20 indigents benefit in Kit-a-Child project
About 20 indigent pupils in Lagos State have benefited from the Kit-a-Child project, an initiative positioned to empower the less-privileged primary school children, who have distinguished themselves in exhibiting good morals, compassion acts, neatness, and academic excellence.
The beneficiaries, who are students of Itedo Community Nursery and Primary School (ICNPS), Itedo Lekki Phase I, were empowered with 40 school uniforms, and 20 branded school bags, while 500 exercise books were donated to the school.
The school environment was also sanitised, as it was surrounded by hips of dumps given to its location at the Itedo market, which inadvertently posed great health and sanitation risks to the pupils and staff of the school.
The Kit-a-child project is an initiative of the Mama Mary Foundation (MMF), a not-for-profit organisation, aimed at empowering the underserved pupils in public primary schools, and help boost their academic performance.
Speaking during the outreach, Co-Founder, MMF, Eme Agha, said the yearly programme is focused on the underserved children who are really in need, to impact them, and encourage them to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Her words: “We have told the children that this is just the beginning. By the end of the session, we are going to reward the children who have mostly improved in all those core areas of interest.
“We expect to see the children striving to improve in these different areas. By the end of the academic year, we will make them MMF ambassadors, inclusive of cash gifts for exceptional pupils. We are building morals in these children for them to also have compassion for all.”
Meanwhile, she called on the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), to ensure the regular removal of waste dumps around the school premises, due to its nearness to the market.
In her remarks, School Manager, ICNPS, Bertha Alaribe, said with this kind of initiative, the children are encouraged and motivated to strive for excellence both in their academics and in their daily lives.
“It was a great day for the children because they were presented with numerous gifts. Before now, some of the students feel shy to play with others because of their torn school uniforms but have gotten a pair each, the children are encouraged to be confident and pay attention in the class,” she said.
The Foundation rewarded the school’s cultural group with the sum of N10,000, fed 400 children, and gave out other gift items to the students.