The Journey So Far. 2

I wont talk much here. I already did in the part one of this post. You can read it here The Journey So Far .

Our projects in Pictures.

IMG_20170830_113227.jpgThe face when we talk to save lives

IMG_20170830_105914.jpgAnd the attention was intense

IMG_20170812_124607.jpgMothers are Awesome

IMG_20170812_121750.jpgUsing my voice for good

IMG_20170812_124555.jpgMothers  are ready to help the next generation with knowledge.

IMG_20170322_113506.jpgSometimes, we have to be forceful with our NO. Assured Tender Care pupils are awesome.

 

The Journey So Far

“We are doing this because we know there are millions of people out there that will need our services and more so, there are numerous people that are willing tom serve God and Humanity throigh their acts of kindness and charitable giving”

Like some of the things that I do, Family Lounge Initiative started on a whim. I am an impulsive person and sometimes, I am grateful for that part of me. If I weren’t impulsive, I won’t have taken some steps that brought me to the Master’s plan for my life.  Purpose is discovered by Doing. I have done somethings in trying to discover my purpose and now I know that this is “It”. Being responsible for people (especially those that aren’t biologically connected to you gives you a new sense of living and direction. It also helps to mould your character. You discover your strength and your weakness and most especially, it builds your faith. I am not Mother Theresa  (that woman’s faith is on another level for sure) but I keep learning from women that have given their lives for others.

Our first time Outreach at Urum, Awka North in 2016 made me realize that there are people willing to share their resources (cash and kind) with others. We had a successful outing because people cared. I discovered there and then that I am only a middleman. I stand in to represent God to the people through our outreaches and He supplies our needs through people. No man is really an Island. We have continued since then, doing the little we can and seeing God at work.

I must confess, there are days I have questioned the purpose of this, doubted myself, questioned God and why he has given such big ideas(they make my head wanna pop in different direction atimes). I have started on the road to discouragement some days but He always pulls me back.

I remember when the wife of a certain Anglican priest asked me to deliver a Talk on Child Sexual Abuse in their diocesan program, I felt on top of the world. I sure didn’t disappoint them because she called me back for another program (winks winks). I am taking baby steps and grateful each day for the opportunity. We have taken the Child Safety message to children in some schools too. 2017 was the year our Children’s Day “BE Bold To Protect Your Body” outreach started. Children of the selected school learnt how to how to be safe from predators and how to care for their bodies and the senior girls went home with Sanitary pads and every child went home with a copy of our “Be Bold To Protect Your Body” book.

Books are gateway to the world. Yet, only a  few people are exposed to the beauty and knowledge we discover in the pages of a good book. We have realized that lots of children are willing to read but there are no books available to them because their parents cannot afford to buy books for them. We also know that there are people that have books stacked in cartons and bags in their house gathering dust while others are in need of it. So, 2017, we called for Used Books. The response from different parts of the country overwhelmed us. Bags of books were sent to us and the kids that got them were the most excited. They didn’t only get books, they also got writing materials for the new school session.

We collect used Clothing, household items of all kinds. We have discovered that people are willing to declutter their house and give away things they aren’t using anymore. There’s really a certain joy that envelopes you when someone uses your gift. It gives us an insight into the Joy God gets when we use the power in the name of Jesus.

I have an amazing team, always nudging me on and taking No for an answer from me. The life I live now is a reality that seems like a beautiful Disney movie. Abeg, make this film no end o.

February ushered in another era of our lives. We held our second “Girls Affair” program and the effects on our lives and the participants will never wear off. Girls Affair is our Girls Only program where we empower girls with information and knowledge that will help them to make healthy life choices. We also empower them with skills that will help alleviate poverty in their lives. However, what we didn’t prepare for (but God already knew) was that our Teen Moms project was going to kick off from there. Our first assignment with regards to that has been a success so far. You will never know how far you can go until you step out.

