Founder of Rochas Foundation
His Excellency, Anayo Rochas Okorocha is the light bearer for Rochas foundation, founded on 24th February1998. He is a Nigerian entrepreneur and philanthropist with a vision to make education free and accessible to every less privileged African child, regardless of class, tribe, religion, culture or social status. He has a dream to build the first foundation tree growing out of Africa, providing educational shelter for the under privileged all over the world.
The foundation is, for him, a covenant with his creator to give educational aids to the hopeless. It offers free tuition, books, wears, feeding, medical care, boarding facilities and so on for the students and pupils presently numbering 6,800 and a record of about 5,200 graduates. The Foundation is solely funded by Rochas group of companies and has to its portfolio 12 schools across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria, including a primary school and an Africa-focused Rochas Foundation College of Africa in Owerri, Imo State.
Rochas Foundation colleges operate with the Nigerian basic school curriculum with records of high academic performance over the years. Over 12 subjects of choice are taught at the colleges, which are further enriched with non-academic skills development in sports, music, communication, sewing, arts and crafts, among others.
Exceptionally brilliant students are sent to the United States annually on an exchange programme as a means of encouraging hard work and diligence among staff and students. It encompasses a broad based education, employing international best practices and tools to meet the needs of the modern world.
The colleges admit smart, brilliant and talented but less privileged orphans and indigent children whose parents cannot afford to send them to school due to financial constraints. Rochas Foundation speaks loudly of its passion in offering the children exciting, stimulating and rich curriculum, based on real reasons for learning. It is driven by a conviction that ‘every child counts’ and therefore should have an opportunity to develop the academic, creative, social and moral skills needed to secure and fulfill a great future for self and for society.
The schools are designed to offer a unique experience of living and learning in exciting environments dedicated to the highest level of academic achievement and personal development. Boarding houses are designed to give students comfortable personal space and facilities for studies outside of the classrooms.
Experienced staff are duty bound to look after the students based on clear boarding policy guidelines. Each boarding house has a house parent, a tutor, a matron and a patron all resident. Sound staff-student relationships are fostered and students’ privacy respected.
The colleges have stringent guidelines on discipline with sanctions that counter bullying and enforce sound morals and proper behaviour among students. The provision of healthy, balanced and nutritious diets with choices is a standard for Rochas Foundation colleges. The schools offer an environment for religious tolerance, equal opportunity and respect for others and their views. It enhances understanding of rights and responsibilities that ensure communal peace and harmony. The diversity of cultures and even nationalities provides a good opportunity to learn from others.
In 2015, Rochas Foundation College of Africa (ROFOCA) was founded with Miss Ucy Rochas as the Director General of the school. The school is on a mission to provide free, comprehensive and qualitative education to under privileged children across Africa while promoting unity in diversity. It caters for over 150 students from 17 African countries with teachers drawn from different parts of the continent. Each year five children are selected from each African country to ROFOCA where they provide a broad based education using international best practices and tools to meet the needs of the global world. Bimonthly, reputable individuals, Presidents, Head of states, brands, ambassadors, C.E.Os among others visit the school to speak, inspire and motivate the student about their future goals.
The operation of Rochas foundation outside the educational sector is undertaken through subsidiary foundations. These include; Women of Divine Destiny Initiative (WODDI), founded by the Vice President of Rochas Foundation, Her Excellency, Nnneoma Rochas Okorocha. WODDI is non-profit organization that is committed to delivering results-oriented, high impact programmes poised towards creating equal opportunities for the under privileged in the society, with a major emphasis on women, orphans and vulnerable children. WODDI has carried out many programmes under different thematic areas: Nneoma Fit 4 Life, WODDI Wellness and Diagnostics Centre, Leadership Forum, Girl Child Initiative, Nneoma Kitchen and She Needs A Roof Project (SNARP) which focuses on providing shelter for widows, orphans and the homeless in apparently abandoned communities. Up to 305 homes have been built for this purpose, according to its records.
Elfeeda Foundation is a non- profit organization founded by Mrs Uloma Rochas Nwosu. It is aimed at providing a stabilizing base for homeless women and children to rebuild their lives as they transition back into the society. The foundation has currently helped 2,134 people so far; provided food for 794 people and trained 42 people through its skill acquisition programme. They believe that every human being deserves access to the basic needs of life, i.e food, clothing and shelter.
ARO Foundation is a non- governmental, non- profit organization that was founded by Aham Rochas Okorocha with the goals of keeping children off the streets and in an educational environment, providing women, especially those marginalized with equal opportunities, reducing conflicts significantly, while reaching out to people in need of food, medical aid and other material things. ARO foundation is passionate about transforming the lives of children through education, empowering women through entrepreneurship, and bringing peace and unity to the world by inspiring people to promote peaceful and positive society values while being our brother’s keeper. The foundation currently consists of four arms: The ARO Emergency Education Programme (AROEEP), The ARO Peace Campaign Initiative (AROPCI), The ARO Female Entrepreneur Programme (AFOFEP) and the ARO One Home One World (ARODHOW).
Juremi Foundation was founded with a mission to foster opportunities, reduce inequality and promote social inclusion. They urge individuals especially the physically challenged to fulfill their actual capacities all through their regular day to day existence; not allowing their physical, societal or financial status obstruct their advancement. Juremi foundation was founded in 2018 by Mr. Amen Rochas, an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist who is passionate about the status of most people living with disability in Africa. Their commitment is to improve the lives of people with disability founded in our values, including our attachment to freedom, equality and the inclusion of all individuals in the society. These values have to be converted into tangible actions, to enable every person to live an independent life, and to ensure that our general public enables everyone. they have the Juremi Ability in Disability Program (J-Aids), Juremi Probono Service Program (JPS) and Juremi Empowerment Program (J-Power).
Rochas Foundation stands out as a force to heal the African continent of poverty by taking millions of African children from the streets to the classroom. It is offering education as the best gift to the African child and an escape route from poverty. Through the educational programmes of the foundation, help is on the way for Africa’s under privileged and vulnerable children. To this effect a campaign called Rochas Foundation Educational Aid Development project (READ) has been created to establish global partnerships to raise awareness and support advocacy for access to a quality education for youth throughout Africa and inspire a love for livelong service to their communities through volunteerism. Two outreaches have been conducted successfully in Wassa IDP camp in Abuja and Benue State IDP camp in 2018. The grand launch of this campaign is set to occur before the end of the first half of 2019.
There is an opportunity to rescue the delinquent as well as the abused through access to free, qualitative education, shelter, food, clothing and counseling. The school curriculum is structured on the basis of individual guidance for all students. Free provision of everything a student needs creates an environment for every child to develop his full potentials and nurture a life-long love for learning. It is an opportunity designed to encourage independent thinking, ensure self-esteem and prepare every child to make a mark in the world.