Sijibomi Ogundele rescues a pregnant hawker from the streets and sets her for a better life
According to Sijibomi Ogundele:
Remember the young pregnant lady who was hawking under the blazing sun last December, and my team and I decided to make her day by purchasing her wares, giving her a basket, and giving her money?
I’d been hoping to leave a lasting impression on her and her unborn kid, so I was relieved when we finally saw her in person yesterday, only to learn that she had lost the baby owing to prolonged labour and a lack of competent medical care. I was completely distraught and heartbroken! The plight of women in this country is tragic, and I am convinced that much more can be done in the health sector.
Despite the bad news and everything she’s been through, her attitude of tenacity and gratitude for life has inspired me to want to do more for her. As a result, we’ve decided to provide her with adequate housing, open a shop in an area of her choosing, and supply it so she won’t have to hawk again. The aim is to see how we can help other women like her by empowering them, getting them off the streets, providing mentorship, and giving them a fresh start.
This is not a publicity stunt in my opinion. Giving back to the community is more than a PR stunt for me; it’s a way of life. My mother, the No. 1 Motomatician, instilled in me the value of generosity by telling me, “ọwọ́ olùfúnni kì í ṣaláìní” which means “the hand of a giver never lacks.”
More importantly, I’m putting this out there so that we can be more sensitive to the needs of women in our community, especially in this difficult time in our country when costs continue to rise. When your neighbour is hungry, I suppose your chicken is in jeopardy. Things are difficult, and I encourage everyone to do everything they can, in their own small manner, to lend a hand and put a smile on someone’s face.
One good deed can transform a person’s life forever!
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