BOH PROJECT PHASE 1 – The Making of the Bag of Hope (BOH)
We decided to start to sew the bag in Nigeria because Nigeria is one of the countries with a very high population of internally-displaced children and young people due to the Boko Haram crises in the zone. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre’s (IDMC) Global Overview 2015 reported that Nigeria had the largest number of internally-displaced people with at least a million people!
DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT:
The project started formally on the 31st of October 2015 around 1:25pm. Prior to the day, the event had been much publicised on the radio, TV stations and display banners.
Lightup Foundation volunteers assembled at Lagos Anglican Girls Grammar School, Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria; including some of the students of the school. There was a briefing on the project, after which all the participants relocated to the school field to commence the historical creation of the bag.
After further briefing about the creation of the bag, the measuring, cutting and sewing of the fabric material began. The sewing of the bag was completed on the 1st of November 2015.
A registered surveyor was invited to take the measurement of the BOH. The final measurement was officially pronounced by the surveyor as 9.36m Height, 10.32m Length and 2.65m Width. While the handle of the bag was 14.4m Length and 0.6m Width.
Precisely on the 24th of November 2015, the BOH was officially adjudicated as the Largest Canvas Bag in the world by the Guinness World Record Team.