Projects
Annual Christmas Food Kitchen
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Christmas is an awesome time for Kinnecters – a season of merriment, and a chance to give back. Every year, Kinnect volunteers come together to serve a community in need during Christmas Eve.
In 2014, Kinnecters served in Makoko and distributed meals to over 400 residents, as well as distributed clothes, shoes and food items.

In 2015, we served in Ajegunle, this time with over 500 residents served, and gifts, books, and clothes distributed through the LOTS Charity foundation.

In 2016, we served in Obalende alongside Eti-Osa Youth Development Initiative, and hosted 1,000 residents, and distributed toys and books to over 200 children within the community.

In 2017, we collaborated with Beyond Usual NGO and served 700 residents of the Ikota community, and distributed clothes and shoes to over 300 residents with a particular focus on the children, youths, and women.

Our corporate partner for the Annual Food Kitchen is Chops by Rera. Find out more about Chops by Rera here.


Kinnect Christmas Charity Drive 2016 – Spreading Cheer to the North
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Recognizing the displacement of people from the insecurity and insurgencies in Northern Nigeria, the Kinnect team’s Christmas Charity drive raised funds for the purchase of food and other basic household materials for Nigerians in Internally Displaced camps in Borno State.

On the 10th and 11th of January 2017, Kinnect partnered with the Field Protection Unit of the United Nations High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR) and a local NGO, SAHEI to distribute food items to 692 individuals from 90 households in internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Biafra and Fariya communities, Maiduguri Borno state in Northern Nigeria.

The donation and contribution from Kinnect were distributed to the most vulnerable in the two host communities; Biafra and Fariya.


Library Project for LEA Community Primary School, Waru
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As part of our communities to ensuring education for all, Kinnect supported an initiative by Kinnecter, Odinaka Chukwu, and Chinenye Ezeakor during their National Youth Service year in 2016 to build a library in the Waru community in Abuja, Nigeria. Waru community is located in the Apo area of the Federal Capital Territory with over 4000 residents and currently has one primary school in the community.

However, the primary school lacks a library or any access to exercise books and writing materials and because many of the children are from impoverished families, they cannot afford access to them. As a result, these children lack access to basic qualities and amenities for proper learning. The goal of this project was to improve the education standard and reduce barriers to access to education for children in the Waru community.

Another goal of the project was to bring social awareness to the plight of school institutions and children in impoverished communities. Odinaka and Chineye conducted the project in September 2016 with the support from Kinnect. It catered to 826 students and renovated an empty classroom and turned it into the library. This project provided a space for the students to read and also provided all the students with textbooks, exercise books, school supplies, and writing materials.


Kinnect Supports RWEF’s Christmas School Initiative
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On December 12th and 16th 2013, Kinnect supported the NGO ‘Roots and Wings Educational Foundation’ (RWEF) by recruiting volunteers and raising funds that went towards organizing a Christmas party for two schools – All Saints Primary School and Saint Peters Primary School in Ogun State. Volunteers also helped in the packing of bags and gifts. This program reached over 1,000 children and their teachers. All the children were provided with schoolbags filled with goodies, stationery, and books for the new school year, and for their teachers – hampers, food items, and monetary gifts.
Both schools are in incredibly impoverished communities and many of the children cannot afford schoolbags and books. Through this program, we were able to fill this need, spread Christmas cheer and support RWEF to achieve a successful program.


Project #IStandWithMakoko
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Kinnect 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 their properties, housing and loved ones in the fire outbreak on February 19th 2017. As a result, several people from this community were displaced. On the 4th of March 2017, Akin Adegoke and Kinnecters came together and catered to 800 people by providing them with food, clothes and other necessities the community needed and had lost in the fire.


Fundraised for Project Alert on Violence against Women
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We collaborated with Project Alert on Violence against Women to man a table at Petit Marche on December 14th, 2014 where we sold fashion items and children’s clothes donated to us. Proceeds from the sale went towards supporting Project Alert’s Women’s shelter. Project Alert is a women’s rights advocacy group doing important work on rape and abuse. Project Alert runs a women’s shelter that offers refuge to women who have suffered abuse and need a safe place to recuperate. They also offer free legal and psychological counsel to women who have suffered rape or abuse.


White Elephant Gift Exchange Fundraiser
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In collaboration with WhiteSpace Creative Agency in Ikoyi, we hosted a gift exchange and donations collection (clothes, shoes, and funds) for the 2014 Christmas Food Kitchen. The collaboration raised awareness for the Food Kitchen event, as well as collected numerous clothing items, which were distributed during the 2014 Christmas event in Makoko.