There are many ways that Dr. DaSilva-Ibru works to better the lives of Nigerian women. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from John’s Hopkins University and has levied that education in the service of others through her work with ERAF and at Ideal Eagle Hospital in Lagos. At ERAF, her role as a member of the board allows her to help shape and implement the programs designed to give widows and children a chance at rehabilitation and independence. Empowering programs like the job skills training program and micro-loan program give widows and older teenage girls what they need to generate a sustainable income for their families. At Ideal Eagle, Dr. DaSilva-Ibru works on women’s health issues as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, one of only two full time doctors on the staff. Through her work at the hospital and through ERAF, she has touched a number of different lives and given hope and help to many different women in Nigeria.
The Erelu Adebayo Foundation, or ERAF, is a Nigeria-based NGO that serves to better meet the needs of some of the nation’s most ignored and vulnerable citizens. Working primarily with widows, orphans, vulnerable children, women, and HIV patients, the organization works to offer vital services as well as programs that will help Nigeria’s least privileged citizens to become self-reliant and to put them in a better position to care for themselves and their families.
ERAF is overseen and operated by a five member board consisting of Chairman Erelu Angela Adebayo, Dr. Anita Kemi Dasilva-Ibru, Mrs. Ronke Okusanya, Dr. Olusola Bob Egbe, and Programme Officer Agatha A. Johnpaul. While the programs and services offered by the organization are quite varied, there are six strategic initiatives that they strive to achieve. These initiatives include assisting and rehabilitation widows and surviving family members, housing feeding, and clothing orphans and homeless children, and empowering widows and young girls in order to become more self sufficient and better able to care for their immediate family members. Other primary initiatives include arranging procedures for adopting orphaned children, creating a resource network for humanitarian operations, and organizing training and networking venues for young girls, widows, orphans, and vulnerable children.
Meeting the needs of the underprivileged in a nation with high rates of unemployment and HIV infection is a very difficult task, and the work done by ERAF is funded through both member/philanthropic sponsorship and donations. Project proposals are fully developed before deployment, ensuring a full life cycle from design and implementation to monitoring and progress evaluations. The goals of the Erelu Adebayo foundation are broad, and the result is a set of programs and initiatives that make a big difference in the lives of some of Nigeria’s most often ignored citizens.