Who are we?
Cares Global Network (publisher of Willows Magazine for young people) is a media, advocacy, development and education organisations that is focused on educating, informing, entertaining and inspiring minds. We believe in sharing cares and inspiring excellence.
What do we do?
Cares Global Network has been working with young people since 1997. Upon registering the organisation in 2001, we expanded our scope to include 12 programmes/projects carried out annually. For better efficiency we recently narrowed down to 4 major areas under which we have continued to share cares and inspire excellence.
Cares Leadership Academy for Youth (CLAY)
Through CLAY, we carry out the following projects:
- MADE – Mentoring of young people, advocacy for child rights, development of young people and education of stakeholders.
- Inspire to Excel – This is a Children Career Conference carried out from state to state. Plan is underway to extend this to the USA following our registration with 501c status.
- Cares Club – Schools that sign up set up a Cares Reading, Writing, Media or Bible Club and benefit from the vacation contests and/or or camps that is tailored to train members.
- TTRIPPS – This is a project-based practicum for youths who sign up to participate in MADE and are interested in social development. The training in television, radio, internet, print, photography and speaking is organised by our mentees under the guidance of the project director. Members of Cares Club and selected schools benefit from this initiative
Student Educational Tour (SET)
This is an educational and cultural exchange programme for students who have demonstrated leadership qualities. They would have the privilege of sharing and learning within and outside Nigeria under the supervision of like-minded adults. From 2009 to date, we have coordinated participants to attend summits and conferences within and outside Nigeria. This include the World Summit on Media for Children in Sweden and Youth Assembly at the UN in the USA
Ibiyemi Fund for Empowerment (formerly ACE 4.0 Project)
What better way to share cares, inspire excellence and show love than to raise and give gifts to those who need them most! This includes ACE Cash Awards to indigent students. ACET (ACE Training) Award to small scale companies, ACES (ACE Support) Award to charities. And ACE HOG (Heart Of Gold) Award to “secret” philanthropists.
As a way to bless the Christian Community, we work with churches to host 4 programmes namely:
- Divine Connection – Breakfast meetings for and about singles
- Harvest Of Marriages Empowerment Summit (HOMES) – An annual event to counsel, educate and inspire mature singles
- Graceful Women Conference – Women from all fields come to inspire one another about fostering a joyful home. The conference is a beehive of informational activities
- Daughters of Zion Prayer Channel – A channel through which we intercede for others who are hurting and require a miracle
Our organisation is funded by the board, donations from friends and proceeds from the PD’s speaking engagements and resources from our publishing projects – CGN Books. Presently we publish Willows Magazine, Divine Connection Newsletter, Grandview Watch and other client driven projects.
To support what we do, consider sending your donation or ordering copies of our books and magazines. We need you to join us as we share cares, inspire excellence and continue to touch those in our area of influence.
For a report on projects and programmes carried out in 2013, please see CGN Report on www.caresglobal.wordpress.com
Through our 12 projects organised out annually previously, we carried out a number of projects which include but not limited to the following:
- Willows Online – an online hub for Willows Magazine
- Willows Bible School
- Willows Vacation School (skill training, health workshop and behaviour coaching)
- Care Visit which saw young people visiting Old People’s Home, Children’s Hospital, Home for the Physically Challenged etc.
- Student Educational Tour (SET) – Places we visited include Daily Need Industries, Minaj Television, Lagos Television, Murhi International Television, Tantalizers, Museum of African Arts (US) and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial (US)
- Talk Shows – Children’s Day (2004), Teen’s Day (2005, 2009) in Nigeria and the United States. This have grown to become Children Conferences in commemoration of Children’s Day and the Day of the African Child.
- Hair Art Theatre is a project which is focused on celebrating Africa at home and abroad. The maiden edition was done in 2008 in Athens, OH. It was aimed at promoting the Nigerian culture of hair braiding and headgear tying. It was indeed a great event that saw young people learning the art of hair making and head decorating. Supporters of the project include the Center for African Studies and the Women Center both of Ohio University, Athens, USA. We look forward to collaborating with other credible institutions or corporations to organise the next edition of HAT in Nigeria.
- Willows Media Conference – We taught children media skills
We collaborate with local and international organisations, churches, NGO’s and corporate organisations. Our partners in Nigeria include Daily Need Industries, RCCG Throne of Grace, UNICEF, Tantalizers, Human Development Initiatives, Action Health Incorporated, Global Network for Community Development, Development Communications Network. Our foreign partners are, Wings of the Dawn, RCCG Jesus Palace, SHOUT Global health
Our Project Director
Omolola Omoteso Famuyiwa leads a team of staff and volunteers to keep Cares Global alive. She obtained her masters degrees in International Affairs (Communication & Development) and Education (Cultural Affairs) from the Ohio University, USA. Omolola who has had the opportunity of working with children in and outside Nigeria also holds certificate in presentation, curriculum planning and entrepreneurship. She volunteers with not-for profit organisations one of which is Good Works Inc.; her participation in local and international workshops have been sponsored by different organisations including UNICEF.