Community Champion: Twelve Years Old Christabel Lapinni Targets Under-Served Community With Project Initiatives
Christabel Lapinni, a 12 year old student of All Souls’ High School, Ibadan Nigeria has launched a community development initiative aimed at empowering under-served communities. According to the report sent to us, during the inauguration of the project, which also marked her twelfth birthday, Christabel’s team worked with other volunteers, professionals and experts to provide eye-care services, school bags and uniforms to 52 children at Ologuneru Community Primary school, Ekerin, Ibadan.
In her opening remark, the celebrant and founder of MindPower Africa, Christabel Lapinni welcomed all the children, explaining her motivation and programme for the needy in Nigeria. She thanked God for the gift of life to mark her 12th birthday and to formally inaugurate a life-time community development and social entrepreneurship project. Over 270 children attended from 5 schools; Ologuneru Community Primary School, Ayodele Memorial school, St James Anglican Primary School, Eleyele Secondary School and Passion Group of Schools.
Other activities included presentation of school bags and uniforms to 52 children by the celebrant, comedy and entertainment by shining Star Dance group, followed by an eye education and examination session by doctors from Joy Optical. Corporate bodies like Foodco Supermarket, Sweetco, Sumal Foods, and other individuals provided refreshments.
Surprisingly, Christabel’s volunteer team included adults like Olaitan Olaoye, Bayo Adegoke, Imisi Olaoye, Jedidiah Lapinni and her parents.
The headmaster of the school, Mr. Femi Alagbe encouraged other children to emulate Christabel and also called on the government and other stakeholders to support such initiatives.