Campaign Update

Our Young Mothers Celebrated Christmas In Style

Aramide Oikelome
Posted December 31, 2017 from Nigeria
Members of the adolescent mothers club receiving their gifts (1/6)

The campaign for a second chance for adolescent mothers which started shortly after the Advanced Digital Changemaker training program in May 2017, took a dramatic and fulfilling turn towards the end of the year as some of our young mothers at Ijegun.

In spite of our daunting financial challenge, which somewhat slowed down our plans and activities to empower them, Bose Jamiu (mother of three) refused to give in. With the support and encouragement of Aisha and Adeola, they trio pulled their meagre resources together and bought half of the chemicals needed to produce some bar soaps. But they could not get everything. They needed more.

I was encouraged by their zeal and commitment, hence I gave them money to buy the remaining materials and produce the soaps as taught by our facilitator in August.

It was therefore a very exciting experience for me to market their products at the End Year party we had for Ijegun community on 23rd December. In attendance where 40 widows, 106 youths, mostly girls, 50 vulnerable children and 10 adolescent mothers.

Of course, we had some gifts for all, which included rice, noodles, toiletries, clothings etc, which were donated by friends and family. And for the young mothers, we also had children’s diapers and medications as donated by pharmaceutical companies. We also had snacks and drinks for all.

We did have fun and our young mothers were particularly thrilled as it was their first time to be showered with so much love, warmth, acceptance and gifts for their children. They could not contain their joy and appreciation.

It feels good to end the year on this promising note. We are very hopeful that the coming year will be very bright. We will surely achieve much more!

On behalf of our adolescent mothers, I want to say Thank you for giving us a second chance to life and happiness.

Happy New Year to all our supporters and encouragers! We love you all!

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  • Tamarack Verrall
    Jan 01
    Jan 01

    Dear Aramide,

    This is a story to celebrate. It is so encouraging to read about the continuing of plans despite setbacks, the success of the soap making, and the year end party that brought in which many young women had the new experience of being surrounded with such love. Your work, and that of Bose Jamiu, show what determined women can do. 

    Best wishes for expansion with fewer problems in the new year.

    With love in sisterhood,

    Tam

  • Aramide Oikelome
    Jan 03
    Jan 03

    Dear Tam,

    Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement. You are part of the wings that make us fly. 

    We trust that Year 2018 will birth great expansion and position impact on the lives of our young moms!

    Sending Love &Blessings!

    Aramide

  • Nusrat Ara
    Jan 10
    Jan 10

    Dear Aramide, it is so good to read about some positive news. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work. 

  • Aramide Oikelome
    Jan 15
    Jan 15

    Thank you Nusrat Ara!

    We trust that Year 2018 shall bring forth more positive and inspiring news. It can only get better!

    Keep up the good work at your end too.

    In Partnership,

    Aramide

  • Wendy Stebbins
    Jan 22
    Jan 22

    This is a wonderful action you took for Christmas. The memory of it will stay with these girls always. Keep up the great work.