During the week of May 26, 2013, 7 Youth and Young Adultvolunteers representing AYAYA (The Akwa Ibom Youth and Young Adults) traveled to Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria to participate in their annual Children’s Day Activities.


Youth and young adult participants included Tracy Ekong- AYAYA Public Relations Officer (New York Chapter), Edidiong Okon (Maryland Chapter), 2013 Miss Akwa Ibom Esther Inyang (Chicago Chapter), Anthony Ikotidem (New York Chapter), Shalini Malaki- AYAYA Secretary (Maryland Chapter), Santosh Malaki (Maryland Chapter), and Inemesit Essien (New York Chapter).


During our trip we were able to visit 6 orphanages, 2 hospitals and a leprosy center.We were able to touch over 2,000 children with donations ranging from food and hygiene items, school supplies, and clothes. We humbly thank His Excellency, Gov. Akpabio and his staff for their support and assistance in our efforts, as well as everyone else who gave us donations.We are looking forward to making this an annual trip for years to come!!!






Monday, May 27th


Children’s Day Parade



AYAYA Group members had the opportunity to march with the children of Akwa Ibom on Children’s Day. Over 2,000 children throughout Akwa Ibom participated in the parade!



Divine Center


Purpose: Orphanage               

No. Of Children: 300

Items Donated: Uniforms/Wrappers, undergarments




Tuesday, May 28th


City Of Praise



No. Of Children: 60

Items Donated: Food and clothing




Thursday, May 30th


Humanitarian Home Gospel Village


Purpose: Orphanage               

No. Of Children: 457

Items Donated: Hygiene, food, and school supplies


Leprosy Center

Location: Etinan         

Purpose: Hospital        

No. Of Patients: 100

Items Donated: Hygiene and food



Friday, May 31st


St. Louie’s Handicap Center

Location: IkotIkpene              

Purpose: Special Needs Children        

No. of Children: 250

Items Donated: Hygiene and food



Saturday, June 1st


Ikot Abasi General

Location: Ikot Abasi               

Purpose: Hospital       

No. of Children: 15

Items Donated: Baby supplies



Tuesday, June 4th


Special Victims Center

Location: Uyo            

Purpose: Orphanage               

No. of Children: 124

Items Donated: Hygiene, food, and diapers


Teaching Hospital

Location: Uyo            

Purpose: University of Uyo Hospital             

No. of Children: 100

Items Donated: Baby Items and Clothes


Friends of the Needy Home

Location: Okobo        

Purpose: Foster Home

No. of Children: 20

Items Donated: Sewing kits, hair products, food items





A special thank you to the mothers who accompanied us on the trip!

From left to right: Mercy Inyang (Chicago Chapter), Edna Malaki (Maryland Chapter), Eno Ekong, Iby Ikotidem (New Jersey Chapter), Obot Okoko (New York Chapter)









2013 Service Trip to Akwa Ibom State

May 26-June 4


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