The various rules by Nigerian Government has continued to affect some business registration in the country and when it comes to the area of Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs), the laws guiding the registration is very strict and broad. This is to ensure that the said NGOs have set out rules and guidelines with a good mission and vision. One of such NGOs that have been able to pull through the past few years, is Clare Cares Foundation, which is being managed by Clare Ezeakacha as she has been able to put smiles on the faces of many with little funds and support.
In a recent interview with brandafriq.com, Clare shared her journey so far as she goes on to educate many on things to look out or while seeking support.
Read Excerpts below;
As the CEO of Clare Cares Foundation, how has it been managing the NGO and focusing on production?
It’s been an amazing journey, joggling both. The foundation has a structure which enables great work flow and easy to manage. The film production is one that allows me to be creative and expressive behind the camera. I am not sure how, but I know I have been able to manage both effortlessly.
Some NGOs do not have focus or genuine purpose, how have you been able to remain afloat over the years?
We have a mission that drives us and we have stayed true to this. Rendering a helping hand is a focus, creating a change has been a great deal for us and we work towards achieving this.
There are these assertion in some quarters that NGOs are being used for money laundering, have you had such experience and how true is that?
Sincerely, I heard about this before I started mine and still do but have never experienced such.
What are the challenges you face in the cause of caring for others in rural areas?
Trying to convince the people to accept change and also await us in implementing new ideas.
How are you able to raise funds, materials for your outreach and have you encountered men who make advances at you before they help?
I started off with my personal funds and then found individuals who bought the idea of my vision and have constantly supported the movement. Over time, a few organizations have also supported a great deal and we keep pushing. And No, I haven’t been caught with advances from men who would want to help.
How can government genuinely get involved with the NGOs?
By organizing conferences or stakeholders meetings to meet with these NGOs and understand their visions and work towards empowering them to assist communities. It’s all for the betterment of the country.
In your opinion, do you think NGOs deserves to be paying tax considering the fact that they don’t make monthly income?
Hmmm, a very good question. How much money do they have in their accounts? How many of these NGOs get support? Not all NGOs have enough to pay taxes.
As an NGO planning a project, what are the right words to use when talking to someone. Should we ‘support’ ‘partnership’?
There’s a clear difference between “support”, “partnership “ and “sponsorship “…..These three have to be clearly defined before Going into any sort of collaboration with any organization. You must know what you want or the kind of collaboration you want to have first , before approaching anyone for a collaboration. This is very important . I believe in symbiotic partnerships or collaboration as the case may be.
About Clare Ezeakacha
Clare Ezeakacha is a Filmmaker, Content Developer, Voice Artist, Child advocate and founder of Clare Cares Foundation. She makes short films as tools for advocacy to create awareness about social issues.
She has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, a PGD in Mass Communication, a mini MBA in non-profit leadership (LBS) and an MSC in Information Technology. She started her career as an IT officer in KPMG, then transitioned into radio where she worked as a Radio Personality, producing and voicing jingles and political programs.
Clare debuted her career in film, with a directorial short titled “Arima” (a vignette on rape), thereafter producing a few more short films and feature-length movies. As a mentor and child advocate, she started the Clare Cares Foundation, highlighting the struggle for education and protecting the rights of children in Nigeria and beyond.
Her foundation organizes educational seminars to sensitize the youths against vices such as rape and child abuse and raise funds from members, corporate organizations, philanthropists, international donor agencies, and government support programmes for social impact projects.
Clare Ezeakacha supports children in rural areas and uses her voice as a tool for creating change in society.