It is often said that trying times bring out the best or worst in humans. This period of the Covid-19 pandemic unarguably counts as a trying time. True to the prior statement, we have seen a different side to most individuals and corporate bodies. The Concerned Parents and Educators Network remain unfazed, though, in their quest to impact lives across the country, especially those of the underprivileged.
The Concerned Parents and Educators Network [CPE] is a Non-Governmental Organization with over 144 thousand members. Led by Mrs. Yinka Ogunde, the group has at every opportunity looked for ways to give back to the Nigerian education sector. Most recent of these was the February Advocacy Campaign tagged “Save Education Now”. The group’s long list of charitable campaigns now has a new addition: CPE Food Basket Program.
The CPE Food Basket program was created to alleviate the challenges of people who might not be financially buoyant enough to stay afloat through this period of the pandemic. According to Mrs. Ogunde, the CPE has the aim of impacting positively for transformation in the country, especially now. “We are living at a time that is unusual,” said Ogunde, “and we know that the weak, the less privileged [and] the sick will be very vulnerable. [This is] the time we must all support each other.
The response to the food basket program has been overwhelming so far. In the first 24 hours from the beginning of the program, the CPE team charged with overseeing the whole operation was able to reach out to and send financial assistance to over 100 families in need. These donations were made possible due to the contributions of members of the group, rich or poor, who felt obliged to assist those in a worse condition due to the pandemic.
There has been massive appreciation from the beneficiaries of this program and other onlookers. Taiwo pronounced the CPE as the “real Food Basket of the masses”. He went on to bless the donors and anchors of this “laudable human initiative”. A beneficiary, Anuvic, in an emotional and poetic post showered abundant blessings on Team CPE and her benefactor. In no uncertain terms, she thanked God and “Mummy Ogunde” at length for providing assistance for her family, including her husband and three daughters, in this critical time.
The CPE encourages all at this period to stay safe. This they can do by practicing good hygiene, observing social distancing and staying indoors. It is hoped that this wind of change blows over as quickly as it comes. In the meantime, anyone willing to contribute to assist someone out there can do so. Join the group on Facebook: Concerned Parents and Educators.
You can also donate to the group. Donate to the account:
Account Number: 0074641162
Bank: Sterling Bank