Lagos, Nigeria – February 24, 2018 –Mosquito Village, a settlement in Adidas Community in Ajegunle area of Lagos is the unique community that first experienced the benevolence of African Clean Up Initiative (ACI) Beyond Waste Project in 2018
The community took its name from the state of her environment. History had it that the clustered community was surrounded by pool of stagnant water. The lack of drainage system coupled with the unkept surrounding contributed heavily to the breed of mosquitoes in the area. Presently, there is improvement in the cleanliness of the area with the clearing of the bushes around the area. However lots still needs to be done to improve the wellbeing of this low income community behind Tin Can port.
Team ACI – volunteers and partners – was in the community in the last Saturday in February to show some humanitarian solidarity through the ACI Beyond Waste Project. Beyond Waste Project is the social and health impact project of ACI for slum and low income communities. The exercise which started as early as 9am saw the gathering of children and women for the event. About one hundred and fifty (150) women and children benefited from the exercise. They were given mosquito nets, food items and cloth items. More so, the pregnant women and mothers were addressed by our certified mid-wife and environmentalist, Mrs. Eunice Akhigbe on the good of early breast feeding and the need for maintaining a clean environment in other to reduce the impact of mosquitoes in the community.
“We very well appreciate our volunteers and partners who made the project possible and sucessful – Global Health and ACI Volunteers. We equally want to thank JAFTJAY dance group who entertained in dance our host community. Improving on the wellbeing of people is more of collective effort than individual,” said Mr. Alex Ahkigbe, the Chief Environmental Officer, ACI.
Aside the entertainment and the goodies distributed to contribute in boosting the village standard of living, ACI equally identified some peculiar challenges in the community. The Adidas community which plays home to 3 villages – Oloye Village, Mosquito village and Egun Village has a high number of early girl pregnancies. This situation we learnt was due to parents’ socio-economic challenges, unemployment among the men and youths, poor educational pursuit as a result of finance and poor motivation. ACI would love to do more for this community or others to address their peculiar challenges on board our Beyond Waste Project.
Do reach to us for targeted community development projects on 08033340972, 08066682322 / firstname.lastname@example.org. You can as well reach out to us for partnership and sponsorship on our subsequent projects for the month of April and May. Also reach us if you may like to support the production and distribution of ACI freely distributed environmental magazine.
ACI Green Team, Surulere, Lagos Chapter will stage ‘Keep Surulere Clean’ in Surulere to kick start ACI 2018 community clean up and environmental advocacy exercise. And we will also be reaching out to the pregnant women in Makoko with our Beyond Waste Project in the month of April. Health practitioners and persons willing to give counseling to the women and pregnancy related gift items are welcome. We will be glad to work with you.