Christmas 2019 was a season of joy and love with many organizations across Nigeria and West Africa holding and organizing various charity events. Here are some of the special and impactful events that happened in 2020 across West Africa.
THE MAKOKO DREAM SCHOOL
As an organization in Lagos Nigeria, The Makoko Dream has a mission to be the pioneer organization leading the urban-slum development and transformation in sub-Saharan Africa until it becomes a place of solace to both locals and internationals.
However, during the festive period of December 2019, The Makoko Dream 2019 Christmas Party was an awesome event. Over 700 packs of food were given to Makoko children and 1 child was given a 1-year Scholarship. The Makoko Dream further awarded 16 Families with 16 Christmas boxes of Noodles and also awarded 5 outstanding volunteers, teachers and community heads for their collective efforts in promoting the Makoko Dream’s cause.
The event started off with a boat cruise of The Venice of Africa-Makoko by showing invited guests the ancient wonders of Makoko, which is over 100 years in existence.
The Orphan Empowerment Society (TOES)
On the 18th of December 2019, the volunteers of TOES (côte d’Ivoire) held an event at the “Notre Dame des Sources” orphanage located in Bouake (a city in the center of CI). The volunteers led different games, learning activities, poems, songs, dance, blind tests, painting activities and much more so as to keep the children excited. Thus, both children and volunteers had a good time and enjoyed the party.
When TOES began distributing gifts, they could see the joy and excitement in the eyes of the children as well as the orphanage staff. The volunteers received a thank you ballet dance from the children, and everyone joined in the dancing.
TOES CI volunteers ended the event with a launch of balloons, and they look forward to showing more love in 2020.
Myfarmbase Africa organized its Young Agripreneurs Hangout to provide a meet and greet opportunity for key players, stakeholders, young Agripreneurs and alumni of some of the organization’s programs in the agricultural industry.
“Plan your business in such a way that increase in demand can force more expansion,” said Samson Ogbole, who also charged the attendees to learn to live within their means and avoid spending their profits extravagantly. The attendees left the hangout feeling refreshed and energized to make improvements in their businesses based on the feedback they received from the guests, as regards their agribusinesses.
MyFarmbase Africa is an Agric-tech social enterprise that leverages technology for research, consulting, advocacy and sustainable agriculture development.
Kinnect is a nonprofit platform that connects people who want to change the world with the causes they care about. In a nutshell, they connect people, resources and social causes.
The Kinnect Annual Christmas Charity Drive which began in 2014 has served over 4,000 individuals in local communities across Lagos.
This year (2019), the Kinnect Charity Drive was in the Bariga community of Lagos, Nigeria, and it reached out to 400 local community members especially women and girls. Every child got either a toy or a book for Christmas. During the drive, Kinnect also had a session for the Bariga women on topics such as healthcare, gender-based violence, menstrual hygiene and other social issues that affect women. Reusable pads, food items, clothes, medication, and other necessities were also distributed.
THE FAME FOUNDATION
FASHIONED AND MADE FOR EXCELLENCE FOUNDATION is a volunteer-driven social impact initiative. It is a social-profit leadership education organization working to imprint an authentic picture of what leadership is in the minds of young people in Nigeria and Africa.
Last Christmas, the foundation visited an orphanage, providing the children with different food items and material needs via the Fame Cares initiative, which is targeted at helping vulnerable children by impacting and educating them with important leadership values. The foundation also provided them with needs based on their prior interaction with the beneficiary orphanage home.
StreetPriests is a youth-led non-profit, volunteer-driven organization with the vision to transform the lives of street children and have their potentials turned into assets for society. Over Christmas, the organization provided gifts and food items and material needs to children living on the streets of Calabar. They made sure to have fun with the kids and show them loads of love.
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