I knew I had it in me, the passion for other people and when my mentor and tutor passed on (Sis Aramide of blessed memory) my dream to start out on my own was rekindled.
With candid advises and words of encouragement from World Pulse, I took the bold step to start off my own NGO.
With the backing of God, I embarked on my first charity journey to Imoshe, Ogun state.
Imoshe is a place where people are never willing to visit but it also a place where people are in dire need of basic household items and food.
The journey to Imoshe on 19 September 2020 required courage. To get there, GIRLS MENTORING INITIATIVE team had to use canoe, it was a first time experience for many of us. The journey was frightening as it was fun.
I never knew tears could flow freely from ones eyes until I arrived Imoshe. Did I mention that Imoshe was exactly where I wanted? I wanted to touch the lives of people who had been abandoned, neglected and almost forgotten.
We had tagged our visit to Imoshe "Back To School Give Away" because the lockdown imposed by the government was starting to ease and I knew how the people of Imoshe would desperately need household items and food.
On arriving Imoshe, I was teary-eyed. Sometimes, I think I have seen the worst of the worst but there are places that are worster, permit me to use that word.
We met with orphans, widows, teenage girls but concerntared more on the orphans and teenage girls given the supplies that we had with us. We wish we had more, I mean so much more.
We interacted with the people of Imoshe and met different cases but one of the most touchy was the story of a 12 year old girl, Aisha. She said she sleeps with boys and men for 100 naira, as in, one hundred naira just to feed her two younger brothers. We could not hold back the tears.
So many stories brought tears to my eyes and I wished I could do more. I wanted to reach out to them more people in Imoshe, provide more food, more medical supplies, teach them on hygiene especially during their menstral flow as all of them are used to using pieces of clothes instead of Sanitary Pads.
With the supplies in hand, we were able to impact the lives of 30 girls and Children. GMI was able to do this little shown in the picture and we hope to do more looking at November. If all things work according to my heart desire I would love to return to Imoshe in November, but in all I"m most grateful for the opportunity to serve these ones and we hope to continue to reach out to them.
As we ferried back home, the memories of Imoshe stuck with me and the evergreen song of Michael Jackson, "Heal The World" played in my mind.
I reckoned, we need to make the world a better place for you and for me and the entire human race.