As we at SOP Initiative join the rest of the world to mark the 2019 World Humanitarian Day, we identified and profiled some Women Humanitarians in our community – Amuwo Odofin. Of the various nominees mentioned via the result of the survey conducted in the community, stories of 5 of these women were just so captivating, and we had to pay them a courtesy visit to formally present them honorary certificates and inform them of plans to publicly honour them at our Annual Charity Carol Concert – AmuwoCarol come 24th of December 2019.
We have compiled some of these stories below. Feel free to read through, and join in the celebration.
Here are what those who nominated her had to say about ‘Mummy Nurse’ of Festac Extension:
– She is a nurse that treats a lots of families in the estate. She does this selflessly with little cost
– She has been given many emergency calls, even at late hours to help give healthcare services for families in the community, and though she is getting old, she still does this and many families still rely on her services
– She holds fellowship for children in the neighbourhood, teaches them good morals and prays for them
Here is one of the stories about Alhaja Olaiya (a.k.a. Belgium) of Mile 2 Estate, Amuwo Odofin that we can not forget.
A neighbours family once lost their parent and were at their lowest moments. Alhaja made sure that this family of 8 was given 3-square meals everyday for over 6 months.
She has gone ahead to replicate this gesture to many families over the years and has done this via her thriving food business.
Moreover, she has been one of our favourite and most poplular food vendors in the Amuwo Odofin community
Here are what those who nominated her had to say about Abiola Ajewole of Peace Estate, Amuwo Odofin GRA:
– She runs an organization called Hope for The Hungered Foundation aka The Hunger Project, an organization that has fed over 1,000 street children over the years
– She has volunteered with several NGOs over the years to supply free healthcare services to communities
– She started a program called The Weekend Backpack Food Program, a program that provides non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food to children to ensure they get enough food on weekends
– Via her NGO, she takes care of some widows, school fees and medical bills of the poor and needy children
Here are what those who nominated her had to say about Mrs Siwoku of Mile 2 (Jakande Estate):
– She used her small ‘beetle’ car as a ‘school bus’ to transport a lot of children at different hours of the morning to and from their school for a very long time
– She champions community causes, negotiating and sorting out issues with different government parastatals and service providers on behalf of her neighbours when needed
Here are what those who nominated her had to say about Mrs Kuburat Folorunsho Sanni of Festac town:
– She has been empowering women in the Festac community in the fashion design line, giving vocational trainings tirelessly at no cost to those who come around and those she is able to reach out to.
Other women identified as Women Humanitarians (#WonderWomen) in the community include:
6. Mrs. Igbokwe (a.k.a. Mama Nonso) of Festac Town
7. Mrs Olukoshi of Mile 2 Estate
8. Mrs Clementina Amedu of Mile 2 Estate
9. Oladimeji Roseline of Festac town
10. Mrs Mary Olumide (a.k.a. Iya Onituwo) of Mile 2 Estate
11. Christiana Ogbeide (a.k.a. VJ Priceless) of Festac Town