A couple of days ago the BellaNaija team stepped out of the office to spread some holiday cheer.
BellaNaija has been doing its best to support causes that cater for people who are even below the lower class, in economic terms. Throughout the year, media support and our BN Community Centre section have helped to put smiles on the faces of thousands of individuals and families. This we do, year-in-year-out.
This Christmas season, apart from supporting the Slum2School Christmas in a box initiative, we visited families who have had a very tough 2016, shared food items, and made a donation towards their areas of need.
See the photos below.
Time for #BNDoGood
Visit 1 – The Odumes
Mrs Odume is a cleaner at a very small private school, where she gets N10,000 as monthly salary. She has 6 children with her husband, a commercial motorcyclist. In a bid to rake in more money, Mrs Odume helps with the cleaning of her church at N2,500 a month.
She is struggling to put her kids through school by joining cooperatives and also from various tips from church members. Her first child, a boy is in Yabatech and he tries to contribute his own quota to the family by taking jobs as a food server at parties. While her second born, a girl, got admission into University of Benin (UNIBEN). She has been able to get her daughter in to the school through various contributions from church members, the daughter is currently said to be on a 4. GPA and they are trying to get her money for accommodation in the school. The rest of her kids are going to various public schools around Alapere while her third child lives with another family on the same street.
Visit 2 – Mama & Papa Faith
Mama Faith works as a cleaner at an Electronics shop on Allen Avenue, Ikeja. Her husband used to be a private car driver, but is currently out of a job. Big ups to Mama Faith, she’s holding her family together, working more than 3 jobs to make ends meet to take care of Faith and her siblings.
Faith did not participate in the last exams at her school because of her parents’ inability to pay her school fees. She is currently learning a trade and her mother is trying her best to ensure that her and her siblings get the best life they can afford, while inculcating the right values in them.
Her husband, Papa Faith, when asked about how they have been coping said: “it has been my wife. She has been the one taking care of us.” They were so happy for the little we provided and couldn’t hold their joy. BN donated food supplies and assisted financially to ease the burden.
We want to thank you, BellaNaijarians for your continuous support on projects like these, and also implore you to go out and Do Good. Not in this season alone, but all year round. It does not have to be loud or big, it just has to be done.
Photo Credit: Insigna Media