Some Nigerian fashion designers are pushing the boundaries with Corporate Social Responsibility as they are taking their craft to Makoko in Lagos State, Nigeria.
On Thursday, foremost fashion hose, House of Henri teamed-up with Leslie Contraria, a Fashion and Art Academy intern from AIESEC, Spain to put smiles on the faces of underprivileged pupils of the Whanyinna Floating School, in Makoko, by making clothes for them using DaViva fabric.
The project involved making Afro-centric kaftans for girls and tunics for boys and the versatility in designs, pattern and colours of DaViva textiles made them the fabric of choice. The floating school is exactly what it is called. It is a school in the middle of the Lagos lagoon built with wooden stilts for props and wooden planks for platform.
The pupils of the school come from indigent backgrounds and have to do schooling under quite challenging and sometimes discouraging conditions. According to Henrietta Agboola, the CEO of House of Henri, being mindful of the fact that education and information are easiest ways to break the cycle of poverty, the fashion label wanted to celebrate the pupils in a bid to show that they are appreciated and cheer them on to stay in school with this gesture of kindness. It was a time of joy and excitement as the pupils were delighted to receive the clothes made by House of Henri with DaViva fabric.
Agboola further explained that the other goal of this project was to reduce the incidence of malaria sickness amongst the students, which results in absenteeism from school, because of their residing in a swampy environment. Insecticide treated mosquito nets were distributed to all the pupils on the behalf of Malaria Foundation International, to help prevent mosquito bites that cause malaria.
In addition, she said as an advocate of the Malaria Foundation International, she wanted to further the cause of the foundation by this humanitarian deed.