ChiYoWo donated educational, reading, and storybooks to the Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE).
ChiYoWo’s Initiative representatives, Onyeka Titigbe and Lameed Opeyemi, sensitized the children, both boys, and girls, on the need to adopt a good reading culture as it helps to widen their knowledge base and provides them with a heightened sense of self-awareness about their rights. This also includes the confidence to report and prevent potential child abuse at any given time.
Betty Abah, CEE-HOPE’s founder, expressed gratitude for enriching children’s and youths’ lives and described ChiYoWo’s gesture as life-enhancing.
The sensitization talks on sexual violence prevention to these teenagers were simply priceless considering the high incidences of sexual violence especially against young persons that we face in the course of the COVID -19 Pandemic.
Also, as part of activities marking the recent 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence, CEE-HOPE partnered with ChiYoWo and Jabez Place to sensitize children at Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest slum settlement where over 60 children drawn from Makoko and other places across Lagos were actively engaged and empowered.
Jabez Place led by Adesola Alamutu, a gender rights activist and founder of Children and the Environment (CATE), and Iquo Diana-Abasi, a poet and writer, enlightened the children on how to stay safe and avoid being sexually violated, stressing that the COVID-19 period had led to increased rates of rape and other forms of sexual violence. Also in attendance and giving similar advice was Yemi Oni, Head, Legal Services, Lagos State Ministry of Justice.
They encouraged the children to be alert, self-aware, and confident and to report attempted violations to their teachers and other authority figures around them.
Special thanks go out to the Nigerian Schools Foundation (UK) for their continued support to ChiYoWo.