I believe that you don't need to posses gold, silver or an oil well before you can shine light into the world.
If a man truly desires to move the world, if must first move himself and the things around him.
When I first came across the one meal a day campaign by @damarth, it occurred to me just how much change we can make to this world with as little as 1sbd. In february, my friend @joshuaetim visited me in Northern Nigeria, and while we were together the POHI - Products Of Help Initiative - was born.
I took a particular interest in this project because I grew up where an extra biro or book could make all the difference to a child. I never really lack the basic necessities for schooling but I grew up where most kids could not afford enough books for their class subjects. My mum could buy school books and uniforms to a few kids and always taught me to help as much as I can because we can change the world one help at a time.
Last week I visited my hometown together with @joshuaetim who is the initiator of the project. He mentioned his plans to visit a school with some writing materials so I immediately express my interest to join him. But as they say, if your dreams are good enough, God will raise men in the world willing to share in your vision. So, before we could say jack, we already have a community of volunteers willing to join us.
So, on thursday 31st June we took to the road and headed to Government Primary school Ikot Ese, Akwa Ibom state with books, pens, pencils, snacks and above all words of wisdom.
I love kids and I have been teaching kids most of my life. When I saw the children, I knew I'll have to do what I love doing the most thought this was a different case as the kids are in villages where words like internet sounded like foreign languages to them. So, i did my best to imprint an image with the limitless possibilities of the internet/blockchain in their heart.
I asked a few kids what they want to do as adult and I received response such as doctor, nurse, mechanical engineer etc. I told them to have a dream where they will connect to millions around the world through the internet. Then we and the kids started saying;
I will change the world around me through the power of the internet and the blockchain.
They said it over and over and over till I am sure they believe in what they say. I know they might not understand the word internet or blockchain. But they now have a world of endless possibilities in their hearts.
@annieben talking to the kids.
Then came this lady @annieben, she reminded me of a friend @prettyjules158. This was our first time meeting each other and she taught me how to show real love to children. She spoke to them in their local dialect 'Ibibio' about love, sharing and giving. She doesn't mind playing in the sand with the kids if that will make them happy.
Then @joshuaetim donated books and school uniforms for kids with torn out uniforms or those wearing a different uniform that needed money for sewing of this uniforms.
I remember when we were discussing what to get for the kids and someone mentioned that no matter what we donate food and snacks must follow to complete the happiness. So, after the donation we opened the floodgates with snacks and juice even for the teachers. And you know what they say about the connection between a filled stomach and a happy heart.
Well, that was a better way for us to put just a little over 51sbd to use than if we had bought some beer and Ishewu for ourselves. I was really glad to be part of this movement.
Thanks to the following people
@ungest, the smiling man behind the camera.
let's change the world, one help at a time.