In March of 2013, Edithmary Tabitha Price in Houston Texas established ONeNess Foundation an Agency for the Community, a network serving the needs of the underserved. ONeNess Foundations duly registered with the Secretary of State of Texas on 4/18/2014 with file number (801974087), with 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt. We were granted special consultative status by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in June 2019, which enables us to engage the United Nations Secretariat and its subsidiary bodies. Our organization has an active status with the U.S. federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM) with CAGE #/ 080493431 / 8EJT8.
To address client health and wellness, the organization established social outreach-based programs, including:
Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating
Providing Literacy Program
Afterschool Enrichment Programs
Food Pantries in Houston Texas
Re-building dilapidated local schools in Africa
Feeding School Children and Life Enrichment
Health & Wellness fairs
Counseling and well-being classes
Referrals for other services
In 2014, ONeNess Foundations took our advocacy to the Civil society/World Bank in Washington DC to express the need for assistance to the Africa countries with the establishment of foster care which will provide care to the millions of abused, neglected and exploited children as it will guarantee monitored access to Education, Healthcare, Nutrition and other care services. Our organization met with Congress woman Sheila Jackson Lee U.S. Representative for Texas's 18th congressional district to lend her voice on the issue of kidnapping of the 236 Chibok school girls in Nigeria by a terrorist group - Boko Haram. She responded positively. We also participated in the Town Hall meeting organized by Congressman Al Green U.S. Representative for Texas's 9th congressional district to help the social affairs and needs of African people living in Houston Texas.
ONeNess Foundation organization entered Nigeria to reflect its new mission of providing foster care program. Re-building dilapidated local schools, building group homes, engaging foster parents, case workers, and caregivers as well as provide Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating, afterschool enrichment programs, tutoring, health & wellness education and medical screening (vital signs only). We provide diapers for children and sanitary pads for teenage girls in Africa. Currently, we are working in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
In 2015, a team of personnel of ONeNess foundation went to Nigeria to sensitize the people about the benefits of establishing foster care system. During the visit, the Nigeria House of Representatives and Senate were presented with the ‘Bill of Legislation” for enactment of Foster care Act. We were able to establish an office in Abuja and well as formally incorporating our organization and meeting all the requirement of the Nigeria government. The people of Nigeria welcomed the idea of foster care system that we got coordinators in the 36 states of the country including the Federal capital territory (FCT) on a volunteer basis. The activities of the volunteers and coordinators can be viewed on our website - www.onenessfoundations.org
In 2016, the Nigeria National Assembly during the (public hearing) for North East Development Commission under the chairmanship of Hon. Sanni Zoro, ONeNess foundations got an invitation to make a presentation to the House of Representatives members and the Nigeria people. The President of ONeNess foundations flew from United States to Nigeria to make the presentation. The invitation was once again to tell them about the great benefits of foster care system which is believed will help the establishment of the North East Development Commission after which the law makers will take on the establishment of the National Foster Care System. The Northeast Bill Passed.
In 2017, we went to the United Nations and continued our advocacy towards helping humanity which has earned us the special consultative status by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) which enables us to engage the United Nations Secretariat and its subsidiary bodies, it was granted in June 2019. ONeNess Foundations is a registered member of (TANO) Texas Association of Non-profit Organization.
In 2018, we continued to give the much needed services to the population that we serve. Our advocacy continued to widen as we actively expanded our mission of serving humanity. In this regard, we sent a letter to Rep. Christopher Smith, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa requesting his involvement in helping the African countries achieve the foster care initiative.
In 2019, the organization refocused its mission in response to consistently witnessing one vital, yet forgotten basic need that impacts the physical, mental and economic well-being of individuals; Hunger Relief. We established food pantry that serves our community here in Houston Texas with fresh, dry and frozen foods. We also serve the Homeless individuals in the Houston area with food as well as community outreach food distribution to homebound residents and low income families that lack transportation. Our organization engages in back to school give away school supplies to people in our community.
We have an active status with the U.S. federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM) with CAGE #/ 080493431 / 8EJT8.
Later, the organization evolved to include more direct services, such as Weatherization utility assistance.