It’s been said that you never know what’s around you until you take that one step outside your comfort zone. This has never been as true as what I experienced in Leleyi-Gwari Community in FCT with Action Aid Nigeria.
I had always known that Action Aid were into community fundraising, but a part of me didn’t know how deep it ran in their blood until when I was approached to take a journey with them into the heart of FCT, to meet and spend time with a community I had never heard about before in my life – The Leleyi-Gwari.
A Community of a little over 2000 people with a very uncomfortable access road – but amazing resilience and dogged nature. They had no electricity, just 2 working boreholes, one School (with one class per level), a hospital, (that had no functioning drugs) and yet lived very full lives. I met a girl who was almost kidnapped but was saved last minute. And a woman who for lack of hospital amenities almost lost her baby cause she had to walk almost an hour to the nearest hospital.
At the end, we recorded a song – which we hope will be made available once its ready for y’all to listen to, and maybe purchase as part of your support. I don’t know, Action Aid has to decide.
Going to school at 8am
Happy Children (Take a look at the roof)
Distance from the community to the school isn’t far…
Action Aid Nigeria does this everytime. I was happy to be a part this once.
They had make shift guitars
played a short song for them at school
The very cool people at Action Aid and myself..
I tried not to cut my hands off.
At the hospital, with the women of the community
She was my guide, and a fast teacher!
The able Dr. Seaman, directing
On the far right, the Country Director herself, Mrs. Ojobo, Dr. Tunde Aremu & Zainab Balami. They made the task much more easier. 🙂
And a member of my own team, David!
At the end, I was left with just one question – what would it take to make life a little easier for these ones? To make this trip worthwhile & unforgettable? According to Action Aid Nigeria, all you need is N2000. (Visit actionaid.org/nigeria)
The entire experience in itself was humbling. I will also make my own donation to the cause – and so should you, as it will go a long way in seeing these kids and the entire community reach their full potential.
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