What begun as a cursory idea blossomed into a full mentoring project when over 30 young professionals decided to share love with several school children at Perez Chapel in Accra.
Starting with a post on Facebook expressing the desire to touch lives, Ms. Brooke Nuwati managed to use the power of social media to harness support from colleague young professionals to put together the 6-hour mentoring and fun-filled activity for over 300 children on Valentine’s Day.
The project, titled “BraveHeart” was in two parts; a presentation session and a fun-fair session, intended to share vital lessons with children aged between 9 and 14, as well as share love through games, fun and feasting. The children were mentored in areas such as healthy living; how to communicate with confidence and how to stand out in what they do. Mentors who are professionals in various fields of endeavor but who also have love for children put the presentations together.
Speaking to the press, Ms. Nuwati emphasized that her primary objective for putting this project together was to share love in a more meaningful way with children while offering young professionals (her friends) an opportunity to touch lives using the Valentine occasion. Passionate about youth empowerment and development, she said, true love which is the essence of Valentine is best expressed when people especially young people are inspired. She therefore seized the valentine season to achieve this objective.
Originally intended for 30 children, the BraveHeart team leveraged the power of social media to scale up the numbers to 200. With contributions from the mentors and support from the Vodafone Foundation and Coca Cola, the team were able to cater for the over 300 children that showed up.
Beginning as a small idea, #BraveHearts saw huge patronage from the children, parents and mentors. The fun was indeed big enough to share as the older folks and mentors had a slice of it too. All together, Saturday February 14, 2015 will go down in memory as a very fulfilled day, not only to the children but also for the mentors who spent time and supported the idea.
Following the great experience and feedback from the children, parents and mentors after the event, BraveHeart which was originally meant to happen annually may become a more frequent event offering mentoring opportunities to children.