Christmas celebration at Paparanda Square

The fact that there are those in our society who will not have the feel of what Christmas looks like prompted the need for the HEAL team to bring together some less privileged children and even adults in Lokoja at the Paparanda Square on Thursday, 21st December, 2017 to merry and and share good tidings with them.

According to the founder and Executive Director, Dr. Kelechi Okoro, "we are always excited to be a source of joy to the children in the slums. We know that these children might no have the luxury to enjoy the festive period as they would love to, so we see the need to hang out with the, to accord them some love and sense of belonging".

The hang out which recorded almost 300 participants majorly kids, was filled with excitement as Santa Claus was on ground to welcome the kids into the Paparanda Square.

The most impacting moments of the groove was opened by the Kogi State Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Comrade Oladele John Nihi when he awarded a nine year old primary five Miss Jennifer an educational scholarship for winning a dance competition. The scholarship shall run till she reaches first year in the tertiary institution. In addition, Five thousand Naira cash gift was given her and another male child who participated.

A male orphan who has no means to get any education will now be sponsored till his university, courtesy of Mr. Zakari Musa, one of our patrons who was present at the event. Four year old, “Young Alhaji” as popularly called received his school fee for next academic year instantly, courtesy of Dr. Adams Abdulazeez, another patron.

Another scholarship award was given courtesy of the legendary JFO, Founder of BetaKogi & 1Love Foundation.  "Baba JFO" as fondly called, invested quality energy in miming several Christmas songs to merry and cheer up the kids. All invited guests brought something along to thrill the kids.

There were lots of merrymaking activities, food, drinks, snacks, souvenirs and a beautiful Christmas cake. The experience also witnessed a deworming session to help the little ones stay healthy. In total, 200 children received a dose of chewable Albendazole tablets.

The children and even parents who were filled with gratitude, joy and merriment continually showered prayers on team for putting together the memorable gathering. It is no doubt that the participants were left with an indelible experience of love and care.

“This would not have been possible without the support we received from friends in the state, even those on my social media. We are overwhelmed by the support we received despite the short notice. Because of you, over 300 people will have something to smile about this yuletide. We can’t thank you enough”, Dr Kelechi said as the event wrapped up.

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