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Sahara Foundation Volunteers of the month – November 2021

Sahara Foundation Volunteers of the month - November 2021

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FESTUS IDIESE

1. Tell us about yourself

My name is Festus Oghenekevbe Idiese. I am from Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria. I had my early education in Benin, Edo State and so I had the opportunity of learning and speaking Bini language fluently.

I am a graduate of management from Imo State University, I am currently work with the community Relations department of Asharami Energy. My interests include youth development and sporting activities. I have been working in Sahara for about ten years now.

 

2. What is your motivation for volunteering?

My motivation for volunteering stems from the fact that it gives me the opportunity to empower the youths in Nigeria, particularly the youths in our host communities.

It also gives me the opportunity to showcase Sahara Group (Sahara Foundation) as an organization  passionate about youth development and empowerment.

 

3. Describe your volunteering experience at the Meter installation training?

It was quite awesome, seeing the mindset shift over the 2 week period and willingness in the beneficiaries of the programme was quite encouraging. Despite some challenges faced initially, we were able to work with the beneficiaries to achieve the programme’s set objectives.

 

4. What contribution or achievement are you most proud?

Ans: I am happy that I got the chance to be part of the success of the Sahara Technical Regenerators Programme especially working with the community leadership to identify and select 25 beneficiaries from Ajoki, Ajamimogha and Kolo Kolo communities.

 

 

5. What other organizations or causes do you support or volunteer for?

I support orphanage homes and youth development programmes in my church

 

6. Do you know about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? If yes, what do you think of them?

Yes I do. I know the SDG’s address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice.

7. What do you think about Sahara Foundation’s new focus areas (Access to Clean Energy and Promoting Sustaining Environment)?

I think it is well thought-out, it aligns with Sahara Group’s vision, and it has great potential for impact

 

8. What message would you like to share with others about volunteering?

It is a selfless service to humanity, and I would encourage everyone to make out time to volunteer to causes they are passionate about.

 

9. Kindly share your social media handles

Linkedin: Idiese Oghenekevbe Festus

 

10. Would you like us to reach out to you for more volunteering opportunities in the future?

Yes, I would be more than happy to volunteer in the future

 

IKECHUKWU DIALA

 

1. Tell us about yourself

My Name is Ikechukwu Diala, I studied Petroleum Engineering at Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo state, Nigeria. My interests range from Reading (particularly bible study), Praying, Playing Soccer and finding ways to add value in all my engagements. I have been a Saharian since 9th May 2011.

 

 

2. What is your motivation for volunteering?

My Motivation is My Lord, Jesus Christ. I consistently study the bible and I find it amazing that He is constantly making our lives better. The bible also teaches us to also care for our environment. The question “How can I impact lives as Christ did” has been my motivation for volunteering and supporting others.

 

3. Describe your volunteering experience at the Meter installation training in Onne Community?

I supported with stakeholder engagement/ liaison within the community and planning the training sessions with the Sahara Foundation team. It was fun and engaging.

 

4. What contribution or achievement are you most proud?

The Contributions that have pleased me immensely are the times that I had the opportunity to encourage young people to look beyond their immediate environment and believe they can achieve anything they set they set out to achieve.

 

5. What other organizations or causes do you support or volunteer for?

None for now but I am personally drawn to supporting organizations/causes that work towards the development of a harmonious, liberated, and informed society.

 

6. Do you know about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? If yes, what do you think of them?

Yes, I do, and I think they are commendable because their aim is to achieve a better and sustainable future for humanity. However, it would require collective effort.

 

7. What do you think about Sahara Foundation’s new focus areas (Access to Clean Energy and Promoting Sustaining Environment)?

The focus areas are crucial because they point to the requirements for a better future for all. For Instance, the need for clean energy is key because energy is currently the highest contributor to climate change and transformation of our urban spaces is a crucial element in achieving the SDGs.

 

8. What message would you like to share with others about volunteering?

I would like everyone to know that every time you volunteer for a Worthwhile Cause, you are transformed from an average person that seeks what he can get to an extra-ordinary person that seeks how he can give.

 

9. Kindly share your social media handles (Instagram and LinkedIn)  

Instagram: ikechukwud1st

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ikechukwu-diala-a0109035

 

10. Would you like us to reach out to you for more volunteering opportunities in the future?

Certainly, I would be more than happy to support.

 

 

 

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