Ene Oklo, Back2Back staff, overheard some of the younger children at a partnering children’s home recently.
“I’ve never had strawberries before, have you?” One child asked the group.
“No, but I always wonder what they would taste like!” A few of them exclaimed in response.
The area where the children live in Nigeria is known for its agriculture and an abundance of fruit, but strawberries are often very expensive and typically thought of as a rich person’s food.
“I listened to them chatter about strawberries for a while and then realized it was silly that they live in a place where it’s available, but have never tried it,” explained Ene. “I wanted to change that for them and help them see strawberries are not just for people with an excess of money!”
Valentine’s Day was just around the corner, and Ene knew exactly how she wanted to surprise and treat the children. She purchased a large quantity of strawberries and other fruits that weren’t on the regular home menu. After greeting the children at school, she made a sign and gave them each a hug and a plate of fruit.