By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
It was an event filled with excitement, joy and surprises, as an NGO, Hope for the Village Child Foundation (HVCF), hosted some rural children from different communities in Chikun and Igabi Local Government Areas in Kaduna State to a Funfair as part of activities to celebrate the 2022, Children’s Day.
Nigeria set aside 27th of May every year to celebrate children Nationwide, following the International Children’s Day, declaration on 1st June 1925 during the World Conference on the Welfare of Children adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20th.
This day has been celebrated globally, but mostly in the urban centres without considering the rural children. This according to Salama Ibrahim, of HVCF, was the reason the NGO, decided to organized a funfair for their “Local Right Partners (LRP)” rural children to celebrate the 2022 Children’s Day, with the theme “A Better Future for Every Child”.
“Although children have been assigned this day to be celebrated, children in the rural communities are often left out in this celebration and thus unable to create the fun memories associated with the celebration of this day due to poverty and low level of education of their parents.
“It is for this reason that Hope for the Village Child Foundation an organization that has been working to better the lives of rural children with sponsorship from ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) organized the Funfair.” She said.
The children who could not hide their joy while expressing themselves at the Goshen Garden, thanked organisers of the Funfair for bringing them out of their local community into Kaduna city to an opportunity to mingle with other children from different background.
In his words, one of the children, 14 years old, Hassan Ishaku, a primary four pupil of UBE Rafin Kwarya, said “it is my first time of coming to a playground of this magnitude, where you have children of both the rich and the poor playing, dancing and jumping around together.
“I have made a lots of friends here today, I have learned so many things that I have never see in my life. I am so happy and I thank the people that brought us here today. I appeal that they bring us here again next year, I will so much more appreciate if I would have another opportunity to make more friends.”
Salama, also noted that the children; both Christians and Muslims, were able to learn to tolerate each other and to build team spirit during their participation in different team building games.
“Hosting this event at Alpha games of Goshen garden provided a first time fun experience for these rural children because they had opportunities to see and play in a recreational facility as well as mingle with other children from the city.” She added.
Apart from playing various games and partying with other children, gift items and refreshments were also lavished on the the children.
The children were selected from Rafin Kwarya, Panbawa, Rafin Kara, Kurmin Sara and Panzato communities respectively.