Mission and Goals
The goals for the Ihonvbere Foundation are to:
- Substantially improve usability, manageability, and scalability of community resources.
- Expand accessibility to support education, the building of strong ethics and the entrepreneurial spirit.
- Extend the integration of external applications and resources through collaboration with agencies such as UNECA, UNICEF, AU and local charity organizations.
- Enhance the content development, delivery and presentation capabilities of educational materials to support accessibility standards and content delivery.
- Achieve a more sustainable and flexible framework for educational component and extension developers.
- Enhance the development of civil society and the promotion of sustainable development goals..
The Foundation believes its grant making is most effective when focused upon a relatively few areas of work, combined with sufficient resources over a long enough period of time to make a measurable difference. The Foundation hopes to make grants and loans through the following programs:
Academic Scholarship Program
The Ihonvbere Scholarship Program awards unrestricted scholarships to individuals across all ages and fields who show exceptional merit and promise of continued creative work. It is limited to Edo State citizens and other residents of Nigeria.
Global Security and Sustainability
The Program on Global Security and Sustainability focuses on international issues, including human rights and international justice, peace and security, conservation and sustainable development, higher education, migration, and population and reproductive health.
Human and Community Development
The Program on Human and Community Development addresses issues in Nigeria that include community and economic development; housing, with a focus on the preservation of affordable rental housing; juvenile justice reform; and education, with an emerging interest in how digital media impact learning.
The General Program supports public interest media, including public radio, television, and the production of independent documentary film. Grants are also made to arts and cultural institutions in Edo state, Nigeria and for special initiatives, currently including intellectual property rights in a digital environment.