By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
LifeSupport Network, a non-government humanitarian organization at the weekend set the Nation aglow with a colourful celebration during the year’s ‘World Children’s Day’.
The celebration which was held in six states simultaneously featured various events focused on this year’s UNICEF theme designed to appeal to children’s and youth’s natural mentality, preferences and imaginations.
Volunteers of Life Support Network in Delta State, Nigeria collaborated with Volunteers Edo State and were able to raise funds through crowdfunding and self tasking in which they gave financial donations and palliatives to two orphanage homes which they visited in Delta State.
They also spoke to students of Fountain of Joy Schools, Ekpan in Warri, Delta State. Volunteers staged a quiz competition between students of Primary 3, 4 and 5 and prices were given to the winners and gifts given to other members of the class.
The students who expressed their joy thanked LifeSupport Network team for the opportunity given to them to challenge themselves and compete with one another.
The Executive Director, LifeSupport Network, Ogun State Chapter, Oluwatosin Olanrewaju together with a Volunteer, LifeSupport Network held together KKB Schools, in the rural area Likosi community, Shagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Students of the school were made to carry out pitching exercises, re-imagining the future of their dreams. They were divided into four groups and they worked separately in teams through which they developed ideas.
Team 1 made a sketch and pitched on “No hunger among children”, Team 2 sketched and pitched on “Good Education for Children,” Team 3 pitched on “Security and Accommodation for children,” Team 4 pitched on “Quality health care for Children.”
A quiz competition was held to stimulate the thinking capacity of the kids and prices were given out to outstanding performing students.
The President and Chief Executive Officer of Life Support Network, ItunuOluwa Ajayi-Albert was present at KKB Schools to support the outreach due to lack of hands at the event.
Volunteers from Life Support Network were also present at Regium International School, Ikosi-Ketu Lagos State to commemorate the day with students of the citadel of learning.
The students were spoken to on the role of Health and sexuality on a bright future as well as the importance of mentorship in attaining excellence in life.
This session was anchored by two Volunteers, Ogbo Mercy Oluwaseun and Amah-Mercy Samuel.
The session was followed with a heated Interactive session with questions pouring in from students and answers been given by the adequately prepared volunteers of Life Support Network.
The outreach to the school was wrapped up with a spelling bee competition which was anchored by Volunteer Temitope Samuel.
LifeSupport Network in Oyo state, Nigeria Partnered with Oral Health Africa Initiative to reach out to Children of Promise Orphanage Home, Ibadan.
The children listened with rapt attention as they were also allowed to expressed what they would like to be in the future.
The visiting Volunteers emphasied the importance of children in the society letting them know that they are full of potentials which when tapped will be useful for a great society and future we all imagine.
A session of career talk, was anchored by Volunteer Comfort Akinwande who encouraged the children to study hard and be smart so as to be a great influence in the Nation, Nigeria. There were moments of quick activities for the children such as singing, clapping and love which made them active.
The Executive Director of the Oral Health Africa Intiative, Dr (Mrs) Blessing Odupitan represented by Mr Daniel Obagunfin appreciated LifeSupport Network for giving them a platform to reach out to the children.
An oral health talk was given by a member of the Oral Health Africa Intiative team after which an Oral examination was carried out and instructions were given for proper monitoring by their caregivers.
The children were excited to have a toothbrush and toothpaste given to them. The session of roleplay revealed the intelligence embedded in our young ones, a president was nominated and allowed to nominate who he will prefer as his ministers.
The participants of the roleplay exercised great comportment and boldness indicating that they can undertake leadership position in future with more training.
There were ministers of Education, Agriculture, Health and Petroleum. They also made comments on the provision of proper and accessible healthcare, good schools and education, provision of food for Children and proper management of natural resources in the Nation.
In Ondo State, LifeSupport Network engaged the children of Ondo State Children’s Home, Oba-ile in Akure city in a session on “Building a better future through investing in children.
This was achored by the Ondo State Executive Director of Life Support Network, in person of Mr. Alegbeleye Lanre Emmanuel.
Followed by this was a time of health exercises.
The children were made to carry out performances such as Musical concert through songs and playing of musical instruments and also by Volunteer members of C.A.C grammar school, Akure. There was time for quiz competition and a speech pitch on “What I want to become in future by the high school students.
The administrative officers and Instructors showed gratitude to LifeSupport Network for the visit to the orphanage home.
Letters for fund sourcing were sent to individuals but nothing was gotten, hence the program was self funded by volunteers.
In Ekiti State, the Executive Director, Tolulope Ayamolowo in company of Volunteers made financial donations and palliatives to the orphanage which was accompanied by a session of speeches to the children of the Orphanage.