Cedar Seed Foundation (CSF) is a youth led non-governmental, non-profit and non-sectarian membership based development organization established in 2011 with the mission of providing services that support persons with disabilities to participate in all aspects of life by mainstreaming their issues and concerns into national development agenda based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. CSF was formally registered at CAC in 2013 with reg no 63008.
Our Vision: To create a world where disabled people will actively participate in the society and enjoy equal human rights.
Our Mission: To facilitate an enabling environment and provide services that support disabled people in Nigeria.
Our Objective as a foundation is:
1. To strengthen and educate the capacity of persons with disabilities particularly children.
2. To promote awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities.
3. To collaborate with key stakeholders in establishing linkages for access to social services.
4. To empower persons with disabilities with skills that will make them independent.
Democracy and Good Governance
Entrepreneurship & Economic Empowerment
Medical Health Facilities
Empower Persons with disabilities
Cedar Seed Foundation Executive Director (Lois Auta) has met and got a handshake from President Obama, a hug from Michelle Obama in July 2014 and President Buhari in August 2015
Cedar Seed Foundation E.D was part of the special interest Group (Persons with Disabilities) on Vision 20:2020 in 2010
In December 2012, CSF has collaborated with Potters Gallery and convened an event in Abuja tagged VitalVoices for Democracy and it was supported by UNDP – DGD
In March 2013, CSF has donated 120 mobility aids to persons with disabilities in Kaduna State through the support of NNPC on the project called Easter Reach Out
In 2014, Cedar Seed Foundation was among the 100 youths President Goodluck selected and celebrated International Youth Day at the Aso Rock Presideential Villa.
May 2014 and July 2015 Sahara Foundation has reached out to hundreds of students with disabilties with scholarship awards initiated by CSF tagged Inclusive Education Project
In September 2014, US Embassy conducted musical training for 30 young persons with disabilities from ages 18 – 25, initiated by Cedar Seed Foundation and facilitated by Bobby Ricketts
In June and July 2014 the E.D of CSF was selected among 500 youths in Africa who traveled to the US for six weeks and participated on the flagship program of President Obama called Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
December 03, 2014 Cedar Seed Foundation in commemoration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities marked the day by an advocacy walk, radio talk show and a press conference, we talked about our issues, the theme for the year and demanded President Goodluck to sign our bill into law. Media team, our team members and friends of the disabled were present and the event was aired on national news on major television channels in Nigeria. It was a huge success.
December 22, 2014 Cedar Seed Foundation organized Christmas Reach-Out with support from SaharaGroup distributed 50kgs of bags of rice to each beneficiary. More than 100 persons with disabilities in the FCT participated and benefited from the event, drawn from the six local government areas of the federal capital territory. Lives were touched!
In 2015 and 2016, we had ICT trainings supported by US Embassy and Nigerian Communications Commision in Abuja for our members.
In September 2015, CSF constructed a ramp for a special school in Karmajiji along airport road to create accessibility for the students on the project called Ramps for Schools
In December 03, 2015 we partnered with US Embassy Abuja and convened an event tagged Inclusion Matters: The Urgency for Nigerian Disability Rights Act at Ekiti Hall, US Embassy Abuja in commemoration of International Day for Persons with Disabilities where we had an opening remarks by US Ambassador, some Nigerian Senators and Members of House of Reps were present, Disabled People’s Organizations, CSOs, Media and other Critical Stakeholders were in attendance. This was one of the best event ever for CSF!
In January 2016, Central Bank of Nigeria and Abuja Enterprise Agency gave out loans under our entrepreneurship series to 30 members of CSF to existing and start – up businesses where we got about 4 Million Naira to empower persons with disabilities to become financial independent.
Cedar Seed Foundation trained 50 women with disabilities on ICT and the use of social media in February 2016 where we set up a Facebook page called – ThisAbled Women this idea was supported by NigerianCommunications Commission.
In March 2016, we had a documentary tagged GET INVOLVED with BBC Media Action and CSF Executive Director represented persons with disabilities
In May 31, 2016 Cedar Seed Foundation in Collaboration with Mandela Washington FellowshipAlumni Association Nigeria and support from US Embassy, Abuja trained youths with disabilities in entrepreneurship skills at American Corner
In June 02, 2016 Cedar Seed Foundation Team represented disabled people on the national emergency management agency programme where we discussed about inclusive safety measures.
In July 01, 2016 Cedar Seed Foundation participated in Start-up Friday and pitched to the audience on Ability Backpacks which is all about solar powered schoolbags for students in the rural areas organized by Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship – OIIE in Abuja.
Ashoka enrolled Cedar Seed Foundation among 41 Nigerians as Ashoka Changemakers Scholars in July 2016 in Lagos State.
