By ITUNU AJAYI
AT a period when most people are losing interest in social media due to its many ills, especially after the death of 24-year-old Cynthia Osokogu, who was murdered in cold-blood by friends she met online, a group, Pyramids of the Heart, is exploiting the advantages of the new media.
The group is made up largely of unemployed graduates who all met via Facebook. They had their first face-to-face interaction in Lagos at a beach party and during discussions, discovered they have a common passion, which is taking care of the less privileged.
With this passion, their friendship was taken to a higher level when they began reaching out to members of the society to cater for the less privileged. This initiative saw them donating food items, utility and household materials, clothes and other necessities to orphanages in major cities like Kano, Lagos, Ibadan, Abeokuta and recently, Abuja.
At the Heritage Orphanage in Gwarinpa, Abuja, the group donated a washing machine, clothes, food items, toys and other household materials for the children. President of the group, Dare Johnson, said what informed the choice of the name is that pyramid signifies networking, especially with people of like-minds and hearts.
He said members only get to meet face-to-face whenever they have an outreach. What they need to do is just to discuss the proposed activity during interactions on Facebook.
“The group will be two years old this month. We started the outreach in Kano and our next port of call is Port-Harcourt, to celebrate our second anniversary. We sponsor our activities through members’ donation and families who believe in what we are doing. Right now, we are paying school fees of two children apart from our activities, which we hope to sustain until they acquire university education,” he said.
Matron of the Heritage Orphanage, Mrs. Rachael Atoyebi, told The Guardian that the passion for taking care of less privileged children motivated the women wing of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) to set up the home. Some of the children, she said, lost their mothers during childbirth, while others were abandoned and brought to the home by the police.