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At Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation, we believe that ALL children deserve access to education, regardless of social or economic background. Unfortunately, in many communities across Nigeria, several economically disadvantaged children do not have this access and ultimately resort to whatever means they can to survive.

This is why we designed our Street2School project; to give these children a fighting chance. Our project seeks to provide children with educational materials and, where we can, to put them through school in order to ensure that they have access to a better quality of life.

We remain dedicated to ensuring that every child everywhere is empowered with the mental capacity to birth innovative solutions that will move our society forward.

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All over the world, girls face a number of devastating challenges. These challenges range from child marriage and sexual violence, to lack of education and an absence of safe spaces for girls.

At Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation, we believe that girls have a right to life and should be constantly supported in order to reach their fullest potential. The promotion of gender equality and the elimination of all forms of violence and harmful practices against girls everywhere are very important in attaining the sustainable development goals.

The safe future of our societies and world can only be preserved by speaking up and taking action against child marriage and sexual violence. We are committed to contributing our quota to ensure that the gender gap is closed and that the future of young girls worldwide never has to be compromised. We advocate for the dignity of girls through the Girls Not Wives campaign.

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Since the rise of the Boko Haram insurgents in the 2000s, thousands of Nigerians in the North-Eastern region of the country have lost their lives and livelihoods. Many have been forced to move to Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps and thus been stripped of their identity, becoming only statistics in the grand scheme of things.

Love In The Midst Of War (LITMOW) is an initiative borne out of the need to remind these people that hope abides even in the midst of terror. At Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation, we strongly believe that human beings are more than statistics. Each person has an experience worthy of being heard and a life worthy of being cared for. Through LITMOW, we are able to bring relief in form of food, clothing and inspirational activities to persons who have been affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in North-Eastern Nigeria.

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“Not all heroes wear capes,” this is one of the most famous statements that rings true for generations. It’s been coined by one and tweaked by so many. For most of us, our early impressions are formed by a woman right from a young age. She may have taken the shape of our mothers, sisters, daughters; our favourite aunt, school teacher, mentor, midwife, nurse or doctor…

At SHEROES, we believe that we should all be “empowered to empower”. Empowerment for us is letting girls and women know that it is okay to dream, letting them know they can and should achieve great feats and ultimately, be the best versions of themselves for themselves and for our communities at large.

SHEROES teaches and provides safe spaces for girls and women (with top priority placed on the victims of gender-based violence and abuse); for them to heal and when possible seek out and get justice for them; giving them the platform where they can channel these pains and experiences into purpose and productivity.

Every real growth and success takes coming together. We do this through collaborations and partnerships in our immediate communities, with individuals, and some organizations and through our volunteers.

The goal of SHEROES is also being pursued through skill acquisition and vocational training programmes that we have run and will continue to run efficiently.

We take on the wide gap of inequalities in work spaces either as entrepreneurs or at conventional workplaces by teaching how to walk the talk by means of meaningful outreach initiatives where we have women notable in their fields at local and national levels, relating to other women at a level that is comprehensible; sharing their struggles, stories and the life processes which made them who they are today; and providing the needed continuous support to make this our reality.

Here at Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation, it is our dream that women are those SHEROES who wear invisible capes all day long.