The mission of IBARI is to foster empowerment and socially responsible citizenship among Nigerian children and youth through unique and innovative programming on civic and human rights education, entrepreneurial and financial enlightenment and community service learning.
IBARI was founded by businesswoman and college professor, Dr. Akunna Winston, with a mission to give children in the remote villages of Africa the opportunity for better lives. Our commitment is to create strategic alliances and partnerships to help obtain the resources needed to assist underprivileged children and families in Africa. The focus is to engage in self sustaining projects and programs that will enhance the quality of life for the most vulnerable of these children.
Their three focus areas listed below seek to address both immediate and future needs. They are:
- Poverty alleviation
Presently, IBARI has 50 high school students in our scholarship program and also promote HIV/AIDS awareness in these villages by working in collaboration with the community leaders, using free medical outreaches. All the students are from one remote village in the Southeast of Nigeria (Azaraegbelu, Emekuku in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria). Our model is “Changing lives – one child at a time, one village at a time and one country at a time. Their hope is to achieve this through partnering with kind hearted individuals together with corporate and charitable organizations.
In most third world countries, education is the only ticket out of poverty for these children. Most children would do anything to attend school. Unfortunately, with no level of free education, this desire becomes a rare and expensive privilege. Most parents would send their young and tender children to cities far from their village homes to live with relatives who can afford to pay their way through school. That indeed is a great sacrifice on both the child and the parents. Providing education opportunity for these children is a gift that keeps giving because of the extended family system in Africa. (When you are helped, you help others) Helping one child will help many generations to come.
In the United States we partner with World Vision and have several community outreach events annually serving families in the Renton, Kent, Auburn and Federal Way communities. At these events we provide essential items ranging from food, clothing, shoes, back to school supplies, hygiene products Christmas gifts etc. to children and families who need them.
7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111
IBARI partners with the following organizations:
- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Johnson & Johnson
- The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows
- Goldman Sachs
Dr. Akunna Winston is currently an Associate Professor of Business at San Diego Mesa College, and an International Business Consultant.
Her decades of work experience in corporate business management give her the comprehension and foresight to advise organizations on sustainability in international business ventures.
Her Programs and Research interests include: Effects of culture on consumer behavior, Products placement, Technology in schools, Repairs and Construction of schools in rural Africa.