From Kutara : Sharing love
Nigerians living in Lagos woke up to the news of the death of an amazing, super-talented On-Air Personality. One of the eulogies read “may a life well lived be measured by the number of lives we touched”. Sept 1, 2018, a group of young people headed out of Abuja amidst the impending rainfall to touch many lives and I will take you through their journey.
If you are a frequent visitor on the blog you would have read of previous visits to Kutara Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp located in Nasarawa State. This was our third visit and it was all shades of awesome. Kutara Camp has come to mean more than another IDP camp to us, we’ve become friends. No visit is ever the same, palpitations, fear of what if’s and a host of many other anxious questions.
But God always always shows up. How can you explain receiving eleven bags of Clothes, Medicines from Lagos, 39 solar lanterns that can also charge phones from Port-Harcourt. If I was ever in doubt, the event of the August 30, 2018 proved that God’s hand was on this project. We had spent some good money on logistics for the items coming in from Lagos and got another bill for Port-Harcourt. We were going back and forth with the amount, I eventually decided to propose N25,000.00. The logistics company agreed, the moment I made a transfer, in less than 5 mins I got a credit alert of N25,000.00. I initially thought the money bounced back but read the text well and it was donation for the visit. My friend would have transferred it any other time and I would have been excited, but the timing was everything.
Below is a summary of the visit
- We were 43 volunteers during the visit.
- We conducted oral hygiene examination, the team comprised of five dental therapists, working in two pairs with a team leader. 80 individuals were examined ranging from children to adults.
- Medical Team – The team comprised of three doctors, five medical laboratory scientists and one pharmacist. Over 50 children were tested for Hepatitis
- Public Health – This session was with the women. We focused on Personal hygiene and general cleanliness, benefits of incorporating herbs and healthy vegetables into their diet and skincare recipes using home made products.
The visit was a huge improvement from the previous ones. Did I mention I was christened Mama-Camp and we received a welcome song. My heart was literally full on that day. I couldn’t have asked for anything else. The current statistics of the camp: 70 households/men, 68 women, 230 children and youth. We are planning to create a lasting memory through a Christmas party on December 15, 2018. If you want to be a part of it, through donations, volunteering, please see the flyer.
Loads of Love
On behalf of Friends of Kutara