I just announced my first blog giveaway a few days ago, so it was a pleasant surprise to run into Miss Delly Singah who originally was meant to feature under the Style Diary segment. But as I delved deeper, I found out Delly was more than a fashion enthusiast. She was the CEO of her very own charity organisation. Talk about giving back! There is nothing more touching than a style enthusiast who will put others before herself. So in the spirit of giveaways and philanthropy, I’d like to introduce you to Miss Delly Singah. So who really is Delly Singah? My name is Delphine Anon Singah a.k.a Delly Singah. I was born on the 2nd of December in Banso, North West Region, Cameroon. Second of three girls and a boy and was brought up in a middle class environment. I attended Presbyterian Primary School Ntamulung, Government Bilingual High School Bamenda before heading to the University of Yaoundé II where I had a Bsc in Economics and Maitrise in Management. She also obtained a diploma in IT at the Computer Education Trust-Yaoundé. I then moved to London for further Studies in the University of Wales institute Cardiff where she obtained a Masters in Business Administration-Banking and Finance. I am currently the founder and CEO of the Delly Singah Foundation. What made you start a charity organisation? What was your inspiration? Horrified by the poverty level children live in; in Cameroon and even worse is the exploitation of children as young as 0-10years old, it wasn’t difficult for me to decide that something needed to be done. Furthermore, haven lived the better part of my life as an orphan and a destitute; I was in a better position of understanding their needs, plight and wants, thus felt like my shoulder could be offered for them to lean on. I aspire lending a hand to every orphan/destitute out there within my reach; in Africa and the world at large, making them live their dreams.
Have you always wanted to do this?Yes I have! It’s been my desire since childhood and f I can remember clearly I had the burden at 15 years old. That to most people seemed like a myth or mere fantasy but like you know, when you discover your purpose in life, nothing, no one, nor any amount of discouragement can stop you. Any Challenges, difficulties faced in managing this organization? Of course no pain, no gain. There are loads of challenges I face ranging from limited sponsorship, inadequate resources at my disposal, distances between the kids and I (as some of these kids live in rural areas with limited or no network for easy communication), competition in fundraising from other charities, the lack of a stable home for all the kids, a lack of volunteers in upcoming projects and the increased pace of orphan hood nowadays. What are the prospects for these kids in your charity? Well, like I said earlier, the Delly Singah Foundation gives hope to the poorest children in Cameroon; those of whom are orphaned, abandoned or vulnerable – by enabling them to grow up within the love of a family and the security of a home, so that they can fulfill their potentials. This is done through providing them with Education, basic needs like food, clothing, shelter and medication etc. As for Adoption, I am still working on the processes of qualifying an individual to adopt a child thus I prefer to withhold that information for now.
How hard is it to find sponsor? How do you promote or create awareness for this organisation?Finding sponsors has not been easy but at the same time God has been faithful and has opened me doors with a few. Art Becomes you I must say is one of them, Royal City Mission UK, Fab-Afrique Magazine too and individuals whose names I prefer to withhold for now, have really made my work easier. I am more than grateful. Talking about awareness, DSF has a website with all there is to know about it. www.wwwdellysingahfoundation.org
Any other interests or is it your full time passion?Well, of course I’ve got other interests such as modelling, fashion designing, cookery and football ( lol) but that notwithstanding, taking care of these children is my number one; my dream, my big moment. The rest can come in any order.
A word to your fans?Oh my fans… there can never be a Delly Singah without you guys. Thank you all for the support, encouragement and love you’ve shown me from the time I first created a DSF group page on Facebook to this moment where my dreams are becoming a reality. Coming from my heart, I won’t betray the trust and confidence you have in me. One thing I can promise is being a role model to these kids in every way possible. May God in his plenty immensely bless you all. One love For more information, please visit http://www.wwwdellysingahfoundation.org/ or contact Delly Singah through her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/delly.singah Peace n Love :)