The #BNDoGood2017 train had its first stop today at Yaba, where Girls Coding had its “December to Remember” event for underprivileged and displaced girls and their families.
Because every girl deserves to be happy, Girls Coding, an initiative that teaches girls how to code so as to set them up for a brighter future, sought to put smiles on their faces.
There was a special career talk/mentoring session for the girls where issues teenage girls face and the possible solutions to them were discussed.
After the mentoring session was the Christmas Carol and we had a good time singing virtually all of the hymnals and Christmas numbers. Christmas was indeed in the air.
Hello BellaNaijarians! We are live at Girls Coding's "December to Remember" celebration as part of our #BNDoGood2017 initiative. #BellaNaija will be celebrating with @pearlsafrica and the girls as well as providing bursary for five girls to continue their education. The Girls Coding event is a special weekend for under privileged and displaced girls, who will be taught how to code. Because every girl deserves to be happy, Girls Coding seeks to put smiles on the faces of these girls. Here’s a sneak peek of what the plans for today will include: Mentoring session/Career talks by professional ladies, talking about issues teenage girls face as young girls and likely solutions to these problems Shopping for our girls – our girls will be shopping at no cost for clothing items, food stuff & toiletries Food & drinks – there will be food and drinks for all our girls and our guests on this day. Christmas carol – special Christmas carol songs from some of our girls and karaoke from all our girls. BellaNaija is super excited to be a part of this event. #SpreadLove #BNDoGood #BellaNaija #Love bellanaija.com
After the Christmas carol, the girls were given the opportunity to talk about what Girls Coding has done for them so far. From teaching them how to code, build websites and mobile applications, to training them on etiquette, self esteem, self confidence and other soft skills, the girls shared why they are thankful to Girls Coding.
Next up was the announcement of our bursary winners. BellaNaija and the BN Community gave out bursaries to five (5) girls to support their education and their journey to building the future they desire and deserve.
The five girls are:
- Ladyjoy Nwala
- Maria Oluwagbade
- Janet Audu
- Mariam Matti
- Christiana Ibrahim
Recipient of the BN Bursary Janet Audu from Chibok Community with our Founder/CEO @uchepedro @pearlsafrica's "December to Remember" event. Janet graduated from secondary school in 2015 and has just gained admission to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. #BellaNaija #BNDoGood2017 #BNDoGood #GirlsCoding bellanaija.com
Recipient of the BN Bursary Christiana Ibrahim with our Founder/CEO @uchepedro @pearlsafrica's "December to Remember" event. Christiana is also from the Chibok Community and just gained admission to study Mass Communications at the National Open University. #BellaNaija #BNDoGood2017 #BNDoGood #GirlsCoding bellanaija.com
After this, it was time for shopping! There were clothing items, foodstuff & toiletries available for the girls and their parents to shop for FREE!
It's time to shop! The #GirlsCoding girls and their mothers are shopping for items of their choice for FREE thanks to @pearlsafrica and their donors. That's all for today. The #BNDoGood train stops again at Alagbado on Tuesday. We'll be sharing more information soon. Don't forget to spread love around you this season and beyond: Do Good. Cheers. #BellaNaija bellanaija.com
We had a good time interacting with the girls and their families as well as supporting the event. We applaud the Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin-led Girls Coding team for putting this together and are super excited to be part of this project.
This is not the last of our #BNDoGood2017 plans. As always, BN continues to support Slum2School’s Christmas in a Box. This year, Slum2School is in 5 states across Nigeria, across 15 communities, hoping to give 10,000 Nigerian children, an unforgettable christmas.
On Tuesday the 19th, BellaNaija will visit the family of one of the recipients of BN Community Centre, in conjunction with the DonateNG Team.
This year, we worked together with the awesome team at Donate NG to seek help for people with genuine health concerns. Unfortunately, in the course of the year, we lost a few people; however, we are going to visit one of the families, to show them that we care, and to also spread the joy of Christmas with them.
Finally, we will celebrate Christmas in Akute at a party for children who otherwise have no means of celebrating the holidays. On December 23, 2017, BN joins philanthropist, Femi Dahunsi at his event, put together to bring joy to the kids of Akute.
We enjoin our BNers to show love and do good this season and beyond.