The Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation (IIF), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), has announced the third cycle of Project 40at40 in furtherance of her annual In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) grant.

This announcement was made at a press conference held at the Elizabeth R office in Ikoyi Lagos on the 13th of July, 2022.

Basically, Project 40at40 was born upon the demise of the Late Mrs. Ibidunni Olajumoke Ituah-Ighodalo whose birthday wish was to give 40 couples, 40 IVF grants on her 40th birthday.

Ibidunni Ighodalo foundation, founded in 2016, is an initiative that supports waiting couples.

It aims to ease the financial burden that comes with pursuing fertility treatments that could give them a chance at fulfilling their dreams of parenthood.

The Ibidunni Ighodalo foundation (IIF) grant was set up to ensure that those dreams become a reality.

As a result, it gives couples-in-waiting the chance to become parents by assisted reproduction, In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and other fertility treatments.

This initiative is a posthumous realisation of the founder’s wish. Her husband, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, is championing the cause to ensure the fulfillment of his late wife’s dream.

The project, in its third year, customarily commences on Ibidunni’s posthumous birthday anniversary – 19th of July 2022.

The foundation, in collaboration with renowned fertility medical partners have administered IVF treatments to 80 recipients since inception.

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Beneficiaries of the first and second cycle have resulted in 10 babies thus far with many others currently undergoing their gestation period.

At the Press conference, the chairman of the foundation, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, shared the success stories.

A New Initiative

He said: “We are glad to announce that for the maiden cycle in 2020, we had 9 new births, including a set of triplets.

“For the year 2021, we have a baby already, nine pregnancies while four are still undergoing treatment”.

For him, being able to help people, support and give them hope was the driving force of the initiative.

Furthermore, he announced the foundation’s new initiatives –  ‘Ibidunni Life Store’ and ‘Ibidunni Ighodalo Entrepreneurial Network’.

These are mentoring and digital learning platform for the young to inspire, engage and equip aspiring entrepreneurs on self-leadership, entrepreneurship and the benefits of creating wealth the right way.

The Executive Secretary of the foundation, Grace Ogunniyi, also shared insight into the process of registration.

According to her, the portal would be open on July 19.

Also, she made a clarion call for support.

‘’We are hoping to have more babies from the 2021 set and for this new cycle, we’ll like people to also partner with us financially and we are grateful to those who have supported us so far,’’  she added.

The foundation commits to keeping hope alive and helping struggling families ease their way into parenthood.

The official website of the foundation is open to applications for couples.

Read more about the Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation here.

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