Friday, June 1, 2012


Mrs. Mbanisi hugs a child at the children's Day party organised by her ngo, Healing Hearts Foundation for public primary schools in Isolo, Lagos, recently.
Recently, pupils of the Estate Nursery and Primary School Isolo and five other public schools from around the low-income areas of Oshodi-Isolo area of Lagos had a blast that would last in their young memories in a long time.
On May 26, the Healing Heart Foundation, a charity, nongovernmental organisation, threw a children’s party to mark this year’s children’s day.
Educative and entertaining programes were packaged by the foundation to commemorate this year’s tomorrow’s leaders’ day with the theme : “Treasure Our Children”.
Commenting on the organisation’s decision to mark the occasion for children, the president of the NGO, Rev. (Mrs.) Sophy Mbanisi said : “catering for the poor and needy in our society is our responsibility in Healing Heart, while showing love to humanity is one of our organisation’s goals. These children are God’s gifts to us, and it is our duty to celebrate and make life sweet for them’’, she said. ‘’ They are our hope, joy, life and security for tomorrow. It is because of them we (parents) toil day and night to see that they are properly positioned in the society in future. They deserve the best as leaders of tomorrow; Nigeria’s hope rests on these little ones. They are indeed our treasure,” she added.
Present to celebrate and educate the children on the benefits of writing as a career was Mrs. Betty Abah, an award winning journalist is a poet who has authored several books. She is the gender focal person of Environmental Rights Action (ERA, an NGO). She advised the children against losing focus through peer pressures and to endeavour to read so as to be good leaders, professionals and writers in the future.
A representative of the Bring-Back the Book, an initiative of President Jonathan, Mr. Nsikan Udo, a programme manager advised the pupils as well as donated reading and writing materials to them and their schools.
Mr. Atanda Shobowale and Mr. Oladipo K.M. from School Services in Local Government Education Authority Oshodi/Isolo graced the occasion.
Activities ranging from debate, games, drama, dancing competition, cultural dance and poem recitals were performed by the children.
The icing on the cake was the cutting of the birthday cake by children born in the month of May. The cake was provided by Mrs. Mbanisi, who incidentally was also born in the month of May.
Corporate bodies like Nestle Foods, Ranona Limited and Dansa Foods donated their products for the events.

Children's display at Estate Nursery and Primary school, Isolo, Lagos

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