2018 Good friday has come and gone, but the memory will remain unforgettable for the kids at Divine Wounds of Jesus Christ Orphanage home, Kubwa, Abuja as the Hands on Deck team brought smiles to their faces with gifts and a lot of other memorable experiences.
Following the success of its first crowdpainting charity event in the year 2017 as reported on this blog Hands on Deck 1.o—at the Ondo state children’s home in Akure, CSI media emphasized their commitment to corporate social responsibility by taking the initiative to Abuja.
In a mix of exciting colours, bright ones—yellow and sky blue, gifts and a memorable party, Hands on Deck volunteers ensured that the kids at the Abuja home had an amazing Friday that they would not forget so soon.
There was various side attractions such as music, dancing, a bouncing castle and a popcorn stand. The kids also got to unwind with board games while the painting was going on. There was also enough food and drinks ensuring that the kids enjoyed themselves and saw colours beyond words and the walls.
At Hands on Deck 2018, one of the partners SeedDev curators trained over 100 kids at the orphanage in basic software development using scratch and introduction to digital literacy. Using rhymes and simple visual illustrations, the curators helped to spark digital interest in the kids, igniting little “fire” that may someday become a burning desire to create amazing world class digital solutions.
SeedDev’s Programmes Manager (Middle East & Africa), Watti-Boaz expressed the excitement of the team on working with the children. “We were able to give them a generic overview of computing, computation thinking, programming as well as career paths in tech. Working with the kids was a very exciting experience for us, as we inspired them to understand the importance of digital skills in achieving success in any career they choose”, he added.
The Director of the Home, Ekezimuka Charles expressed excitement at seeing young people give back to the society in terms of charity saying: “It is amazing to see young people actually get involved and do something valuable for the kids. This gesture will teach the kids that no matter where you are coming from, irrespective of backgrounds, you should always remember to give back to the community/society”
On her part, the project manager 1, Martina Awopetu, appreciated the partners, volunteers and those who gave gifts for their efforts in making the children happy.
In the words of Toyosi Ayeleso(Partner CSI Media) he said “#CSIhumans birthed the idea of creating hope for these kids in dire need and our partners and sponsors made it entirely possible. There are no praises to quantify their impact on this project, and the only way to thank them is asking that they stay with us, maintain support, as we maintain our drive towards ensuring continuous impact”
The Divine Wounds of Jesus Christ Orphanage home also runs a school system and a rehabilitation home for vulnerable kids. The kids got clothes, bunks, beds, cupboards, books and other learning materials, slippers, foodstuff and a whole of other gifts.
Some of the partners for the event include Wilsons lemonade, Doxa events, Taking over with our Talents(TOWOT), Grace for all foundation, Yolo, SeedDev and a host of others
The next edition will hold in October 2018 in a city to be announced very soon.