27th May was Children's Day. Do you remember how we used to celebrate it? Do you remember the fun, the match pass, the awards… do you remember your childhood?
Today our stadiums are empty, there are no match pass, our children are cringing in fear at home, in fear of what we and our nation has become they are children but their childhood has been stolen. I hope when they grow up they will forgive this nation, us, for stealing their childhood.
As we focus on the Chibok girls and demand for their unconditional release, let’s not forget the other children we have at home, the ones hiding right now under their beds in fear of a nation that is at the verge of losing its humanity. These children are with us, they are not in Boko Haram camp but their lives are not any less miserable: they are with us but they are famished; they with us but can’t afford school fees.
We have done so much with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, but sadly our girls are not back and sadly the truth is you can’t drive significant change with a hashtag, we know you want to do more, we are offering you the opportunity to do just that. Lets go beyond #BringBackOurGirls. Let’s keep demanding their release, let’s keep praying for them and let the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls keep spreading but let’s join the campaign to cater for the poor miserable kids in our midst.
This is the campaign CORAfrica has been championing for years; now we are asking you to join us: as we raise money to feed, clothe, house and educate vulnerable rural children. These kids are already with us in the St Joseph Schools and Orphanage, Idum, Mbube, Cross River State. You can pay them a visit and share your time and resources with them. You can join others in paying the fees of an orphan by texting “Switch, Fees” to 35811 @100 per sms. If you think you can do more than this, pay your widow’s mith into our accounts; Account Name: CHILDREN OF RURAL AFRICA; Domiciliary Account No: 5070076391; Current Account No: 1011858471; Bank: Zenith.
So what will you do right now to drive real change, to go beyond hashtags? We can’t go to Sambisa forest to release our girls but we can help an orphaned girl in the village get free healthcare, food, clean water and quality education. With just N100 (less than a dollar) you can buy a child a pen and 2 exercise books; N1000 can buy a school uniform; N5000 can buy a child a pen, books, uniforms and pay school fees.
So what will you do? Will you share this message with the same passion you shared #BringBackOurGirls? Will you rather spend N100 downloading videos mocking our Firstlady or you will use it to sms “Switch, fees” to 35811 for a child’s fees? Will you join us to give back to our kids their stolen childhood or you will mock, keep silent and do nothing at a time like this?
I agree you can’t do much when our kids are abducted from their school… but you can do something now to send a rural child to school… even with just a N100. Lets join hands and win a victory over child molesters… lets join hands and regain our humanity. At least we can do this one… let’s do it!
For further information you can visit:
CORAfrica Office, #14 Ubiaja Crescent, Garki II, Abuja.
#29 Gakim Road, Abouchiche, Cross River State.
St Joseph’s School and Orphanage, Idum, Mbube, Cross River State.
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