Today is the Beginning of my birthday month so I’m super excited. It’s not just because on the 24th I will be a year older( officially) but because on several Facebook posts, I see details on fundraising account details and drop off centres for Victims of the flood in Makurdi.
For close to two weeks the world has been agog with talks of the flood in Houston- Texas. Hashtags went up, ‘ pray for Texas’, Volunteers from Neighbouring cities dragged their boats and supplies to help victims : some had lost their lives, many their homes. Nigerians joined in: a hashtag, a word of encouragement. Then came low key reportage of a flood in Makurdi in Nigeria. Thousands had been displaced but news on it remained low key.
Gradually, the posts started to come in: ‘ Why don’t we have a hashtag for Markurdi? This Facebook update did it for me:
What Nigerians are learning from Texans
These are the thoughts I shared on my Facebook page yesterday:
One thing we can learn from Hurricane Harvey’s visit to Texas: when it affects one part of Nigeria, it affects all. We too need to set up distribution centres and fundraiser accounts for victims of the disasters we’ve seen in Makurdi👇🏾, Maiduguri, Kaduna, Lagos and any other part of the country i may have missed out on. We don’t always have to look to the government; this is one aspect we can control to an extent.
A friend posted account details by way of comment:
Support Dr Kwen’s relief team
Kwen Daniel Terkumbur,GTBank 0116291920 Call: 08036651757,08099352687
Drop Off Centres
If you can, send a contribution through these accounts and drop off Centres. I will update other Centres as I find them.
Cheers to the weekend!