A non-governmental organization identified the needs of a rural community and provided relief to residents, 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 from the local level in order to achieve a goal that policy makers in the government cycle have failed to achieve. provide them.
In this regard, the Save Our Soul Foundation for Democratic Governance and Political Research (SOSFDGPR) was able to set up remarkable projects that the government could not carry out in the most remote village of Zungum, a few kilometers from Dengi, the seat of the local government area in Kanam, Plateau State.
To this end, December 27, 2021 was marked and dedicated to the commissioning of such projects provided by the foundation such as the block of three classrooms of the Islamiya school, the residential mosque, the fence erected to safeguard the village cemetery and a dedicated house.
The construction of the block of three classrooms was primarily aimed at developing infrastructure to help alleviate the suffering of staff and students who had no choice but to be content with the space available for learning in the classroom. the neighborhood.
The Save Our Soul Foundation (SOS) 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 Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA).
The Motivation Speaking about the predicament of what was once on earth in Zungum, he said, “I was born and raised in this village. I know the educational challenges facing the people and the state government and decided to use my foundation to raise the status of primary school in the region.
He said the pains of the lack of such infrastructure in his community serve as a springboard to continue helping not only his home village, but others as well.
“I feel an intense pain in my soul every time I come home to see our children sit in the shade of the trees to receive a formal education. For this reason, I thought that having a single classroom can make a difference in this community.
According to him, “This is what initially motivated me to create this foundation to allow me to raise funds from anywhere to help my people, including neighboring communities facing similar challenges. This is because I realized that we as individuals have to find a way to help our community since government intervention has been hard to come by. I have in mind that with a good education from our community, we would be able to compete with our age mates anywhere in the world.
Following this development which began with the foundation laying ceremony for 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 leader. community, 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 afterwards, he said: “My NGO is only seven years old and we don’t have funds for major projects, but our situation in this village is pathetic to wait until there is enough funds. . I decided to start with the meager funds available in order to encourage other people to come and contribute their quota. “
Although communities are not improved only by those who have the resources. Indeed, those who do not even have the capacity to help their communities are in the majority, always up to the occasion to wipe the tears of their people. The seed sown by this foundation is clearly an example to emulate of not wanting the children of the Zungum community to be neglected because he has been available to stand aside.
Task on Others 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 struggling regions. In the current dispensation, many communities like Zungum have been transformed because of the contributions of their sons or daughters.
As a recovery effort, now is the time for those who have benefited in one form or another in their lifetime to bless their community with what they have. As at the time this NGO was only seven years old, the founder had already ruled out the idea of waiting for the government to come to the aid of his community.
Therefore, this has led to the seed which has been sown over the years by the foundation to be well documented as they adorn the landscape of Zungum, constantly reminding that a son of the region has made efforts to bring developments. of all kinds not only to the region but also to neighboring communities.
Defending this type of case has become a necessity and a common place with the founder of the NGO over the years, having grown up in an environment where development projects are rare or refused in the region. But the struggles to achieve such developments are not easy. This is why those who get involved know they got involved because of the increased needs of their people.
The SOS foundation has therefore remained an intellectual market of ideas for young people and elites as well as a center of public discourse.
This allowed people to remain passionate and enthusiastic about the value they could add to their community without in return receiving any 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 have to wake up to change the narrative, just like the SOS foundation did.
The foundation has been running programs since its inception before Nigeria’s transition to democracy in 1999 through contributions from members, philanthropists and spirits.