Making African children Realise Their Hopes and Aspirations

M.A.R.T.H.A.

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When will our people suffer no more?

Martha Okoro, on her last days before the illness took her away.

M.A.R.T.H.A.'s Story

And our future 

Martha Okoro

Martha Okoro (1930-2012). Martha's whole life revolved around the helping of all people within her community, regardless of her own situation. Widowed very young it was always a dream of hers to build a school for children who would never get the opportunity of realising their hopes and dreams through an educational route. Martha passed away in October 2012, never realising her dream due to her illness. It is now, through the forming of M.A.R.T.H.A. that we are taking on this challenge to help realise her lifelong wish and build a school for children who, without help, will never have hope of raising their families out of poverty and to realise their true hopes and aspirations. 

2013: The dream begins

In February 2013, less than one year after Martha passed away, her daughter Mercy and her husband Micheal funded  M.A.R.T.H.A.'s dream, taking on Martha's lifelong dream. The charity was born with the intention to  build a school that will have a massive, positive impact on the children and families belonging to   the community that Martha so passionately was willing to change.  

2013: The first fundraising event

Held for the first time in Morecambe, North West England, thanks to the strong will of Mercy and Mike who, with their own resources, appealed to the local community for help and generosity and found a resonant response. The generosity of the first beneficiaries gave great hope in the goodness of people and faith to continue their operate. 

2013: WHRIN Comunity Champion Award 

In 2013 it came as amazing surprise at the opening of Gary Foxcroft's organisation WHRIN ( Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network ) in London. MARTHA's dream was awarded the Community Champions Award 2013. We are extremely thankful to Gary for his support. The charity was awarded the prize for the work done to give free education to children abandoned b their families for accusation of witchcraft. 

February 2017: Martha's Academy 

What seemed only a dream became real: Martha's Academy, opened its doors on march 2017, welcoming 40 children divided between Nursery Class 2 and 3 and Primary School Class 1 and 2. These children, belonging to the local community wouldn't have had the opportunity to receive free education otherwise and start their path towards a more lucky future. 

July 2017: The first nursery graduation

On the 27th of July the first Graduation Ceremony was held at Martha's academy, to celebrate the passage of our children from Nursery 3 to Primary 1. The event saw our kids celebrating, dancing, singing and acting in sketches to entertain the audience, bringing great joy to the community of Ekonobizi and to our hearts. All the children from every year successfully passed their tests with remarking results. 

The future: Academy 2020

So much has been achieved in such a short time but there is still a long way to go to be done before the dream can be considered completed.
Our Academy 2020 projects aims to build, by September 2020, a secondary and primary school part of Martha's Academy. This school will be based in our very own building, to give completely free secondary education to young adults. This project will run in parallel with the ordinary academic activities of Martha's Academy, where more pupils will be admitted to the Nursery and entry-level primary school. We aim to increase the intake as much as possible.