The mission of ERAF, otherwise known as the Erelu Adebayo Foundation, is to provide for the rehabilitation and aid of the most vulnerable of Nigeria’s women and children. While there are a number of programs designed to help widows and older teenagers attain the skills they need to provide for their families, the organization also runs a number of programs aimed specifically at children. ERAF was founded by Erelu Angela Adebayo, the wife of the former governor of Ekiti State, and is run as a non-profit non-governmental organization. Founded in 2001, it has been highly successful at implanting its many programs targeting widows, orphans, and vulnerable children in areas of high unemployment and HIV rates.
The ERAF Children’s Home is an orphanage that gives a loving and comforting home environment to orphaned and vulnerable children. The Children’s Home is designed to be a home of the highest caliber for these children who have nothing else in the world. They also partner with a number of different agencies to find loving and stable families for as many of the children as they can. This home is just one of the many achievements of the Erelu Adebayo Foundation, and one dedicated solely to meeting the needs of vulnerable children. With a good home and the prospect of adoption, many of these children find a much better life than they would have known on the streets.
These programs, including the Children’s Home, are overseen and funded by the sponsorship of the five-member board. The board consists of: Erelu Angela Adebayo; Chairman and Founder; Dr. Kemi Ibru, a practicing doctor at Ideal Eagle Hospital; Dr. Olusola Bob-Egbe, Medical Director of Faratori Eye Center; Mrs. Ronke Okusanya, Executive Chairman of BSES; and Agatha A. JohnPaul, Programme Officer for ERAF. Together these five prestigious women have changed the lives of hundreds of children in Nigeria.