Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle began their romantic journey, they have united around a common purpose of philanthropy and humanitarian work. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have consistently championed various charitable initiatives through collaborations with numerous global organizations. Their most recent endeavor, as revealed by their own foundation, The Archewell Foundation, continues to exemplify their dedication.
On the Archewell Foundation's website, a statement was posted, announcing their support for the education and well-being of young students in Nigeria as they returned to school this month. The foundation partnered with The GEANCO Foundation in this noble cause. The statement emphasized, “As students worldwide resumed their studies, The Archewell Foundation assisted in providing school supplies and menstrual products to young scholars in Nigeria.”
It further elucidated the significance of GEANCO's work in Nigeria, highlighting their provision of essential healthcare and education services. Additionally, the David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship offered by GEANCO was mentioned, which covers full tuition, medical care, and provides social and emotional support to young female victims of terrorism and gender inequality in Nigeria.
To lend a hand in this endeavor, Afam Onyema, CEO of GEANCO, joined the staff at Archewell to help prepare backpacks with necessary supplies and menstrual products.
The statement concluded by mentioning that AWF's assistance would include providing menstrual health education to 2,500 girls in the area where GEANCO operates. This support aims to enhance the health and overall well-being of girls who are actively engaged in their educational pursuits.
In addition to this announcement, the update included a series of photographs depicting girls in Nigeria as they received their new backpacks. These backpacks, sourced from Shay Mitchell's renowned Béis collection, were thoughtfully filled with various back-to-school essentials such as friendship bracelets, pencil pouches, water bottles, and other goodies.
According to their website, The GEANCO Foundation was established in the year 2005 by Dr. Godwin Onyema and his family. The foundation derives its name from the initials of each member of the Onyema family, which are Godwin, Ebele, Afam, Nche, Nma (Mom), and Chukwugozie Onyema.
On their homepage, they declare: “We coordinate special medical missions and administer a program associated with the Clinton Global Initiative, aimed at combating anemia and ensuring the safe delivery of healthy babies for disadvantaged pregnant women in Nigeria.”
Additionally, we extend our support to schools in the country by donating computers, books, medicine, and facilitating the development of sports fields. Furthermore, through our David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls, we offer comprehensive assistance, including full tuition, medical care, and professional psychological support, to young female victims of terrorism and gender inequality in Nigeria.
According to Vanity Fair, Meghan and Harry, through Archewell, have previously collaborated with Global Citizen to supply millions of COVID-19 vaccines and have actively contributed to the resettlement of 174,497 refugees through their involvement with Operations Allies Welcome. They have also partnered with José Andrés' organization, World Central Kitchen, among other initiatives. Notably, both Meghan and Harry have established meaningful connections with various African countries through their philanthropic endeavors and personal travels, with Harry describing the continent as a “second home” to him.