of less privileged children, special need children in orphanage homes, and children from low-income families in grassroot communities.
Three low-income communities – Olofin, Isheri and Olowoora – constitute the NGO’s primary support because of proximity to its offices. This is to ensure proper monitoring, the organisation rationalised.
“We also have individual low-income families outside our primary community that we support as well”, Onipede further said.
OCOCI’s annual events, which are graced by Nigerian celebrities and supported by great brands and individuals, include: Palliative Support, Love-from-a-Child, Educational and Christmas Outreach.
During the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, the NGO supported over 450 families pan-Nigeria via online transfers of N7, 500 for low-income families and N10,000 for families with special needs children
It also supported its immediate community with food palliatives for over 2,000 families.
For those acts, OCOCI was awarded among the top three COVID Heroes by She Leads Africa, an African community that supports and promotes African women.
The NGO also got partnership with Microsoft and Tech4Dev to train some youth on digital skills and empowered them for their career and business growth
Last December, the OCOCI supported over 2,500 children with food bags and N1,500 women with food boxes.