Reminisce

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The little things…

Like the decision during my Service year to carry out a Community Development Project…Indeed it was worthwhile.

The dream was heavy…but the little acts within the course of the Project made it worthwhile.

I definitely had to write about this someday…It is better written in retrospect 🙂

It was a Community Library Project inspired by little potent quotes:

“Libraries are our friends.”- Neil Gaiman

The act of Partnership was embraced during the Project…this Dutse Library was renovated in Partnership with NigeriaReads and the ‘great minds of the Library’.

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A blessed Team under the legacy filled name ‘Group of Patriotic Corpers’ consisted in the end of Anu Karunwi, John Odeyiola, Obehi Agbator and Blessing Okoro…(those that endured till the end) 👏

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And definitely…our Community Library Mentor…Kingsley Sintim of @NigeriaReadsNGO We stood on his shoulder all through the Project and indeed saw farther 😃

Now…

“What in the world would we do without our Libraries.”- Katharine Hepburn

This little walk towards a Community Library establishment in the Dutse Alhaji Community was beyond experiential…

It made us pour our hearts to improving the access to core Library facilities…we legit participated in a Library tour #NigeriaReadsandCounts

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Seeing other community Libraries was beyond inspirational…Tasha Community Library and the just concluded Kubo Community Library

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Then…

“Whatever the cost of our Libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”- Walter Cronkite

Through the Strategy, Brand and Legacy periods (pre-planning, planning and post-planning phases)…the launch finally took place on the 15th of October, 2014

It was emotional really…it had been a long walk. Today is not the day to talk about half of all the hurdles we had to cross 😂

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But for the seemingly little things…
The prayers from the School Authorities (Yep…the Library is located within the School premises)
The excitement and appreciation of the Children
The success of a tasking project
The donations of books and library materials
The fun during the renovation work
The back-up plans and strategy meetings
The great minds all along the way
The lessons learnt
The hope of a continuity plan…

All these…and more were the big things of the service year (that pretty much happens but once) 👐

Now this little post is just me…

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Blessing Okoro
@blessingshares

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2 thoughts on “Reminisce

  1. KVA says:

    Now here is another heart lighting write-up from u.
    I can feel the passion behind this and the desire to make a mark and simultaneously make life better per opportunity that arises.

    It’s a privilege to have met u.

    Keep the fire burning my dear

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