Anja Ringgren Loven shared a post on her social media, where she reflected on the rain season in Nigeria. She took the time to reflect on the climate change and the issues that are associated with it. She wrote that while it is summer in Denmark and the rest of Europe, it´s rain season in Nigeria.
The rain season in Nigeria is called “West Africa´s deadly rainfall”. Heavy rains producing deadly, destructive floods in the local communities is a main feature of the season. The floods are responsible for killing many people. Anja asserted that all these repurcussions are a result of climate change.
Apart from deadly floods Nigerians also have to face intense lighting and thunderstorms during the season. Anja Ringgren Loven shared that during the last month Nigeria experienced 2.9 million lightning strikes. Many places recorded fatalities and fire outbreaks during the lightning strikes and thunderstorms.
During this trying time, the founder of the Nigeria-based NGO, Land of Hope also reflected on the situation at the NGO. She shared how the staff and authorities at Land of Hope take the responsibility of keeping the children safe very seriously. In line with this, the founder has shared that At Land of Hope our main priority is to keep our children safe.
During rainy season we drive the children to school in our school bus and some schools offer to pick up children. It´s not for free. We pay for fuel and a driver because during this dangerous season we take no chances. Lightning can strike at any moment.
So while kids all over the world loves to play in the rain. However, it´s not always safe to play outside for our children at Land of Hope. Instead they play different games, relax, read books, help out in the kitchen, do homework and work on being creative.
Despite the challenges during rainy season rain brings growth. Land of Hope turns green. Green is the color of hope.