Working as a conflict resolution coordinator in Nigeria, Ifeoma Ologwa regularly witnessed the impact of political turmoil in her country, with women and children bearing the brunt of harm.
After a crisis, women, many widowed, have no resources or supports to turn to and have struggled to keep their families alive, she says. It’s not uncommon for them to pursue manual labor or values-compromising work just to make ends meet. For years, Ifeoma dreamed of starting her own nonprofit to help women and children in her country, but wasn’t sure where to begin.
Upon discovering Philanthropy University, she enrolled and completed all seven courses this past December and is finally turning her ideas into action, with plans to launch within the next three years. Currently, Ifeoma is developing a distinct mission and vision for the organization and a strategy to reach donors and supporters. She’s also applied to an academic program overseas to get advanced training in peace and conflict resolution.
One day, she hopes her organization will empower women and children through vocational training to run sustainable small businesses so they no longer have to compromise their ethics in order to keep their families afloat.
“Enrolling in Philanthropy University has given me a leap in my career and helped me stand out among my peers,” said Ifeoma, who was recently promoted at her job. “Now I have a clearer picture that will help ensure my nonprofit has a long term impact on the people who need it most.”