Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Nation Newspaper writes story about RSN Founder!

Tosin Taiwo has passion for the less-privileged. This passion once turned her into a beggar and earned her several awards. To live her passion, Taiwo, a Fellow of the Carrington Youth Fellowship, established the Resource Sharing Network (RSN) Foundation, which is touching the lives of youths. Evelyn Osagie, Udemma Chukwuma and Ogechi Njirika report.

The 2012 Fellow of the Carrington Youth Fellowship, Tosin Taiwo, 32, was once passionate about software programming. She had since quit her job for humanitarian causes. Today, she specialises in inspiring and putting smiles of the faces of young Nigerians. And she does it through her foundation, Resource Sharing Network (RSN).

It all began when she went for the national youth service. After working with a software company, her experience during the service year changed her worldview. “Service brought me much closer to the needy. I was particularly moved by the plights of the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). I saw how twisted life was and that had a great impact on me.”

Taiwo is not one to sit around merely prodding over a problem. She made up her mind then to do something. That action eventually earned her an award as the overall best Corps member in Kogi State in 2006/2007. “Eventually I came up with a project to assist the less privileged, especially the PWDs. I did a fundraising to buy mobility aid to the physically-challenged in the community.”

How did she do it? Hear her: “As a corps member I had no money because the salary (alawi) wasn’t even enough to spend. Nonetheless, I got money by moving from one place to the other, ‘begging’. I used the word ‘begging’ because of this pamphlet I made with space for the name of sponsors, their contact and amount donated. I used to take it everywhere I go along with pictures of PWDs to show well-wishers at filling stations, etc, what the money would be used for. Eventually, I was able to raise over N100,000 and got mobility aid appliances, such as wheelchair, for the kids and bought educational items for pupils in public schools at Lokoja. This fetched me an award as the overall best Corps member in 2006/2007 in the state.”
After her service, the passion got her into Idea Builders’ the Women Mentoring Women programme that gave birth to the establishment of RSN. “I have always had the passion to serve and assist even before I went for service. After service, I went back to my software company and got connected to Idea Builders and enrolled in their Women Mentoring Women programme. That was where I was empowered enough to start my own non-governmental organisation. I was paired with a mentor, Dr. Titi Akinlade. I told her my dream and passion for young people; she gave me advice on what to do. four to five months after the programme, I quit my job to concentrate on encouraging and building the enthusiasms of youths on education. And RSN was born in 2009.”

For three years, Taiwo has dedicated her time to inspiring youths. Her foundation seeks to encourage less-privileged young people to embrace education. Working with them has been rewarding, she said. This has turned her into an advocate of the biblical maxim: “Be our brother’s keeper”.

“You don’t need to have millions before you can help. The little you have that you don’t use, you could pass it on and would make a whole lot of difference in someone’s life. As an organisation, ours is to bring those resources together and make the world a better place which has been fulfilling. Young people need all of the help they could get to stay strong, focus and excel. They need you to give the gift of your support and mentorship. Although the money may not be there, the reward and the fulfillment one gets from helping people is priceless. Really, it’s been wonderful working with young people.”

She decried the state of the educational system and level of unemployment, noting that it is discouraging to parents. “Some parents have lost enthusiasm to send their kids to good schools because of our present deteriorating educational status and high rate of unemployment of youths, especially graduates. We have had cases where we met with parents to orientate them that education pays and is worth investing on. Some day soon, things shall work well in this nation,” she said.

Through its youth empowerment initiative and bag swap project, last month RSN gave educational materials to over 400 primary school pupils across Lagos State, such as bags, exercise books, sandals, etc. Methodist Primary School, Igbogila; St. Andrews Primary School, Ipaja; African Church Primary School, Ikola; The Rock Primary School and Praise International School. According to her, RSN operates a three-fold programme: mentorship, scholarship and youth empowerment scheme.
She said: “The foundation is a dream come true. There are many problems in the world. Although we are a growing organisation, our basic target is those that want to go to school without the means. We are motivated to do what we do because of the voiceless, young people out there on the street, from disadvantaged homes who crave to go back to school, but do not have the means. We want to build their enthusiasm towards education, regardless of their present hurdles and the difficulties faced by their parents. Thus far, we have assisted about 60 students to register for GCE, WAEC, NECO, JAMB, SAT examinations. In 2010, we bought GCE forms for 21 pupils. In 2011, we bought for nine pupils and registered one for WASSCE. Last month we have donated educational materials, such as school bags, sandals, notebooks etc to more than 600 pupils in public primary schools and school for kids with hearing challenge courtesy United Parcel Service (UPS). At present, we sponsored the primary and secondary education programmes of five disadvantaged kids in Alimosho area, Lagos State.”

