Bode Elizabeth Jikiemi (Nigeria)
Bode Jikiemi lives in Nigeria where statistics show a dependency ratio of 1:5 and average daily earnings of less than $1. Yet, as is the case for many growing up in middle class Nigeria, the extent of suffering didn’t fully hit home until 2012 when she met a homeless little girl who lived in a fridge carton and didn’t know her parents.
In August 2012 Bode started The Food Shelter an NGO that collects, cooks and distributes food through an army of volunteers, individuals who cook, drive, counsel and distribute basic necessities like soap, beverages, sponges, water, toothbrushes and clothes.
So far The Food Shelter has provided 1000+ items of clothing, 13,000+ meals and hundreds of toys to the destitute. Bode has also started a programme called “TFS Externship” where skills such as tailoring, hairdressing, carpentry and barbing are to be taught to homeless youth to help them achieve financial independence.
Still much to be done. By 2019, Bode hopes to increase consistent distribution to the needy, her target being 5000 meals a month, 48 youth trainees yearly. Bode is equally committed to educating and enabling others to participate in this work, and is proud to have inspired 2 faith based organizations in Lagos to hold feeding rallies.
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