As part of it’s initiatives to end sexual and gender based violence, the Document Our History Podcast executed an orphans and vulnerable children initiative on the 23rd of December 2023 at Hope at Last Orphanage home in Ayobo, Alimosho Local Government area of Lagos state.
The program, which consisted a sensitization and advocacy session also served as a means to celebrate Christmas with and for the children at the orphanage home in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Orphanage housed some victims of sexual and gender based violence so the podcast was proud to associate with them, as this is also a step in eradicating violence.
Ololade Ajayi , the DOHS Podcast host, sensitized the children on sexual and gender based violence and how to mitigate and also emphasized on empathy towards each other as being new siblings.
The Dohs podcast partnered with various organizations and individuals to carry out the program namely, the Serene concepts, Ezra house and also Royal Sentinels initiative, a boy child advocate initiative. They all spoke about the mental health and menstrual health for the children and generally advocated for good hygiene amongst them.
When the DOHS podcast host asked most of the children in an interactive session about their ambitions, most of them mentioned nursing and law which at the end of the day can be related to their need for correcting the steps to how they ended up in an orphanage.
The host, Ololade Ajayi also facilitated the celebration of a child’s birthday party to occur in the orphanage home to the delight of the kids as party proper souvenirs and snacks as well as gift items were shared to them. They ended the day watching a movie titled luck, about an orphan finding luck in life.
The dohs podcast hopes to replicate this program in other orphanage subsequently as it not only serves to end GBV but also spotlights the many talents of the kids at the home and thereby impacting their lives positively.