How many of you take time out of your business schedules to volunteer an hour or two for a worthy cause? If you do, great job. I really think it is a great thing to do.
I remember when my sister was between jobs and she was going on how bored she was and what not. I asked her if she had ever been to an orphanage. See, my sister is in Nigeria and I am not. I don’t think the average Nigerian either residing in Nigeria or elsewhere, do a lot of volunteering. It is not because we don’t want to, we just were not brought up like that. We would rather go to church seven times in a week, than for example, go the orphanage down the road and simply read to the kids or paint the walls or something.
Here is a challenge to anyone that reads this, how about you spend an hour or two each month volunteering. Believe me, you will feel good about it. People ask me why I am never bored, trust me, I am never bored. There are a lot of things to do; volunteering is one of those things. Ok, enough about my campaign. LOL.
This weekend, my church hosted the world vision aids experience exhibition. It is kinda difficult to explain, but I will try. It’s a story of four kids living in Africa; Lesotho, Swaziland, Kenya and Uganda. You get to go through a child’s life, what he/she does on a daily basis, how they live, where they live, what happens to their parents etc. At the end of the walk-through, you step into the health clinic to get tested for HIV. You get a red positive sign on the back of your hand, if the child is HIV+ or a black negative sign, if HIV-. Two of the kids tested positive, two don’t. It is so touching and you just have to take yourself out of your own world and step into these kids lives. It is nothing you have experienced before. It is very emotional.
Some of the facts, about 46% of the population in Swaziland have the virus. It is estimated that in our life time, the entire country will cease to exist. Can you imagine, everyone in Oyo State wiped off in your life time? Can you do something? Yes, you can. You can sponsor a child in these countries. Your donation will provide food, education etc for this child.
Africans, Nigerians, this is time we start doing something and stop the plain ass talking. Believe me, that $2500 shoe or bag, will not make you as happy as you think it will. Helping to put a smile on a child’s face is way more rewarding. Take a moment to think about it. Pray about it (you all know we can pray) and do something. Don’t just help with prayers, help with food in their stomach, and help with clean clothes on their backs. I am sure they will be very grateful for all your help.
Above all, get tested. There aint no black or red ink on anyone’s hand for you to know who is positive or negative.
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