Monday, 18th March, 2019 will remain evergreen in the lives of the people of Makoko Community, Lagos State as Caregiva foundation embarks on her maiden charity event, with no fewer than 500 people including women and children benefiting from the program.
Caregiva Foundation, which was founded earlier this year, is born out of the initiative of giving back to the society by providing care, love and support for the less privilege who are financial, mentally, and physically challenged.
The event, which witnessed the feeding of over 300 children, also recorded the donation of rice, salt, vegetable oil, noodles, slippers, clothes, among others for orphans and those who were going through difficult times as a result of the biting economic recession.
They came out with enthusiasm like children receiving their father back home after a long sojourn. Some held on to the visitors calling them ‘Daddy,’ ‘Mummy’ while waiting for the next move from them.
They are familiar with such visits, usually from well spirited individuals as well as groups who come to donated food items, toiletries and sundry items to the community.
The President of Caregiva Foundation, Bunmi Banjo while addressing the beneficiaries at the community said the gesture was their little way of reaching out to the less privilege as part of the Foundation’s social responsibilities.
She described Makoko as the largest slum community in West Africa with over 200,000 inhabitants, adding that thousands of children living there need help.
Speaking on her Foundation and what it aims to achieve, Bunmi said the Foundation is geared towards putting smiles on the faces of the less privilege and the orphans in the society by showing them love, care and support .
“We sincerely hope that other members of the society who are well to do will support a cause like this and show the children love,” she admonished.
She, however, disclosed that the foundation will sponsor at least 5 children on their education and 20 others for vocational training.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Aisha Ademola, a young widow and mother of one, was full of thanks to the group for finding them worthy of the gift, pointing out that the food items would go a long way to alleviate their hunger.
Ezekiel Iroko, a 7-year-old boy, who is aspiring to be a medical doctor, commended the kind gesture of the foundation, adding that this will relieve the suffering of his mother since he lost his father at a tender age and it has been a challenge for his mother to take care of him and his siblings.
Also, Olanike Adeniyi, 13, raised in Makoko, a slum in the centre of Lagos State, could not hide her happiness as she praised the efforts of the group for expending their hands of fellowship to them at a time they needed it most.
“I am thankful for protecting us here in Makoko. I lost my mother when I was only nine months old and was abandoned by my father. I was raised by my grandmother who feels that after my secondary education, I should either be married off or just learn a trade.”
She also said that she hoped to be part of the people that will be assisted in furthering their education in order to become an important person in the society.
Meanwhile, the Baale of the Community, Chief Aide Albert Jeje, noted that the children are really suffering and urgently needed help from concerned individuals. He said: “Most of the children living in this community don’t have access to good and basic education since there is no money to send them to school. Some of them are orphans. They hardly eat three square meals a day.”
He also used the opportunity to solicit the assistance of the Foundation in solving the water problem that has bedeviled the community.
“We are so happy to receive Caregiva Foundation here today and to see all the great gifts that they brought for us.
“I am speechless and so grateful. We are also praying that God will continue to bless the good work that they have started,” he prayed.
Speaking on the donations to the community, the Community Chief, who received the Foundation, Aide Benjamin, commended the spirit behind the donation which he said that this gesture will go a long way to bring smiles to the faces of the needy.
According to Benjamin, “It is at times like this that you know those who are passionate about meeting the needs of the less privileged and the needy. What the Caregiva Foundation has done today shows that their efforts were based on passion and commitment to the plight of the downtrodden.
We can only commend them and urge them to continue to identify with this community and other vulnerable places at large.”
However, the program was supported by Chemart Pharmacy, Metropolitan Motors, Taos Beauty Brand, Tricontinental Oil Service, and Mrs Bakers Bakry.