By Tamutswa Mahari
On Saturday 26 August, the Nigerian Society executive committee engaged in a community outreach project which involved visiting a child and youth care center in Woodstock named Lawrence House. The center is home to 24 children, aged between 9 and 18, and specialises in the care and protection of unaccompanied foreign minors and refugee children, as well as children who have experienced trauma. The head caregivers, who have been with Lawrence House for the past 20 years, emphasize the importance of assisting each child develop in a stable environment despite their individual experiences.
The committee, which comprised of four young ladies named Deborah Aderibigbe, Peace Francis, Rebecca Simbi and Felicia Bajomo, visited the orphanage with clothing and nonperishable food collected from the society. Along with the donated gifts, the ladies provided a morning of discussion and mentoring for the children. With many of the children being in grade 9 and above, the ladies could give insight into university life and what to look forward to if they decide to further their education past matriculation.
The ladies had the opportunity to spend one on one time with many of the children and got to know the children for whom they had brought donations. Many of the children, particularly the girls found it very beneficial to speak to the ladies, as it allowed them the chance to speak to people closer to their age group and the executive committee could provide an older perspective as well as providing advice for issues.
Although the visit was a few hours of time spent with the children, the executive committee assured caregivers that it is the beginning of many more, as they plan to continue helping to the best of their abilities and striving to maintain relationships formed with the children.
To donate or volunteer visit the Lawrence House website