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A non-governmental organization has identified the needs of a rural community and brought relief to the inhabitants as reported by BAYO MUHAMMAD ALABIRA.
The role of any non-governmental organization / non-profit organization in community service and development is primarily to transform societies starting from the local level in order to achieve a goal that the policy makers in the government cycle had failed to achieve. provide them.
In this sense, the Save Our Soul Foundation for Democratic Governance and Policy Research (SOSFDGPR) has been able to set up remarkable projects that the government could not provide in a most remote village of Zungum, a few kilometers from Dengi, the seat of Kanam Local Government Area in Plateau State.
To this end, December 27, 2021 has been marked and dedicated to the commissioning of such projects provided by the foundation such as the block of three classrooms of Islamiya School, the residential mosque, the fence erected to safeguard the village cemetery and a house dedication.
The construction of the block of three classrooms was mainly aimed at developing infrastructure to help cushion the suffering of staff and students who had no choice but to make do with the space available to learn in the area. .
The Save Our Soul (SOS) Foundation was founded and funded by comrade Usman Muhammad Kanam, born and raised in Zungum. Former staff member of the National Population Commission, former journalist and currently working with the ECOWAS Intergovernmental Task Force against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA).
Motivation While talking about the difficult situation of what used to be on the ground in Zungum, he said, “I was born and raised in this village. I know the educational challenges faced by the people and the state government and have decided to use my foundation to improve the status of the primary school in the area.
He said that the pains of the lack of such infrastructure in his community served as a springboard to continue helping not only his home village, but others as well.
“I feel intense pain in my soul every time I visit home to see our children sitting in the shade of the trees to receive formal education. For this reason, I thought that providing a one classroom could make a difference in this community.”
According to him, “this is what initially motivated me to create this foundation to enable me to find funds from anywhere to help my people, including neighboring communities, facing similar challenges. This is because I realized that we as individuals need to find a way to help our community since government intervention has been hard to come by. I have in mind that with proper education from our community, we would be able to compete with our age mates all over the world.
Following this development which began with the Foundation Laying Ceremony of the Pet Project, the dream came true and the projects were commissioned on December 27, 2021 with the support of a retired school administrator and community leader, Alhaji Sani Shapwai, Talban Namaran, Grand Chief Nyimbas Sabo, Danburam Zungum and other community members. This reminded the citizens of Kanam that on April 23, 2011, a block of two classrooms was also ordered and handed over to the Plateau State Universal Primary Education Board (PSUBEB).
Speaking then, he said: “My NGO is only seven years old and we don’t have funds for big projects, but our situation in this village is pathetic waiting for enough funds. . I resolved to start with the meager funds available in order to encourage others to come and contribute their share.
Although communities are not made better only by those who have the resources. Indeed, those who lack even the capacity to help their communities are in the majority, always rising to the occasion to wipe away the tears of their people. The seed sown by this foundation is clearly an example to emulate for not wanting the children of the Zungum community to suffer from neglect as he has been available to stand aside.
The report shows that in many communities there are gaping gaps that need to be filled by the sons and daughters of the region, using their resources to transform the areas under their strain. In the current dispensation, many communities like Zungum have been transformed through the contributions of their sons or daughters.
As a recovery effort, the time has come for those who have benefited in one form or another in their lifetime to bless their communities with what they have. As this NGO was only seven years old at the time, the founder had already dismissed the idea of waiting for the government to come to the aid of his community.
Consequently, this has led to well documenting the seeds sown over the years by the foundation, as they adorn the landscape of Zungum, a constant reminder that a son of the region has endeavored to bring developments of all kinds not only to the region but also to neighboring communities.
Defending this type of business has become necessary and common with the founder of the NGO over the years, having grown up in an environment where development projects are rare or denied to the region. But the struggles to achieve such developments are not easy. This is why those who get involved know they are getting involved because of the greater needs of their people.
The SOS Foundation therefore remained an intellectual marketplace of ideas for young people and elites as well as a center of public discourse.
This allowed people to remain passionate and excited about the value they could add to their community without in return receiving financial gain for their sacrifices.
It is the hope of the members of the foundation that more can be done individually or even collectively to raise the standard of living of the communities. However, the government has a responsibility to make things happen; when they don’t advance such causes, the luxury of endless waiting should end, but people with ideas must wake up to change the narrative, just as the SOS Foundation did.
The foundation has run programs since its inception prior to the 1999 transition to democracy in Nigeria through contributions from members, philanthropists and spiritual individuals.