|NGOs cutting Charity Fair cake|
THE premises of Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, was recently blessed with activities as different vendors, non-governmental and not-for-profit organisations across the country held the maiden edition of December Charity Fair.
|KIR Foundation Stand|
|Bitebo Gogo, Founder, KIR Foundation|
Organised by Keep It Real (KIR) Foundation in partnership with Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO), Toru Ofili Foundation (TOF), Children And The Environment (CATE) and Street Child Care Welfare Initiative (SCCWI), the gathering featured presentations from diverse groups, including children from Red Cross Orphanage, Makoko, Lagos.
|Children of Red Cross Orphanage, Matron, KIR members and supporter|
|A guest at a stand|
The presentations of children from Red Cross Orphanage, Makoko, drew tears from many, as they called for help, stating litany of challenges confronting them.
In support of the home, the pupils, ranging from three years to nine, donated one of their art works, Molue — graphic representation Lagos city bus in a rustic suburb of Lagos — which was auctioned for N100, 000.
Various gifts including laptops were also given out to empower some of the street children that had learned some trade and now leading good life.
Also, the winner of Book Reading completition got a laptop and N40, 000 cash prize for his group.
BITEBO Gogo, Founder/ Executive Director of Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation, said, “we have numerous problems in the country and different NGOs doing different things; some of the NGOs don’t even have the opportunity to be heard. I believe if individuals come together and NGOs come under one roof, we would be able to achieve more because with synergy you make more impact.”
|Matro from Red Cross Society|
|Artworks on display at KIR Foundation stand|
Commending the initiative, environmental activist Sola Alamutu of Children And The Environment (CATE), said irrespective of the low turnout, the gathering was a success.
|Sola Alamutu of CATE|