When I look back on my childhood, I am filled with a sense of family and community working together towards a common good. The values based on Faith, family, history and protection of principles that bring change and growth through education are deeply rooted in my heart. My siblings and I were raised by parents who were professional teachers and farmers.

Thus we were introduced to discipline right from an early age. We were nurtured into a family of a profound spiritual faith and a deep belief that education was the gateway to opportunities. We therefore recognize the importance of family, hard work, and education as basic foundation to improvement.

Yet, one of the utmost values my father and mother imparted in my heart is the virtue of giving. My parents taught in us the understanding that, giving is not necessarily based on surplus resources available at one’s disposal. However, giving is based on one’s heart, what you have at hand, your time, your talent, materials and any other resource, to make a difference in someone else’s life.

It is in this spirit of giving that my parents gave generously to educate not only their own children, but so many other children from the extended family, including those from their neighborhood. Their contribution made a difference in the lives of these individuals who received their unconditional generosity.

To honor our parents’ vision for education, my siblings and I have established William and Dinah Oigara Community Foundation (OCF). The Foundation, aims to nurture young talent through supporting education for children in the local community.

We have launched an Annual Academic Award project in Tindereti primary to support achievers pursue high school. Towards this, the foundation is equipping the school library with books and materials to encourage a reading culture. The foundation has also initiated a collaboration project, between Canisius college in the US and Tindereti primary. This collaboration will support on-site training visits, reading books and sports equipment The school is a key reference point to the family.

I hope that as you read more about the Oigara community foundation (OCF) you will be inspired to reach out and nurture a child’s talent to make a difference. I believe that this will motivate you to partner with us through service, donating, and share information to support our efforts.

I look forward to communicating, and working with you as we desire to make a positive impact in the community.

“Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.” ~Wilfred Grenfell

Joyce Oigara, Founder and Director, William and Dinah Oigara Community Foundation (OCF)