There is so much pain and many adverse circumstances in the lives of millions in the world today. The ARO Foundation is most assuredly not a dramatization of corporate social responsibility or a lavish expression of affluence but a persistent conscious and deliberate effort to demand and effect positive changes in the lives of those destitute. I am from a family that immeasurably believes in the importance of charity in the sense of caring and providing for the less privileged amongst us. From an early age, I vividly remember the confrontational feelings that I experienced when I embarked on occasional masalachi trips to areas inhabited by some of the poorest and less fortunate members of society, in my first home, Jos — I was subdued by a rush of great excitement emanating from the happiness on the friendly faces as they received the clothes, support, etc.; however, the feeling of great sadness that lurked in the awareness that they were inequitably and unfairly in those melancholy and adverse conditions was overwhelming. It was at moments such as these that my resolution to contribute to society and alleviate poverty at every chance was reinforced. In time, the Rochas Foundation, which was started by my father, providing free primary, secondary and tertiary education to thousands of less privileged and orphaned African children through her colleges and in the university, established a fact for myself —when those less fortunate or impoverished are allowed and granted skills and opportunities, the skies become the starting mark, allowing them to soar above and in spite of their social impediments. It is through this notion that the ARO Foundation demands its existence in the world.
The ARO Foundation currently consists of four arms, each peculiar in its goals: The ARO Emergency Education Program (ARO EEP), The ARO Peace Campaign Initiative (ARO PCI), The ARO Female Entrepreneur Program (ARO FEP) and The ARO One Home One World (ARO OHOW). The foundation and its aforementioned programs are currently funded by the ARO Group.
The ARO EEP serves to reach children in distraught regions whose education has been impeded as a result of disasters, wars, etc. Educational and relief staff/volunteers are assembled and dispatched to the affected region. It is our belief that no child’s education is worth being put on hold for whatever reason, since it follows that their life is also somehow paused and opportunities missed. I have personally benefited from the vast abundance of endowments education has accorded me, without which, I cannot possibly envision my evolutionary journey thus far. Education liberates and has become the great equalizer of life, making the ARO EEP acutely critical. It is an important part of this program, allowing us to provide many children with the magnificent opportunities present in the Technology Industry. The ARO FEP was created to provide a platform for those commonly overlooked in most parts of the world — the female populace. In this arm, multiple programs aim at providing disenfranchised women with the means to acquire financial sustainability and the capacity to contribute to the development of their immediate society. Beyond the skills acquisition and business education, the initial capital and investments are provided to enable authentic, palpable and unbridled progress materialize.
In light of the increasing tensions and confrontations amongst various groups, races and nationalities, which appear to be embedded in the DNA of the world, the ARO PCI aims to expose the similarities that connect us all through education and seminars and also build bridges through resolutions and peace-unity rallies. The ARO OHOW also seeks to make a hopefully persuasive argument — we who live in the world are all members of the largest home we know, each a relative of the other, in the greatest and most grandiose family tree the world will ever know. ARO OHOW is fundamentally and ultimately a platform that allows people in every society to connect with those who are disenfranchised or have been afflicted with unfortunate occurrences, making donations of food, clothing and other support. We believe that there is great charity in the hearts of men, and we aim to connect people directly to those who are in immediate need of their assistance and consideration.
It is my sincere hope that the ARO Foundation reaches the millions around the world who are candidly in need of its provisions. At the ARO Foundation, we work to ensure that child education is guaranteed, disenfranchised women are empowered and that peace, kindness and love are disseminated around the world. If we all start with a little kindness, then the world, our home, will be much better for it.