MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Welcome to another edition of the OEF Good Report. We are created to make a difference in our generation and like I have always said, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Years ago in the United States, a Professor at John Hopkins gave a group of graduate students this assignment: Go to the slums, take 200 boys between the ages of 12 and 16 and investigate their background and environment, then predicts their chances for the future. The students, after consulting social statistics, talking to the boys, and compiling much data, concluded that 90 percent of the boys would spend time in jail. Twenty five years later, another group of graduate students was given the job of testing the prediction. They went back to the same area. Some of the boys – by then men – were still there; a few had died; some have moved away, but they got in touch with 180 of the original 200. They found that only four of them had ever been sent to jail. Why was it that these men, who had lived in a breeding place of crime had such a surprisingly good record? The researchers were continually told: “Well, there was a teacher…”
They pressed further and discovered that in 75% of the cases, it was the same woman. The researchers went to this teacher, now living in a home for retired teachers. How had she exerted this remarkable influence over that group of children? Could she give them any reason why these boys should have remembered her?
“No”, she said, “No, I really couldn’t”. And then, thinking back over the years, she said musingly, more to herself than to her questioners, I loved those boys.”
This teacher made a difference in the life of those kids and changed the course of their destiny.
Olumide Emmanuel Foundation (OEF) is on the journey of making a difference and it is our mission to be an instrument in the hand of the creator to assist the world in poverty eradication and establish a positive legacy for others to follow.
As we celebrate our second year anniversary and move into our third year, we are calling you to join us and make a difference.
- The hungry are waiting
- The naked are waiting
- The homeless are waiting
- The sick are waiting
- The uneducated are waiting
- The poor are waiting
Will you heed their call, hear their cry and give them hope?
Yours for POVERTY eradication,