In honour of the 40th birthday of late ibidunni ighodalo, the wife of popular preacher, Pastor ituah ighodalo, who died from cardiac arrest in the early hours of sunday morning , 14th of June 2020 in Port Harcourt, the Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation (IIF) announced the commencement of its 40at40 initiative of granting 40 couples in dire need of reproductive interventions a once in a lifetime opportunity to become parents.
Speaking at the event, which held on Friday at Awolowo road Ikoyi, Chairman of the Foundation, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo disclosed that the desire of the Founder before her death last month was to celebrate her 40th birthday which would have come up today by granting 40 couples who have no financial means of fertility treatment the opportunity to have one.
However to achieve this feat, the Chairman said the Foundation needs about N150m. “Already we have been able to raise close to 40% of the needed amount through various individuals. Nigerians can be very generous when you have a good cause and appeal to them in the right way”.
“We understand the emotional, psychological and financial strain that comes with pursuing fertility treatments and having gone through that pain herself, Ibidunni in her lifetime made it her life’s work to help desiring but struggling parents; we are committed to Ibidunni’s vision to give joy and keep hope alive” said Pastor Ighodalo.
“To achieve this feat, we can not do it alone therefore we are appealing to well meaning Nigerians, organizations to help us accomplish this feat and make it an annual event by generousing donating to this Foundation”,
Speaking, the Executive Secretary of the Foundation, Mrs. Adedayo Richard said the Foundation which actually started in 2016 though not formally launched then, assisted its first set of 12 couples with fertility treatment, recording 40% success.
“However, since then 13 children have been delivered by couples the Foundation assisted. More over the Foundation has also encouraged and assisted couples to adopt children”said Mrs. Richard.
Explaining some of the criteria to be met by the 40 couples to qualify them to participate in this current fertility programme, Mrs. Richard said “They must have been legally married for a period of five years, must show evidence of livelihood, must apply through the Foundation website and support the application with proper identification and the woman should not be more than 50years”.
The Executive Secretary of the foundation assured that the annual activities the foundation was known for will continue, – The flagship IVF annual grants, the Mothers in waiting conference, the babies day out, hospital visits amongst many others. IIF, also known for their advocacy against stigmatization will continue their active sensitization programs.