Legal Representation and Education for ALL!
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
"According to a recent survey report by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes, the absence of affordable and accessible legal aid services increases poor peoples sense of social exclusion and powerlessness". There is already an apparent notion of inequality between the rich and the poor in Nigeria. Moreover, you are essentially either well to do or poor in Nigeria, there is barely no middle class. We believe our objectives will be able to implement SDG goal 10. If we are providing legal representation and education to indigent communities, who already feel a disconnect from the rest of Nigerians who have easy access to such services due to their wealth, we believe we will be able to decrease this gap of inequality at least in the legal sense. Through this method, we also believe we can effectively tackle SDG goal 16 by promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all as well as building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at every level.
Sustainability and future plans
Our business encompasses two simple objectives, free legal representation, and free legal education. This can be financially met by funds from donors who support our cause and mission. The funds will go towards mobilization of our attorneys (who will initially work on pro bono status), court expenses, and other litigation costs. Funds will also go towards setting up workshops at grassroots levels (which will include flyers, handouts, interactive workshops, and mobilization of volunteer personnel)
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Stephannie Obioha, I am 25 years old. I am from Nigeria myself, but come from a well to do home. Of course I can always work for my parents, and/or use my educative achievements, B.A in Communications, and a J.D. to make money and be comfortable, however who I am as a person has never been motivated by wealth or materialistic accomplishments, I want to help people, most especially my people. I believe Nigeria is a huge market for anything consumer wise, good or bad. The other side of that argument is that if anything effectuates a massive change in Nigeria, it will ripple out into the whole continent of Africa. Starting this NGO was originally my idea, but I have an awesome team of other passionate individuals who want to support me. Every time I go back home to visit, it breaks my heart to see so much poverty, and oppression. I honestly cannot fathom how my people have become so desensitized to such heartbreaking imagery/facts. I want to open our eyes back into caring for each other, and fight the system of corruption, most especially in the justice system, which I believe can ultimately change the way, we as Nigerians define "accountability".