Community outreaches are integral to what we do as a charity because they create opportunities for us to provide services to people in communities who need them the most. In July, we collaborated with Transcorp Hilton to mark their Global Week of Service and I was delegated the task of finding a community that would truly benefit from the service we were going to offer.
I started off by checking Google to find reports on communities in Abuja and their conditions; the search did not yield much, I wanted more information than I was getting. So, I went on to ask people who I know have lived in Abuja for a while and with their knowledge of local communities, I was able to gather some vital information. Waru was described as located in the suburbs of Abuja with apparent deprivations, but a small enough community that could benefit from our intervention. Based on these findings, I finally decided to visit Waru community for a survey.
On arrival to the community, my first port of call was the palace of the Chief who warmly received the ACE Charity team, I informed him of what we do as a charity and the reason for our visit. We enquired about the most prevalent issues that plagued the community and amongst several other issues, the chief complained bitterly about the lack of government support. He mentioned the prevalence of malaria and typhoid as key issues in the community. The frequent occurrence of these illnesses place a heavy demand on out-of-pocket health expenditures. Waru community is home to [···]