“In the mentorship programme, we pair up young people in secondary school with young professionals who will guard mentor and be there for them as big brothers or sisters. It is our responsibility to see them from one class to the other. The scholarship programme is actually where we are seeking sponsors. Through it, we sponsor kids in need of financial assistance, get them back to school, buy their uniforms, and pay their school fees. Through individual sponsorship, three pupils now enjoy full scholarship from post-secondary to tertiary.
“Through RSN empowerment scheme, we are reaching out to those who are out of school and in the streets. One of the beneficiaries is an 11-year-old boy who has never been to school before. We had to put him in kindergarten. He is coping in spite of his age. Our next phase of programme is an empowerment programme for out-of-school pupils. We have some on our waiting list. There is one who is deaf and dumb but learnt shoemaking but has no money to get the necessary equipment. Thanks to UPS, part of their sponsorship has covered that.”

Her work, she said, has influenced her life positively as a mother of two. “Philanthropy is something I do out of passion, not that somebody is paying me. I have been doing it over time even while I was working. But it has helped me schedule myself and time appropriately to the two parties – the family and work. My work doesn’t demand that I resume every 8am to 6pm so there is enough time for me to take care of my family.”


Sunday, November 25, 2012

How Important it know

Trust you are having a good time out there. We appreciate you and would always wish you the best in your endeavors.
These past few days has been exciting as we reach out to more young people without school bags. The first photograph shows the kids in their poor 'makeshift' school bags. While the other photograph captured those lovely faces with brand new school bags donated to them by Resource Sharing Network. Thanks to friends and sponsors~
Thank you for visiting our page, too..:)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

"Do you sponsor Muslim kids, too?" She Asked...

...On a regular basis, we do receive requests for Education Sponsorship and Assistance. And, while some of these young people are referred to us, others, we did meet them on the street etc. At present, there is a request from a widowed woman who wants some support for her two boys...and she has visited us three times, already! to submit some 'evidences'! She wants some support for her two sons. Sadly, one of them couldn't write WAEC exams this year after much preparation because she couldn't afford the fee, moreso, because she's got some outstandings/debt to pay up. She wanted to know if we do sponsor Muslim Kids...Of course, we do... we want to impact more lives regardless of the color, race, religion, background. We just want to do more..

Thumbs up to Friends, Donors, Supporters and everyone who has made our efforts worthwhile...#thankYou~

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Forty Eight Days...

Our mission is to promote Education amongst young people, especially the disadvantaged, making every child to embrace good education as a major leverage that enables us to aspire high in life and to successfully pursue our dreams..

Good Day, Friend,

Trust your week has been good. We wish you a tremendous one filled with good things.. Thank you for being our friend.

It is about 48 days to the close of the year, and we cannot but appreciate you for supporting us thus far.Thank you for your friendship, donations, assistance, mentorship, prayers. Thank you for giving the gift of YOU. Thank you for being there.

2012 has been a very remarkable year for us, especially for the kids we have assisted back to school etc. Basit's mum is ever grateful to YOU - Taiye Faloju, Dolapo Oyefeso, Tolulope Ochonogor, Chike Ikeorah, Julia Pedro, Adesikeoye Abioye, Olumide Oteniya, Don McBurney for your support, really, your support paved way for his enrolment in School. He's catching up pretty fast. Thank you. Also, Immanuel is fully back to School -SSS 1, Special thanks to Dr. Titi A. for paying his bills and willing to sponsor him till SSS 3. Thank you, ma'am. Tomorrow, we are getting him some School furniture.

