FROM THE TEAM LEADER
“FACI is brilliant and I’m proud to be a part of it. The activities were fun and educative; the execution of duties was amazing too. I can’t wait for next year’s edition.”
Folashade Olajuwon – FACI 2.0 Volunteer, Children of Promise Ministries
8 months ago, a concept was conceived. An idea that we hoped would become an inspirational project that would revolutionize what it meant to spread hope and love within our local community. Last year, we had launched the Feed-A-Child Initiative [FACI] as a signature effort to alleviate poverty and hunger amongst some of the most vulnerable people around us: children. However, from the lessons learnt, we made a pledge to go back to our drawing board and find a more sustainable solution to this common problem. Then came FACI 2.0: A Million Dreams. Over a period of 22 days in June 2019, more than 150 people came together on a mission to inspire our target beneficiaries to take up the challenge of a million dreams while empowering them with basic skills needed to shatter the latent and obvious limitations they may be coping with. And in retrospect, from all indications, we achieved our goal.
We envisaged a program that would help our target beneficiaries discover their own inherent abilities while exploring the numerous possibilities available to them through hand-on and engaging workshops that leverage the magic of the arts and crafts, launching them into an accelerated growth phase. What we realised in addition to this, is the universality of ambition and the extreme depth of thought of the human mind irrespective of age or social class. Many of our children shared dreams and ambitions with us so deep that they made us wish we had a better childhood.
This report provides a summary of the key events of the program, including the various workshops and craft sessions while highlighting its impact as well as feedback and recommendations from relevant members of the community. In order to consolidate on our gains and set the program up for a remarkable return in June 2020, we have started taking the following steps to ensure sustainability:
- Making our report of activities and finances available to the public who were not only our major sponsors with their kind donations that made our crowd-funding campaign a success, but also a constant source of support and inspiration through their constructive comments and recommendations.
- Sending our report and other relevant program materials to appropriate local and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, with the aim of exploring possible partnership to raise the profile of the program and scale up our impact in subsequent editions.
- Making relevant videos and other resources available to the target beneficiaries, for continuity of learning, ensuring that the skills they have been imparted with will grow to become sustainable sources of fulfillment and possible income that can propel them to a higher status.
- Acting on recommendations and lessons learnt from this edition to better prepare the next organizing team for a fruitful and more innovative and impactful experience.
It is my earnest desire that this report goes on to stimulate further efforts from all quarters to ensure that sustainable solutions to resilient problems in our community are hatched and implemented, with a focus on poverty and hunger affecting the most vulnerable and underserved groups. I acknowledge with all sense of appreciation, our valuable partners who agreed very early on to walk this walk with us as well as our generous donors from all over the world who made the necessary resources available for this ambitious project, all members of The Panacea Project and the FACI 2.0 Organising Team for their many sacrifices to bring our collective concept to life, our Advisory Council for making their wisdom continuously available to us and our committed team of volunteers who offered their support at each outing and ensured that the time spent with the children was unforgettable and magical.
On behalf of the organizing team, I thank you for inspiring A Million Dreams in a child.
Folajimi A. Adesanya