ABOUT AART OF LIFE FOUNDATION

INTRODUCTION

The Aart of Life Foundation is a non-for-profit that was established in September 2002 by TaiwoTaiwo. It was registered as a not for profit, on the 30th of September 2002.

From inception women have been actively involved in the project. In addition to the founder, ten members of the board are women. The very active Aart UK chapter, whose aim is to bring the work of the foundation into focus in UK, and to raise funds in the UK for the foundation, is composed of dynamic young women. They organize fund raising events which capture the spirit of the foundation with the aim of encouraging creative thought and limitless aspirations of young people and in particular young women.

Aart an acronym of the name Abioye Aronke Taiwo is inspired by the life of Abioye Aronke Taiwo, Taiwo Taiwo’s much loved 24-year-old daughter who died in a car accident on the notorious Sobo Arobiodu/ Isaac John intersection of the G.R.A Ikeja, Lagos, on the 19th of April 2002.

Inspired by the life of Abioye Aronke Taiwo, its mission is in keeping with the values with which this remarkable young lady lived her short life. It aims ‘To promote and advance the virtues of love, kindness, compassion, charity, beauty, and sensitivity amongst all Nigerians, and especially amongst the young women of Abioye Aronke Taiwo’s generation’.

OUR OBJECTIVES

The overall purpose of the Foundation is to “Promote and advance the virtues of love kindness, compassion, charity, beauty and sensitivity amongst all Nigerians, and especially amongst Abioye's generation.”  Under this broad charter, the objectives of the Foundation are to:

  • Promote individualism amongst young people
  • Establish Grief Counseling and Support Centers in Nigeria.  This includes the training of volunteer counselors.
  • Raise societal consciousness, spirit and sense of responsibility, by encouraging volunteers for communal effort.
  • Encourage soul consciousness, and an appreciation of the meaning and purpose of life.

OUR ACTIVITIES

Towards achieving our aims and objectives, we are involved in a series of events and activities, which include;

Community safety
The community safety project is a long-term concern, focused on raising the awareness of the general public to the inherent dangers on Nigerian roads and upgrading the safety facilities of these. Till date, the foundation has installed a series of speed breakers and traffic lights at major spots in Lagos.

Grief counseling and support
The foundation operates grief/trauma and support centers to offer free and confidential counseling and support services in time of grief/trauma, natural disasters and emergencies.  Those surviving the loss of a child, spouse, sibling or parent and those with terminal diseases.

Youth development
A series of endowments and activities highlight this objective of the foundation, most notable is the annual "look at me now" concert that showcases, supports and applauds those who have survived against all odds.

Over the years, the Aart of life foundation has achieved the following;

  • Installing traffic light at the notorious Sobo Arobiodu / Bank Anthony intersection, within 3 months of its establishing in September 2002. This initiative has proven to be a pivotal catalyst, raising social consciousness, inspiring and motivating public spirited individuals and corporations to support and augment government efforts in providing traffic lights throughout the city of Lagos.
  • Evolved the Aart of Life Foundation 4 steps approach training in bereavement/Trauma counseling support Service, trained and certified over 25 counselors and established the first ever bereavement/ trauma counseling support service centre in Nigeria.
  • Produced eight publications in a series to support those experiencing grief and trauma, and enlighten others on issues relating to bereavement and trauma management.
  • Established, in partnership with the MTN foundation The 0703 Healing Toll Free Line (The first ever in Africa) 3 dedicated Toll Free Lines with trained counselors on other end phone, offering toll free 24 hours Grief/Trauma counseling services.
  • Since the rollout of this programme, thousand of Nigerians and non Nigerians have benefited from this service.
  • Initiated in 2003 the Annual Survivor Against All Odds Awards, which evolve into the innovative Against All Odds Tv Docu Drama culminating in the “Look at Me Now Gala”.
  • In 2003Aart of Life UK held The look At Me Now Gala and Exhibition of contemporary African artist works in the UK.
  • 2 series of this gripping programme have so far been produced and aired in partnership with NTA and other electronic Medias.
  • Created and lovingly maintained The Peaceful Garden on Sobo Arobiodu in GRA Ikeja as a permanent memorial to Abioye Aronke Taiwo and in December 2003 donated it to the Ikeja GRA community for them to enjoy and take ownership. The annual switching on of the Xmas lights at the Peaceful Garden on December 3rd (Bioye’s birthday) is done in memory of Abioye Aronke Taiwo and to signify the beginning of the festive season. ‘The Peaceful Garden’ also captures the ‘Spirit of Aart’, and its mission of ‘promoting and advancing the virtue of love, kindness, compassion, charity, beauty and sensitivity’ amongst all Nigerians, and especially Bioye’s generation.
  • In 2009 the Aart of Life Foundation with support of corporate individuals and organization held a public presentation as well as stage performance of Abioye’s book of Poems “Fear Abides with Me Constantly” poems by talented Nigeria troupe led by Zara Udofia.
  • In April 2009 Abioye Aronke was awarded Posthumous Ambassador Award of Atlantic Hall, Lagos.
  • In 2010 the Aart of Life foundation prompt intervention with the support of EMZOR Pharmaceuticals Ltd, save the life of Mr. Soji Biobaku (34 Years old), who suffered a left sided stroke which left him with some residual Paresis. Was Flown to India for a Double Valve Replacement Cardiac Surgery.  He’s a beneficiary of the 0703 Healing Toll Free Grief/ Trauma Counselling Support Service, made possible by MTN foundation.
  • In 2011 Lagos state ministry of Health invited us alongside other major stakeholders in Mental Health Issues to plan the 2011 Mental Heath Day.
 
 
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