Last weekend, I was part of a team of volunteers that worked in the do_action Lagos 2018. What is do_action?
do_action is a charity hackathon that uses WordPress to uplift local communities.
do_action hackathons are community-organised events that are focused on using WordPress to give deserving charitable organisations their own online presence. Each do_action event includes participants from the local WordPress community coming together to plan and build brand new websites for a number of local organisations in one day.
from the do_action website
A month ago, when I was asked about volunteering, I was sure I would not be able to participate because I could not see how I would be able to balance my time. The worst thing would be to volunteer, then not be able to show up or help. I was able to offer assistance a few days before the event though, and I am glad I could still find a place.
I was the official assistant to the convener, Mary Job, for the day. This means I was everywhere and running all over the place. I enjoyed it. My joy increased when I realized that one of my friends who runs an NGO made it to the final list that would be assisted.
The five NGOs that got websites that day were REEL Foundation, Life’s Beacon Initiative, St. Don Bosco Foundation, Seedtime Foundation, and Al Hurriyah Foundation. I spent most of my time working with the Don Bosco team.
Here are more pictures from the event:
Last month, I got a jolt. I wished an old friend “Happy Birthday” two days before activity on her Facebook wall indicated that she was dead.
Not only dead, Ada had been dead for two years. I was numb.
Then I checked instagram, to try to buzz another old friend and be the first to wish him a Happy Birthday at midnight, only to see that he has cancer and was in need of funds for his second chemotherapy session.
I have since reached out to tried to create awareness verbally, as well as donate a small token myself.
I am happy to report that he has finished his chemotherapy session and is clear.
We hope he remains a cancer survivor and never goes into remission. Please join us in prayers that Chuks will continue to win over this situation.
Moral of this story: Reach out to your friends once in a while, especially old ones that you hardly hear from. Say hello and actually solicit a response. You never know what they may be going through. And I hope its not too late, like it was for Ada.
Once again, the Girls4ICT Day has come and gone. It was a lovely day, and we were able to host more girls from more schools this year.
, we hosted less than 200 girls, but this year we had double that number. Hassan Abdul, of Media Range Ltd, one of the partner companies that made it happen, said it better:
So what was my Good Deed?
As part of the organizing team, we were able to facilitate procurement of souvenirs for the student attendees, some of them from WordPress. I also was able to join via Skype, from Lagos to speak to the girls.
Although the connection was really choppy (blame the country’s connectivity problems), here is what I tried to pass across:
- Be yourself
- Never stop learning
- Never let your gender hold you back – things are a lot friendlier towards women in the IT industry now, so use it to your advantage.
- Don’t forget yourself – take time off, exercise, do your hair, look good and relax.
- Listen then sieve – listening to advice is polite, but it does not mean you have to take all the advice you receive. Sieve out what is not beneficial. Focus on what will advance you towards your career goals.
- Make YOU happy – in every situation, focus on doing things that will give you joy, because at the end of the day, only you live inside your skin (except the times you are pregnant :D). Do what wont make you sad, bitter or angry with yourself later.
- Focus – focus on achieving your academic goals. Romance will come later, trust me.