- A Nigerian actress, Maryam Charles, has started an initiative to cater to the less privileged in the society
- Maryam said it is better to use one's status to help the poor in the society than to flaunt luxuries on social media as celebrities
- The actress revealed that though her non-profit organisation started in 2022, it has touched many people's lives
A Nigerian actress, Maryam Charles, is using her non-profit organisation, Maryam Charles Initiative, to touch lives.
In a Facebook post she made on Tuesday, May 3, she said that being a celebrity is more than just posting nice photos on social media and living fancy lives.
Maryam is of the opinion that people should use their influence to change the lives of people. She said people need to use their status to help the less privileged.
A video shared on her Facebook page showed the moment she packed food in takeaways and handed them over to kids who needed them.
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Maryam Charles' motivation
In her conversation with Legit.ng, she said that her NGO was registered in January 2022 and since then has done some outreaches in taking care of the homeless, and widows, also feeding the less privileged.
On her motivation for reaching out to people, she said she has always been a passionate person. In her words:
“I had never thought that people could die of hunger, growing up in the north gave me more passion to use my personality as a celebrity to attract more human development, for me being a humanitarian means to have human values and an understanding of all human situations that we share, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion and social status. It’s working towards human goals and ensuring we support people with respect and dignity.”
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What I intend to achieve
Empowering the less privileged and the provision of healthcare are some of the things she hopes to achieve with the Maryam Charles organisation.
The actress stated that many people have been helped since the operation of the organisation. She said:
“We thank God that we choose to give rather than to be selfish.”
Watch the video of her sharing food here.
Nigerian lady feeds over 200 people
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a Nigerian lady with the Twitter handle @Rene_noire went on her Ramadan feeding programme again in 2022.
In 2021, she did the same thing, feeding hundreds of people. On Day 4 of the fast, the lady shared photos showing her packing jollof rice and meat for 252 people.
One of the snaps has her dishing the food into takeaway packs. She prayed for everyone who donated to the charity, telling them that they will never go hungry.