10th December, 2010
Freedom Foundation, a non-profit organisation that caters for the destitute inÂ Nigeria, will hold its annual fund raising tomorrow at the Dome, This Present House,Â in Lekki, Lagos, South-West Nigeria.
The Executive-Director of the foundation, Mrs. Tenidola Awoyemi, disclosed at aÂ press conference in Lagos yesterday that about 500 guests are expected at the event.
The fund raising, Awoyemi said, will take place during a concert of classical,Â contemporary and African music.
The artistes billed to perform at the concert include Soji Israel, Tim Godfrey,Â Jeremiah Gyang, Ige Rooftop Mcâ€™s, Funmi Bucknor and Madele.
Awoyemi said that the money is being raised for House of Refuge and Genesis House,Â two arms of Freedom Foundation.
She said that while House of Refuse is a Lekki-based residential rehabilitationÂ centre for drug addicts, Genesis House is a residential rehabilitation centre forÂ young women in the sex trade. The centre is located in Surulere.
The Programme director of House of Refuge, Dr. Osasuyi Dirisu, disclosed that soÂ far, 62 drug addicts have been rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society.Â About 45 sex workers have also been rescued, Mrs. Helen Nwabuokwu, programmeÂ director, Genesis House, said.
Freedom Foundation was established in 2001 to provide education for orphans andÂ vulnerable children, rehabilitation services and education for drug users and sexÂ workers. The foundation also provides skills acquisition and business supportÂ services for unemployed youth.