The Erelu Adebayo Foundation is working to address the needs of vulnerable and underprivileged Nigerian women and children through a number of social programs intended to bring relief and hope. Dr. Anita Kemi DaSilva-Ibru has a Master’s in Public Health from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and she and her fellow board members at ERAF have worked diligently over the years to develop a number of programs aimed at assisting widows and orphans throughout Nigeria. The non-profit group founded by Erelu Angela Adebayo identifies and develops programs to address the needs of each and every family they help.
ERAF provides job skills training to widows and teens to allow them to become self-sufficient, micro-loans to widows who wish to start a small business and scholarships to children so they can attend school. The foundation also provides hospice care to terminally ill HIV positive patients to ease the pain of the final stages of the virus. Another very successful program has been the ERAF Children’s home, an orphanage whose goal is to provide a caring home environment for orphaned and vulnerable children. Through the success of these many programs aimed at addressing the very real needs of vulnerable Nigerians, the organization has brought hope to many of the people affected by the AIDs crisis.
The programs of the ERAF are funded by donors and philanthropic sponsorship. The 5 member board consists of: Chairman Erelu Angela Adebayo, wife of the former governor of Ekiti state and founder of the organization; Dr. Anita Kemi DaSilva-Ibru, a doctor at Ideal Eagle Hospital with a Master’s degree in Public Health; Mrs. Ronke Okusanya; Dr. Olusola Bob-Egbe; and Agatha A. Johnpaul, Progamme Officer. Every project has a two part supervision process that allows for both internal and external evaluation and each project is set up so that it can be monitored, tracked, and evaluated.