We, appreciate Akinyemi Olowookere and Tunde Majiyagbe for their donations received in January. it did pay up the examination (WAEC) fees of two girls. It got them back to school.

To Don McBurney of A Ray of Hope, words alone cannot express how much we appreciate you for all you do for the disadvantaged kids. Those educational items/School bags you donate mean so much to the kids, thank you. And, to Oyebisi Babatunde, You are a Class Act! Thank you for your support. Huge appreciation goes to Femi Bolorunde for his unfeigned support and assistance accorded us during the Bag Swap Project. Thank you!

While we did sponsor 17 students to write this year GCExam, we are indebted to Tolulope Ochonogor, Femi Adeshina, Niyi O, Funmi Fadare, Adura So, for their donations. You are absolutely terrific. Thank you!

At present, we have got two ladies who are beneficiaries of FULL scholarship i.e. Post Secondary-Tertiary Sponsorship and they receive monthly stipend of N10,000 each from their Individual Sponsor; Mr. Efosa O.

Thank you so much, Sir for giving back to the community in a unique way. Your monthly mentorship visitation, book donation, sponsorship mean so much to these young women. You are amazing, really and inspiring!

Taiye Faloju, We are more than a member of RSN. You are RSN personified. We appreciate you for all you do. Congrats on the arrival of your baby girl..:) Special thanks to Uzezi Adesite, Toroti U. and Femi Omotayo for the donated books. Thank you, Ma'am Joke Kujenya for ALL you do. We appreciate you for your admonitions, mentorship, volunteerism.

Recently, we paid the bills for some more kids and also paid the sum of N15,000 to assist a UNILAG undergraduate -Bolu Andrews; complete his School fees; huge admiration to Layi Olabode and Sola Balogun for the financial support. We appreciate you. Thanks to Obele Akinninranye and Tolu Ochonogor for supporting a Mentee's Cassava Project. Thank you.

And, to our most recent Sponsor and Partner: United Parcel Service. Thank you for affecting more lives, positively through us. Thank you for your donation. Thank you for putting smile on the faces of the voiceless young people. Your donation has provided basic Educational items for the disadvantaged kids and hope to empower more young people through it. We appreciate YOU and graciously look forward to your continuous assistance. :)

Really, it has been a spendid Three Hundred and Eighteen days. We appreciate EVERYONE and as the year wraps up, we pray your dreams come true and may you be blessed.

Thank You...

Friday, November 9, 2012


Today, we celebrate with one of our Pioneer Mentees and Beneficiary of our 2010 GCE Sponsorship scheme as he's gained to study Physics at the University of Lagos, He resumes next week, Monday. Bravo!

Great weekend, y'all.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The PUNCH Newspapers Published our story, today...:)

NGO seeks support for less-privileged children

She said that despite the various challenges befalling  the education sector, if everyone strived to make a difference in their own little way, it would create a ripple effect.

Taiwo made this call during  the donation of educational items to pupils of Igbogila Primary School, Ipaja, Lagos State, organised by  the United Parcel Services. She added that a large percentage of  the less-privileged children desire to learn but don’t have the necessary materials for school.

“The aim of today’s event is to promote education and motivate young children to take interest in their education. In this school, Igbogila, there are so many orphans. Most of them don’t have school bags and sandals. These gift items we are giving them may be little, but I know it would go a long way in affecting their lives positively.

“I urge private organisations to support schools such as this. If we all make a difference in our own little way, this world will be a better place. Every child has the potential to excel, all they need is encouragement,” she said.

The Head Teacher, Igbogila Primary School, Mrs. Mary Ochiama, said that she was deeply grateful to the NGO for taking interest in her pupils and also urged them to keep up the good work.
She said, “I am so happy.  I really appreciate the NGO for its kind gesture. I’m sure the pupils are so happy. I pray that God will bless them.”

However, Ochiama called on parents not to relent in performing their responsibilities. “Some children come to school without books or food.  During break time, they are so hungry. This is not right.  Some parents believe  government  should provide everything for their children. The government can’t do everything; you as a parent has roles that you must perform which include feeding and clothing your children.”

#thank you for reading...:)