From the Founder
By Okey Anyanwu, BIZAA Founder and President
We would like to thank the Friends of BIZAA for their immense support. We are grateful to all sponsors who have renewed their commitment and to those who have just signed up to sponsor some of the 2016 rescued victims of child trafficking and child labor. Our unpaid local and international volunteers have remained the propellers of this great cause either as Board members, subcommittee members or as a team member of our Nigerian chapter. On behalf of the victims of child trafficking and child labor under our care, may I thank you all!
So far, BIZAA has identified and rescued more than 117 child laborers and trafficked victims through our annual missions to Imo State, Nigeria. We’re hoping to make an impact on every little town in Southeastern and the Deep South zones of Nigeria by 2017. We have also been able to enroll these identified victims in private, faith-based primary and secondary schools in Imo State. We are in the process of acquiring land for the construction of an international Polytechnic. This Polytechnic (technical school) will facilitate a full implementation of our mission of availing our rescued children and other interested young adults with employable technical skills.
In the meantime, we have decided to start with a rented building for our vocational/technical school while continuing land acquisition and construction of the main proposed Polytechnic campus. A few of our sponsored children have already graduated from secondary schools, and a few more will be graduating next year. Classes in the technical school rental facility started January 2016.
The technical school is located in Omuma in Oru-East of Imo State about 20 minutes drive north from Owerri. We have started with computer basics for all the vocational trades and will expand with time.
We are in need of your continued support to bring these opportunities to reality. If you feel called to help us move these children from the streets to classrooms please contact me to learn how you can help.
Meet Okey Anyanwu, Founder and President of BIZAA. Listen to his story about what it was like growing up in Nigeria, Africa and how watching children forced to work on the streets instead of going to school altered the course of his life.
You’ll also meet several of our sponsors that share their heart-warming and inspiring stories on how sponsoring has made a positive impact on the lives of their sponsored children and also on their lives as well.