Over 100 children have benefited from the Lend a Hand For The Development of Africa – LAHAFRICA through several outreaches across the country.
The non-profit organization carried out these outreaches in line with its mandate to improve the quality of lives of children in low income families and communities. The outreaches include scholarship schemes, access to basic health care, food supplies and sensitization programs.
Abimbola Ajala, the Founder and Executive Director of LAHAfrica while reflecting on 2022 says the organization is ensuring that the underserved communities get equal chance to quality education and basic health care.
“In 2022, our organization had access to greater and better possibilities to accomplish more for the communities we have been called to serve,” Ajala said.
“Through our monthly food drive, the team supported children, women and families with food supplies in communities in Lagos and Niger states.
“We continued with the existing beneficiaries and added 3 new children to the scheme. Much more, a few of our beneficiaries transitioned from a level of education to another.
“Some girls were sponsored to a skill acquisition training to learn tailoring and the art of Makeup/Gele. We also ontinued with our boy child skill acquisition in a football academy,” she said.
The group also fostered several partnerships to start a reading club for Lahakids and ensure exposure to realities beyond their present environment as well as Femconnect to improve menstrual health and alleviate period poverty.
The founder also had a stellar year as she got recognised for her efforts. She came third with what started as the organization coming 3rd in Peak Unstoppable Human of Change and also a nominee for the Award For Humanitarian (NGO category) at the Eloy Awards.
The founder expressed gratitude to her team and partners for their efforts to cater efficiently and effectively.
“LAHAfrica extends a grateful heart to all sponsors, donors, partners, volunteers, team and to all friends of LAHA for the unwavering commitment towards the organization. The impact is tangible and can be seen in the lives of children who are being transformed. The children who had no future are now confident of a better tomorrow. Beyond the slum, there’s a commitment to rewriting their stories and leading them to a greater path.
“It was a great run with a remarkable ending. The resources from donors and partners cannot be denied and this was a major factor in the success of all projects carried out in the year,” she added.
She reiterated the organisation’s intent to reach out to more children in 2023.
“There will be continuation of existing projects such as food drive, skill acquisition, Pad for a Girl Drive and more importantly, the Reading Club in 2023, we are committed to consistently improving the quality of our service to humanity provided through Lend A Hand For Africa while ensuring that all various projects are launched in more communities in Nigeria and across Africa,” she said.