Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another episode of the Rebrand Nigeria Ambassador Series!
Today, we are celebrating a social entrepreneur and female rights advocate who hails from Delta State, Nigeria. She is a graduate of English Language and Education from University of Abuja, Nigeria. This young lady has impacted thousands of women and children in marginalized communities through her foundation. She is passionate about ending extreme poverty and as such, the initiatives run by her foundation create sustainable development opportunities for the people.
Let us celebrate Ogholi Sandra Alero; founder of Rural Development and Reformation Foundation (RUDERF). RUDERF is a non-profit organisation focused on developing rural and semi-urban communities through innovation and structured interventions. A number of their projects are community-centred that address issues on social, economic and developmental development.
RUDERF runs three major initiatives which are; She Stands Leadership Academy (SSLA), Oleju Enterprise and Community Projects. The SSLA initiative is a leadership program for females who learn through a series of workshops and mentorship opportunities from high impact females globally. Over 2000 females have benefited from the SSLA initiative. The Oleju enterprise targets women from rural communities and gives them the platform to learn vocational skills, access business incubation support, micro loans and employment opportunities. Over 980 women across 4 communities have been reached through the initiative.
Under the community projects, programs involving education have benefited over 4000 children in many communities in the Niger-Delta region. Some have returned to school, others have been awarded scholarships and mass media advocacies have been carried out due to the poor quality of education in poor communities. Alero is a digital skills trainer and with her skills, she has trained over 3000 teenagers, 1700 female SME owners, 900 female graduates and 450 female teachers.
She has received much recognition for her impactful initiatives such as; LEAP Africa Social Innovators Program and Outstanding Fellows Award – 2017/2018, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois Global Engagement Summit Delegate and Ambassador – 2018 & 2019, Google Impact Challenge Africa, Nigeria winner -2018 among others.
This campaign is powered by the Ugwumba Center for Leadership Development in Africa.
God bless Nigeria!!