By Sunday Awosoro.
Aside the existing natural disasters and conflicts, the Covid-19 had only left hardship – hunger, as poverty increases globally.
Its grave impact, which on people with economically stable status, still serve as thorns on skins, has worsened situations of the less privileged across the world.
Verifiably and according to the United Nations (UN), it was forcasted that 235 million people are expected to be in need of humanitarian aids in 2021, which is 40 percent above year 2020’s.
“In December 2020, OCHA, UN’s emergency aid office had solicited 35 million dollars to provide shelter and medical care for 160 million people in 56 countries, in 2021,” said Premium Times.
However, the amount appealed for is lower, compared to 2020’s $39 billion, which it only raised half of it in November.
“The situation going into 2021 is that there are more in need, but that doesn’t mean that the response they require is the same,” Jens Laerke, OCHA spokesperson, said.
Amidst the impacts of Covid-19, Aderolayo Olowodola, a student of Corona Secondary School, Lagos, has on Wednesday 12th of May, 2021, put smiles on the faces of the staff and students of Morit International School, located at Ajegunle Apapa, Lagos State, by presenting the school a cheque of one hundred thousand naira.
This, he did as his own contribution towards aiding the education of the less privileged children, in his community.
The Vent Republic gathered that Aderolayo had earlier been gathering cans and bottles, as a practical aspect of his extra curricular activities, in school.
“The money was raised through his pet project, the Can Can Project which involved the gathering and sale of used bottles,” his father, Mr. Olowodola said.
The proprietor, Mr. Patrick Mbamarah, who couldn’t contain his joy, thanked Aderolayo as he received the donation. He also commended Corona Secondary School, “for the massive support for his vision of providing education for the children from humble background”.
Also present, at the occasion were: Aderolayo’s mother, Mrs. Olowodola; his sister, Miss. Adekunfola Olowodola; the Head, Co-Curricular Activities (HCAA), Corona Secondary School, Mrs. Ibironke Sonuga; and the Deputy Head, Co-curricular Activities (DHCCA), Mr. Luga Iorver.
Philanthropy involves charitable giving to worthy causes. According to Adam Hayes, an expert in economics and behavioral finance, it dates back to Greek society.
“The famous philosopher Plato, in 374 B.C, for example, in his will, instructed his nephew to use the proceeds of the family farm to fund the academy that Plato founded. The money helped students and faculty keep the academy running,” he said, in his publication.