FI identified the increased rate of illiteracy in Nigeria especially between from ages 0 to 15 and more worrying is that some children at this vulnerable age do not have access to education which is a basic right. Several orphanage homes/care homes that cater for children of this age (0 – 15 years of age) are also faced with the challenges of being unable to afford them basic education and daily needs for survival.
The statistics of literate children between the ages of 0-15 in Africa has gradually been on the decrease. One of the goals of the Millennium Development Goals to achieve universal primary education by 2015 met 91% of primary school age children school enrollment in 2013 around the world. However, West and Central Africa fell short of this global achievement with a net enrollment of 74% in 2013 which continues to be on the increase over the years. A similar challenge is faced at the secondary school level with this dropping to lower than 70% in low-income countries. The graph below shows the progress rate of the primary and secondary education goal and particularly shown is the stalled progress recorded in West & Central African countries:
There are care homes in remote areas with low living standards and oftentimes find it difficult to afford the basic needs of life i.e. education, three meal a day, shelter etc. At the extreme, there are some other that gets lots of attention mostly because their location is visible or that they have the right channel to gaining attention. A lot of people can relate to these extremes based on personal experience i.e. an orphanage home having too much while there is another that has little or nothing. This is one of the need gaps identified by TFI and our objective is to eliminate this gap by making the public aware of these extremes and helping with their widow’s mite.
There are people that have resources and willing to provide help for those that are in need and thus will help to eliminate the need gap identified above. However, they do not know how and where they can find the very remote homes/schools/Organizations that are in desperate need of these resources. They end up giving to same orphanage homes/care homes that already have lots of resources and attention or they do not give at all. TFI’s objective is to eradicate this gap by creating platforms where the need gaps will be communicated to the public through social media and any other legitimate means available. This will make it easy to identify the people and Organizations that are in serious need and ensure that their needs are met through the help of others.
TFI identifies schools, orphanages in rural areas and projects their needs to the public through our social media platforms and networks. TFI runs a credibility check on them before they are projected on our platform. In very few instances where this verification is not carried out on an orphanage, school or project for relevant reasons, the public will be informed about this.
TFI act as an intermediary between the needy and helpers.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of goals launched by the United Nation in September 2015 and is set out to be achieved by 2030. TFI supports the sustainable development goals and will run projects that will help achieve part of these goals. The picture below represents the global goals and TFI’s specific focus is on the circled goals
How we work
We intend to achieve our stated objectives by soliciting the support of private individuals and corporate entities globally by way of providing educational materials, improve school infrastructures, sponsor children through school and practically anything that relates to providing quality education for the future generation We create awareness of unheard and unseen care homes to the public thus acting as an intermediary between the needy and the helper.
Technology, social media platforms, and other legitimate means are used to eliminate/reduce the need and help gap, connect the needy and the helper and thus be an intermediary between both parties in most cases.
As explained above, TFI is a platform where people in need can benefit from the resources of others that are capable and willing to provide those needs. The primary objective of TFI is to fill a need gap and thus act as an intermediary that connects both the needy and the helper.
To ensure that the needs identified and projected by TFI are genuine and true, a credibility check is carried out on those needs in ways highlighted below:
- All organization/orphanages/care homes that we work with are verified by TFI wit signed partnership agreement. This can be in form of a physical visit, verification of the care home with the relevant Regulatory authorities/Government body in charge, verification with the community organizations and any other efficient means identified. This will give TFI and the public comfort over the needs
- Individual needs are verified before presented on the website. This can be in form of a physical visit, providing the need to the individual and not the money.
- TFI will frequently (annually) review its list of verified partners to identify if there is any reason not to continue with the partnership
- TFI in some instances might not verify some needs probably for reason that the cost of verification might outweigh the need itself. Each project on the website will be tagged as “Verified” or “Not verified” for this purpose. This will ensure that helpers are aware and can decide to want to support.
People/Organizations have the below options to support TFI:
- Contact the interested individual, orphanage or organization directly
- Send cash to the bank account of the needy directly
- Send the identified need to the needy
- Send cash to TFI’s bank account. A proof/evidence of TFI if need will be sent to you
- Donate on TFI’s website
- Crowdfunding: You can donate an amount towards any project by TFI
- Awareness: You can support TFI by helping to spread the awareness in and outside your network
- Mentorship: You can be a mentor to a child through the Tagfour Mentorship Program
- Volunteer: You can volunteer your time
- Pray for TFI.
Company Ownership/Legal Entity
TFI is a non-governmental organization registered under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and regulated by the Companies and Allied Matters Act. TFI is bound by its Constitution. Trustees: They are identified in the page “Our People”. New trustees are considered by the board and may subsequently be invited to join the board.