Cedar Seed Foundation was shortlisted among the Aso Villa Demo Day finalists(Number 18) on the list and invited to the office of the Nigeria President where the ED got a handshake from President Buhari, Vice President Prof Osinbajo, Federal Minisiters, the CEO of Facebook Mark Zukerberg and other great men and women at Aso Rock Presidential Villa on September 02, 2016. This was an amazing and memorable experience for us at CSF. The news and photos went viral.
An award was presented to the Executive Director of CSF for the great work they are doing as Nigerian Dream Personality September 20th 2016, Cedar Seed Foundation was among the awardees for Nigeria RebirthProject where the Ooni of Ile Ifeand the National Coordinator of the project Isaac Belami
September 27, 2016 was another good day when the CEO of Y Combinator Michael Seibel, the number one business incubator in the world met with Cedar Seed Foundation Executive Directorat a fireside chat event organized by Ventures Platform in Abuja.
September 29 and 30, 2016 Cedar Seed Foundation Executive Director – Lois Autawas one of the women nominated and profiled on Wikepedia and also participated at Wiki Loves Womenevent at American Cornerorganized by Project Pink Blue in collaboration with Wikepedia Nigeria.
Cedar Seed Foundation Team attended She Forum Africa 2016 at Sheraton Hotel where great women inspired each other. This year’s edition was amazing and memorable.
Cedar Seed Foundation Executive Director was a panelist on ‘’Against All Odds’’ at Ekiti Hall, US Embassy, Abuja on International Day of the Girl, October 11, 2016 organized by Teenz Global International.
October 28, 2016 I was a special guest at the launch of FirstGem product in Lagos State, the idea of FirstGem is all about empowering female entrepreneurs andI made a commitment to empower disabled women entrepreneurs. It was initiated byFirst Bank chaired by Ibukun Awosika.Wife of the Vice President Dolapo Osinbajo was the Special Guest of Honour and I met with her and other great women.
November 20, 2016 I was invited by US Embassy for US Presidential Elections Watch from 7pm till 6am of November 21 and it was an awesome night and shocking morning to the world when Donald Trump finally emerged as the winner of 2016 presidential elections
Cedar Seed Foundation participated in the three days e-Nigeria 2016 International Conferenceat International Conference Center organized by NITDA. It was mind blowing when the Vice President of Nigeria Prof Osinbajo mentioned Cedar Seed Foundation during his speech. We alsoreceived an award asthe Runner up of the Best e-Governance Start-up in the NITDA –Nihilent e-governance Dinner and Awards on November 23, 2016.
In commemoration of International Day for Persons with Disabilities 2016, Cedar SeedFoundation organized an advocacy walk, press briefing and a twitter chat with MandelaWashington Fellowship Alumni Association, Nigeria in Abuja on December 03, 2016 with media organizations. It was a successful event.
On December 15, YALI Coordinator in USA Macon Phillips visited Nigeria and there was a reception dinner for him at Maitama Abuja. It was at the same venue I met with the new US Ambassador Stuart Symington who expressed his interest and passion for disabled people and their issues, I was very excited when he made a commitment of working with us to achieve our goals.
The founder of Cedar Seed was a panelist at an event themed Hands on training on energy efficiancy and renewable energy technologies entrepreneurship and enterprise development organized by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs at Centre for Women Development on December 21st, 2016. Click the link and read more about the event; http://unhabitat.org/youths-in-nigeria-trained-in-renewable-energy-technologies-and-green-entrepreneurship/
December 31, 2016 was also a memorable day for Cedar Seed Foundation when Uzoma Ikpecham the executive director of IGPES Group single handedly and proudly sponsored an event that made a lot of us smiled for the new year. He bought 100 items that consists of bags of rice, cartons of power oil and transport fare for every beneficiary. Many thanks to him and we wish him only the best.
January 07, 2017 Lois Auta the founder of Cedar Seed Foundation was listed among the most outstanding 100 people in Northern Nigeria. It was a big honour to be listed with people I admire so much. Thank you Arewa History!
Cedar Seed Foundation in collaboration with Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association and Channels Television had a documentary on the challenges of living with disability. Channels TV being the best television in Nigeria and the best TV of the year for 11th times shown the documentary on February 04 and 05, 2017 on their news bulletin and millions of Nigerians watched it at 10pm national news on February 04, 2017. We got amazing feedbacks after the news. Kudos to US Embassy, IREX, Channels TV, MWFAANand YALI. We appreciate your kind support. Click on the link and watch it on YouTube https://youtu.be/ddMwKTymzvU
We paid a courtesy visit to Her Excellency Barr. Amina Oyiza Bello the first lady of Kogi State Government on February 05, 2017 . It was an exciting moment and a fruitful meeting. Thank you Your Excellency for the gift. It was a great honour!
Cedar Seed Foundation was one of the participants on Community Organizing Training organized by Not Too Young To Run Campaign from 16 – 18 Februaury, 2017 at AES Apartments, Jabi, Abuja. It was an awesome experience. Many takeaways to train youths with disabilities.