Daily, we do plus and minus (in my mom’s voice). We have just started and we have no plans to stop. Why am I putting up this chronicle? To showcase ourselves as good people? Definitely not. We are doing this because we know that there are millions of people out there that will need our services and more so, there are numerous people that are willing to serve God and Humanity through their acts of kindness and charitable giving. So, we use our voice, our hands and our legs as channels for God to reach His people. You can join this chariot.

Are you interested in partnering with us or sponsoring any of our projects? Please, we will be glad to hear from you. Call us or send a message to 09059606812.

Abeg, I don talk plenty. Let me allow you enjoy some pictures here and in the next post.

Zippy with the Girl’s Health TalkDSC_0716

family2The Senior Pupils of BenBee Unique School came prepared.

DSC_0688.JPGBoy’s Timeout with Uncle Amos

DSC_0696.JPGEvery child got gifts.

Your school can be part of this special program. All you need to do is to hit us up and we will take it from there.

One love people!

TEACHER’S DAY

I thought I won’t get to write something today but , ‘hurray’, I am here now. Today has been busy. We in my family did not only celebrate a teacher, we also celebrated a birthday. October 5th won’t only be a Teacher Appreciation day for us, we also celebrate the gift from heaven to us in the form of my father-in-law. Have I mentioned that he was a teacher at a point? He still is because even at 90(that’s how long he has been alive), he helped my kids with a maths sum that was dealing with me. We are all super happy to be connected to him.

Back to the teacher’s day. There was a time I taught English language to secondary school students. I did what I could not sure if I was doing it well. Fast forward to some years after I had left the school, my mum calls me up to say that a friend called her up to say she heard my name on radio during a Phone in program. It was a special radio programme to celebrate teachers and someone called in to say I was her best teacher. Yours truly was overjoyed. I didn’t know I planted seeds that germinated and had deep roots. I didn’t know someone could say, ‘if not for teacher Ada’ as much as I have remembered some teachers that taught me at various levels.

I don’t do the ‘usual class room’ teaching anymore(for now) but I have not ceased to use any opportunity I have to impart knowledge. You never know a certain joy till you have transferred knowledge to another.

Teaching is a selfless act. You teach because you want to make a difference. You teach because you are willing to serve the tiny humans effortlessly. Teaching is an act of service that can only emanate from a selfless heart.

Teachers aren’t only restricted to the classroom, they are everywhere. Teaching is noble duty. A teacher can change the world with a story, a smile, a word of encouragement, a correction, a push.

I am grateful to all the teachers that I have learnt at the feet. I am who I am today because you played your role in my life. I pray that God will help us to play a vital role in someone else’s life.

You can share your story of the teacher that  inspired you the most. We love to hear from you.

One love people

 

Hello friends,greetings from my world. I have a project I do every September. I started last year and it was a success. Now it’s that time again. It’s BACK TO SCHOOL RURAL OUTREACH. As we know , everything that has a beginning has an end. It is not all children that look forward to start a new school session because of the lack of some basic school materials. We want to help some of these children. Our focus is to provide school items and writing materials for children in the rural area. Last year, we shared water bottles, food baskets, writing materials. This year we want to add a beautiful twist to it.

How many third terms have you wondered what you will do with the books your kids used? Sometimes, they sit in a corner of the house as junks and other times, kids tear them up.

Do you know that most kids in the rural areas don’t have access to text books and story books. They don’t know the magic our kids find in books. Let us change their world by giving them the used text books instead of throwing them away or burning them. So, as the kids haven come home, sort out those text books they won’t use again and send to us. We want to send 1000 children back to school with joy. 

Do you also know that with 500 naira, a kid will have a water bottle, some pencils and colour pencil for school. *500 naira*. How many children can you sponsor? One, Three, Ten, Hundred? Every labour of love with be appreciated. Send me a message and let me know how you want to partner with us. God bless us. Do not let distance to be a barrier.

MORE PICTURES FROM MAY 26TH, 2017

The girls showing off their sanitary pads and books
The senior boys were not left out

The girls showing off their sanitary pads and books
The boys are ready for puberty. Thanks to uncle Amos
There’s joy in bringing positive change through information
Snacks time
Every child deserves to be happy.