In past cultures, childcare was a community based effort and not a separate paid occupation. As families no longer live within the same community, majority of parents work, and with skyrocketing childcare costs, families are left strapped for support they can count on. Sadly, the fast-paced, high-tech world in which we live was not created to support modern-day parenting; but that’s why we built Abulé.
Abulé was established to connect families to communities they can trust for childcare support. By using digital technologies, The Village democratizes access to caregivers, and parents receive the benefits of raising their children in a safe, harmonious village.
“Growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, I was always surrounded by aunties, uncles, cousins and friends ready to help at the spur of a moment.”
Unemployment was a turning point for me. I questioned how and where I thought I’d failed; like most parents, I struggled to achieve the ever-elusive concept of “work-life balance.” How could I balance taking care of my child, my career and my own health all at the same time? Surely there were others asking the same question. The light bulb went off when I realized that the root cause of the care crisis stems from our reliance on systems, rather than communities, to fulfill our childcare needs.
That’s how Abulé was born. Abulé is more than just about bartering childcare and school pick-ups. It’s about building a network of relationships based on mutual trust and respect. We’re on a mission to not only help with the physical needs of caregiving, but also the mental and emotional support that parents don’t always have. Abulé is designed to provide a holistic approach to care management — for childcare, eldercare and household care. We aim to lean on each other rather than a system, schedule or routine. These may fail, but a strong community never will. Let’s go back to the culture of togetherness we once knew and loved. Together, we will thrive.
“Regardless of a child’s biological parents, their upbringing belongs to the community.”
– African Proverb
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A Village can only be established through an outpour of hard work, commitment, and love. And that’s what the tribe behind Abulé has sought to do
We are more than colleagues. We’re a tribe of caregivers, creators and connectors. We look forward to creating community with you.
She serves as a vessel, a creator, an agent of change, and an advocate for the underserved and marginalized.
She engages the community and inspires the future of the people within the village through education.
She advocates on behalf of the village and amplifies the voices of the people to ensure that each member is seen and valued.
He engineers the structural frameworks and builds the foundations of the village from the ground up.
She designs the blueprints and tells the story of people in the village through illustrations and animations.
She learns from the elders of today to keep the vision of the village alive for tomorrow’s generation.