The work of the Erelu Adebayo Foundation is focused on providing rehabilitation and aid to the most vulnerable of Nigeria’s women and children. The foundation focuses its efforts in the areas of the highest unemployment and rates of HIV infection so as to serve the neediest population. There are a number of widows and Children-led households in a desperate situation in these areas and the foundation, otherwise known as ERAF, has programs in place to help those in need. ERAF was founded in 2001 by the wife of the former governor of Ekiti State, Erelu Angela Adebayo, who continues to oversee the operations of her foundation in the role of Chairman. Together, she and the board of directors have strived to bring aid to whoever they can in this underserved and underprivileged area of Nigeria.
There are a number of programs run and sponsored by ERAF that bring aid to the needy and vulnerable. The foundation provides hospice care for parents in the final stages of HIV, bringing them food and comfort care until the end. They also provide therapeutic food to children who are suffering from wasting or malnutrition so that their mothers can participate in the skills training program that will allow them to provide for the needs of their children in the future. There is a scholarship program in place to give recipient children everything that they need to attend school, including uniforms and school supplies. These are just a few of the many programs run by ERAF designed specifically to aid the most vulnerable of children and widows of the area.
ERAF is a non-profit funded entirely by donation and the philanthropic sponsorship of the five member board. The board consists of: Erelu Angela Adebayo, Founder and Chairman; Anita Kemi Dasilva-Ibru, who holds a Master’s degree from John Hopkins University; Dr. Olusola Bob-Egbe, Medical Director of Faratori Eye Center; Mrs. Ronke Okusanya, an Executive Chairman of BSES; and Agatha A. JohnPaul, who serves as the Programme Officer for ERAF. Together these five remarkable women have created an organization that is sure to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of Nigerian women and children.