Thursday, 29 September 2016

Wadi Ben-Hirki : A Selfless Jewel


A nation which seeks to better its future must invest in the children which will lead it to its future - Wadi Ben Hirki

To some, dedication towards a course might seem a major huddle to scale but to WADI BEN- HIRKI this comes naturally. 

As a devoted humanitarian, this young lady has touched so many lives in Nigeria through the Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation established to cater for disadvantaged children in the society. 


Often described as the 'Mother Theresa' of our time, Wadi is a selfless, unassuming, affable and outspoken young lady with a heart of gold.  

Her vision to create a platform to support the less privileged is not only limited to Nigeria but by extension Africa and ultimately globally.

                          


According to her, she is on a mission to ensure that ''children in the society are given opportunities to go to school and also have the basic things needed to survive such as: food, shelter, clothing, good health care among others'' .

Some of the projects created by her foundation includes: #Street2School, #GirlsNotWives and #LITMOW (Love In The Midst Of War.)



Like every other visioner, Wadi has her fair share of challenges like insufficient funding that limits the effectiveness of campaigns run by her and her team. Also access to victims living in areas affected by terrorist is another limitation. Despite this, Wadi is very focused and determined and so far her foundation has touched over 500 lives. 

Due to her activities, Wadi has earned awards and recognition some of which includes; Nigerian Teen Choice Awards: Choice Philanthropist of the Year (2015 & 2016), Covenant University humanitarian of the year 2016 among others. 

In August 2016, she was selected to participate in the African Union Regional Youth Consultation on human rights. Wadi is also a member of the Association of Women’s Rights in Development.  

This worthy Ambassador of 'The Unknown Nigeria' is a 19 year old final year Accounting student of Covenant University Nigeria and she is on a journey to ensuring that poverty and illiteracy are eradicated in Africa and the mind-sets of people about Nigeria and Africa is transformed. 

Recently, Wadi was nominated for the 2016 African Peace Builder Award and to win she really needs your vote.  https://africa.peacesummit.net/awards-shortlist/


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