“There is something you can do, no matter how little, help make a world of difference in the life of an orphan, by showing a little bit of love, a little care and giving a little support. In so doing, we can change our world. One person at a time.”
Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) –By Albert OGRAKA:
Wife of Delta state governor and founder of the 05 Initiative, Dame Edith Okowa has called on well meaning Deltans to make adequate positive impact in the lives of the less privileged, especially orphans, who are mostly victims of war, famine, displacement, poverty and death of both parents.
She made the call on Monday, November 14, 2016 during a special presentation of food items to 43 orphanages, drawn from the 25 local government areas of the state and three families to mark the World Orphans Day at Government House, Asaba.
Dame Okowa, disclosed that the 05 Initiative has intensified efforts at executing programmes to cushion effects of the challenges often faced by the less privileged, especially orphans, through scholarship schemes, adoption of orphans, provision of accommodation for care givers and organizing parties in registered orphanages, among others.
She therefore, appealed to well meaning Deltans, concerned residents and corporate organizations to show support and regularly be reminded about the plight of orphans, who she said have been traumatized due to the emotional stress of constantly living without the care and love of paents.
“It is reassuring that their situation is constantly made relevant by this celebration of World Orphans Day which has been dedicated to them to remind society about the plight of orphans. This special day aims at drawing attention to their needs, so people are encouraged to actively participate to help raise awareness support and funding for them”, she said.
While enjoining care-givers and owners of orphanages in the state to imbibe acceptable standard in their activities, she encouraged them to handle the orphans with adequate care and constantly teach them the ways of the Lord.
She further promised to liaise with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development to make registration requirements for establishing orphanages less stringent, so that more care-givers are given the opportunity to help the less privileged in the society.
According to her, “There is something you can do, no matter how little, help make a world of difference in the life of an orphan, by showing a little bit of love, a little care and giving a little support. In so doing, we can change our world. One person at a time.”
Items distributed to the beneficiaries include bags of rice, garri and beans; tubers of yam, vegetable and palm oil; cartons of tomatoes, crayfishes and umbrellas.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Evangelist Hephzibah Oluwadare of the City of David Mission Home, thanked Dame Edith Okowa, and those partnering with the 05 Initiative for making the World Orphans Day celebration a huge success and putting smiles on the faces of the less privileged in the society.
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