This post represents a new series of posts we shall be publishing on a monthly basis, the aim of which is to highlight or give a summary of all the main activities we have undertaken within the month in question. We shall aim to publish “The Column” series within the last 24 – 48 hours of the month and highlight all of our success stories, as well as our failures in order to keep you posted on how we are doing.
One of our main highlights of the month was reaching out to Optimal Children Home (read more about them here) , a referral that came from a friend of the house. We have had several interactions with the home in evaluating the best ways of supporting their needs and cause. We made donations of clothing items from our Donation Drive initiative and we shall continue to do so for as long as we receive children’s clothes, toys, shoes and books. In addition, we also donated a keyboard, which will help kick-start music lessons in the home.
We continued with our support of Khan Foundation/Khan Foundation Junior Academy, as our contributions shall help support twelve (12) children stay in school within the Makoko community. In view of the upcoming Teachers’ Day on May 7, October Orange Initiative shall support Khan Foundation Junior Academy with a photoshoot which is aimed at profiling the teachers of the academy. Thus bringing attention to the unsung heroes that are helping shape the lives of impoverished children in Makoko.
Also, we would like to take this opportunity to appreciate one of our partners, Washcraft Cleaning Services, who have been truly helpful by offering to launder all clothing received from our Donation Drive for free, as their contribution to the work that we do. Now, that kind of commitment keeps us excited about what the future holds and continues to encourage us with what we do. As at this ‘time’ the next batch of clothing is ready to be shipped off to the laundry and in time they will find a new home and make a few people happier.
Following the reception of our maiden pop up art class and the excitement it generated and in view of its perceived potentials, we decided to create a brand around organising pop up art classes just so that it is able to take on a life of its own. This we did and birthed the “Instaart” idea which you can read about here –> Instaart. We have a few more Instaart engagements lined up for the year and our current focus is with orphanages, before we begin to look at other institutions in 2020. We are also working towards scheduling a paint party event at the end of the year and we do hope we are able to pull it off.
April also saw us initiate a project we are close to finalising, one which we are excited about and hoping will contribute to changing the way people make donations/contributions to worthy causes. In time, we would reveal our ‘secret’ project and we do hope you will participate in making a difference.
As we round up the month of April, we are imbued with a deep sense of gratitude for all that we have experienced and the potential of the opportunities that have been shown to us. And as the month of May comes upon us, it is our wish that we fulfill what lies ahead one experience at a time.