Kinnect once again supported an initiative by a kinnecter, Akin Adegoke, to provide disaster relief materials to residents of the Oko-baba community area of Makoko shanty, Lagos state who lost properties and loved ones in a fire outbreak in the area two weeks prior. On the 4th of March, 2017, kinnecters came together and distributed cloths, food, and mosquito nets to affected persons. It was a successful project as over 800 residents were reached, comprising mostly of women and children.
On the 10th and 11th January 2017, Kinnect partnered with the Field Protection Unit of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and a local NGO, SAHEI to distribute food items to 692 individuals from 90 households in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Biafra and Fariya communities, Maiduguri, Borno state in Northern Nigeria. Food items distributed included rice, beans, garri and groundnut oil and among the beneficiaries were: Pregnant women, Lactating mothers, Single female headed household, Child headed household, Elderly headed household, and Orphans/Separated Children.
For our 3rd annual Christmas Eve Food Kitchen, Kinnecters served in Obalende, a low income community in the Eti-Osa local government area of Lagos. We partnered with Eti-Osa Youth Development Initiative and served meals to over 1000 residents, and also distributed books and gift items to the children. Thanks to everyone who supported with their time and resources.
As part of our commitment to ensuring education for all, Kinnect supported an initiative by Kinnecter, Odinaka Chukwu during her National Youth Service year in 2016 to build a library in the Waru community in Abuja. The library caters to over 800 students and provides a space for them to read, it also provides books and writing materials needed for them to excel in their academics which they otherwise do not have access to.