Humanitarians Meet and Cocktails Event is a gathering for individuals in the social sector and those who desire to make a difference in their society to connect, learn and benefit from the experiences of people whose ventures and organizations have helped create the needed change.

Humanitarians Meet and Cocktails is a pilot program of Foundational Network Africa, This event allowed Organizations to network, form partnerships that can bring solutions to the various problems they seek to solve, and individuals learn from challenges and experiences organizations face in the social sector, individuals to ask questions, create conversations and relax in a friendly environment. This year’s gathering focused on the theme 21st Century Humanitarians: Trail Blazers, we were able to identify the various roles young people can play in their communities. Rosemond Edem, Team Lead Foundational Network in her opening statements welcomed the participants to the event and appreciated them for the bold step they took in attending a flagship program organized by the Network, she spoke about the network, the vision, which is to build a network of young social impact leaders who are passionate about making a difference in their community and also what FNA stands for in youth development. She expressed her gratitude and also encouraged the participants to leverage their platforms in creating the needed change, she further encouraged the leaders to network with others, have great expectations and most importantly to learn and relearn.

Our speakers at the event included; Grace Ihejiamaizu of IKapture Networks, Brenda Effiom of Brencare Foundation and other speakers. Grace Ihejiamaizu while speaking on the sub-theme; Building Sustainable Organizations/Initiatives encouraged the young leaders that in staying relevant there is a need to be authentic, skilled, emphatic and also great need to take action. She further emphasized that in setting up an initiative, the goal should be in view. Brenda Effiom of Brencare Foundation spoke on the Sub-theme: The ecstasy of Being Humanitarian, she started off by telling her story of how she conceived the idea of helping young adolescent girls understand their personal hygiene and also help work on their self-esteem, she further encouraged the young leaders present that “Passion is not enough for you to start an initiative but skill is necessary”.

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