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Thank You BellaNaijarians! The #BNDoGood Initiative Made 2 Families Smile Yesterday

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So, we stepped out of the office yesterday to show love to two families this Christmas season.

If you live in Nigeria, you’ll understand that 2016 is unarguably one of the toughest years in recent times. From the increasing inflation rate, to the plunging of the value of the Naira in an import-dependent economy like ours, virtually everyone felt the heat of the downturn in Nigeria’s economy.

While that can be said to be the reality of almost everyone, there are some folks who feel the crunch the most.

Julian, Ink, Uche, Eki, Rose, Desola, and IK

Going through the streets of Mile 12 and Alapere, Ketu, one will realise that some of the things some individuals term ‘normal to have’ are actually luxury for millions of others in the country.

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.

Also, at the end of the year, we go out to support underprivileged families in our own way. In 2014, we partnered with Child lifeline, and took some underprivileged kids to see a movie at the cinema; in 2015, we supported Slum2School Christmas in a box initiative.

This year, thanks to you visiting BN, we have been able to support various charities and charitable initiatives including CancerAware Nigeria, W-Tech and so many more (seriously, the list is really long and we are so grateful).

This Christmas, 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.

If you can read this, chances are, your current lifestyle is luxury to these people. Going to school, eating a good meal, transportation, e.t.c.

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.

The Odume family

The BN Team and the Odume Family

Eki, Rose and Ink

@uchepedro explains our visit to the Odumes’. #BNDoGood #BellaNaija #BNInspired | Follow our instastory for more videos

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Mrs. Odume shares her story with us #BNInspired #BellaNaija #BNDoGood

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We proceeded to Mile 12 to visit another family.

Rose, IK, and Desola

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.

Uche telling Mama Faith why we came

Mama Faith explaining how things have been

She couldn’t hold her joy

Today was also Papa Faith’s birthday and he was so so happy when we sang for him #BNDoGood #BellaNaija #BNInspired

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L-R: Front: IK, Rose, Desola; Back: Eki, Uche, Ink, Julian. That’s Faith in the background posing for the camera.

People are going through a lot in the country and while it’s quicker to blame the politicians, the humanity in us demands that we contribute our quota to delivering people out of poverty.

A review of our laws and policies would give a long term solution to this problem; but small donations to these families will not only ease the burden on these families, but also inspire them to keep pressing forward.

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.

14 Comments

  1. EE

    December 22, 2016 at 9:47 am

    ????????

  2. keke driver

    December 22, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Welldone BN.

  3. chinenye

    December 22, 2016 at 10:19 am

    this is really awesome. brought tears to my eyes. thumbs up Bella naija team. God bless you all!

  4. Bleed Blue

    December 22, 2016 at 10:45 am

    So necessary!

    I’ve been on a campaign to ask everyone I work with to please show some random kindness to someone or to a family this season especially.

    All you need to do is go on Toke Makinwa’s page and see the number and nature of stories of those hoping for her daily N50k giveaway…you realize that it’s amazing the things you take for granted.

    I’ve given so much away this period and it scares me the way my account is depleting but abeg, let people not go hungry while my account stays slaying. Slaying for who na?

    More of this please BN and God bless you Uche and team!

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      December 23, 2016 at 2:06 am

      I’ve seen your campaign. God bless you for it.

  5. Nene'sMa

    December 22, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Wow!! God bless you Bella naija, I’m here getting angry that you didn’t post my mail and comment asking for clothes for my child without even realising my need right now is luxury to some.
    Keep up the good work.

  6. LL

    December 22, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    tears in my eyes, God bless BN

  7. Fina

    December 22, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    I really like you Rose. There’s this warm “come baby, we’re in this together” kinda air you ‘give’ off from the pictures I just saw. Of everyone there, you were most comfortable with the families. Thanks to the BNteam. God bless you all for putting a smile on their faces.

  8. Loveth Best

    December 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    May God bless your kind hearts

  9. eesha

    December 22, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Great Job BN team. Like someone pointed out on your Instagram page, the Odumes’ little girl (purple dress) seem to have something going on with her, i noticed the distended belly, some deficiency maybe or something more chronic? Let them take notice of it, yeah.

  10. Tincan

    December 22, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Uche, you’ve got such a good heart. My heartfelt prayer for you is that as you and the team answered the prayers of this family, God will answer your deepest desires and prayers. May He also fill you with wisdom for your next steps in Jesus name. Amen.

    On another note, whilst I am praying for things to get better in Nigeria, I can’t help but recall what I was reading from NigeriaHealthBlog today. It was talking about the population explosion in Nigeria and how between 1960 and 2016, Nigeria’s population increased by 300%. Whilst I don’t think, or at least, it doesn’t feel right that the number of children a family can have should be regulated a la China, families need to consider their ability to cater to children before they have them. Not saying it necessarily applies in this case, I don’t know but…

    Resource for those interested

    http://nigeriahealthwatch.com/the-elephant-in-the-room-nigerias-population-growth-crisis/

  11. Authentic Sunshine

    December 22, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Welldone people. May God bless you and shower you with grace…Anybody who hasn’t given hasn’t lived. It’s soo rewarding. Kisses and hugs.

  12. Mz Socially Awkward....

    December 23, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Sh*t, BN. You made me cry this early a.m. Was on the brink with the first family but by the time I played the video of the 2nd family….

    What will it take for little Faith (that clip with her courtseying & saying “thank you” broke my heart) and Mrs. Odume’s son to attend school? These are the futures that need to be safeguarded & locked down…. before the other corruptible ideas steal them away.

    Please let us know if you can.

  13. Tosin

    December 23, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you for doing this, BN. As madam prayed, your market will sell more more. Amen.

    My CEO! Looking sexay! Respec’ 🙂

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