BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:
Faye's Fashion LabThomaston, Georgia
ABOUT THE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:I started as a plus size Model and won the American Beauties Plus National Woman title in 2018. However, my passion has been to spread education to the children of Nigeria by personally funding material and encouragement to the pupils and staff at Angels Montessori School of Ikeja. I was truly moved to see them work so hard with a minimal amount of resources and materials. As a former educator in Georgia, I've seen teachers and school discard items that Nigerian teachers and students would humbly appreciate and treasure. There is no free public education in Nigeria, and the schools that try to provide a decent education are faced with many obstacles, limited resources, and many parents do not have the funds to invest in their children’s education. The school staff takes what little they earn (it takes $360 Naira to equal $1) to feed the students some type of meal -- mostly rice or oatmeal, and provide basic materials.
The teachers’ sacrifices are inspiring to me, because it means they are taking resources they could be helping their own families with to help others. Electricity is provided only two hours per day due to electrical blackouts and generators with diesel fuel must be used for the remainder of the day. The current cost of a gallon of diesel is $15,000N. The students are eager to learn. I watched a teacher hand copy 20 tests as they cannot afford to make photocopies. As a teacher, I remember having a limit of 10,000 copies from a copy machine a week. Can you imagine manually writing over and over again to produce enough tests for your students -- with no lights -- when you get home from a long day of work? There are so many heartwarming and profound stories I could share but I'll leave with this one -- to change the lives of the least fortunate has blessed my soul.
THE STORY:I was blessed to do plus size modeling and was chosen as a brand ambassador for several organizations, As I began to travel, I had an opportunity to see the needs of people who were far more deprived than those in our country. I see why Oprah Winfrey chose an African nation to build a school.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:Who's Who Amongst Georgia's Students 1986
1998 Pre-K Teacher of the Year -- Head Start Upson County
Surviving Thyroid Cancer 2007-2009
2016 Woman of the year by Channel 44 Alabama TV host Dee Pippen of D Owner LLC
2016 American Beauties Plus Woman Queen
2017 First Presbyterian Church Honors Luncheon for Community Service
2017 Brand Ambassador for Plus Positive International
Being a loving soul to family, friends and other citizens of God's Earth
SUCESS:Both in my personal and business life, being able to encourage someone else to be the best of themselves so they can elevate the next person. In order to be successful, you must give of yourself.
RULES/PRINCIPLES:My favorite middle school teacher, Mrs. Rosa Daniel wrote in my 8th-grade yearbook, "No man is an island," by John Donne. I went to the library and researched it and live by what I learned from it each day of my life. We are all connected and what we do affect others. I try to have a positive effect on others.
CONTACT INFORMATION:Faye Atwater-Edozie
514 Plum ST
Thomaston, GA 30286
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