World Orphans Day: Dame Okowa Lauds Sponsors, Care Givers *Wants More Support To Orphans

Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Albert OGRAKA:

WIFE of the Delta State governor and Founder O5 initiative, Dame Edith Okowa, has expressed her determination to make sure that Orphans are not forgotten in the state.

While celebrating the World Orphans Day at the Office of the wife of the Governor, Government House Asaba on Monday 8th November, 2021, she said “the care of Orphans is of importance to us in the O5 Initiative as enshrined in the word of God.”

According to her “For the past six years, the O5 team have worked with Care Givers in registered Orphanages across the state, adding that “despite the COVID 19 Pandemic we have not stopped attending regularly to the needs of our Children.

“As in our usual style, provision has been made for 48 registered Orphanages and five adopted families including the Quintuplet (five girls). This is in fulfilment of our mission to feed the hungry and provide shelter for the homeless.”

The Delta state Governor’s wife however appreciated the care givers for their consistent love and care for the children in the face of the uncertainty of the future and urged them to make the word of God their standard for the upbringing of the children.

“As you sincerely do this, your labour of Love will be rewarded in due season.”

She also thanked all the partners of O5 Initiative, including individuals and corporate organizations for supporting the O5 Vision, especially Zenith bank for their annual attention to selected orphanages in the state.

In her emotional speech, she said “Our gathering here is not only to listen to ourselves but to take practical steps and chart a way forward.
 Before our very eyes, we have seen orphaned children grow and make progress in different life’s endeavours. So many successful orphans are celebrated around the world because kind-hearted individuals made it possible. Some of us can testify. 

“Year in, year out, we gather in different platforms to discuss the well being of Orphaned Children, can we really say there is a difference? If there is a difference, how come the stories we hear or read everyday are so disheartening; the news of how a supposed mother places a hot iron on the laps of a little orphan because of an error committed. There are measures we cannot take against our own children. Why then do we treat these Orphans without love? Be reminded that they are God’s gift to mankind.”

“My charge to us is that we should be part of this onerous task. I pray that through this year’s event, the Lord will raise more helpers for Orphans all around the world. Let it be that because of you, that child can get a life line and a reason to smile again, by so doing; we can change our World One Person at a time.”

The World Orphans Day, a celebration which takes place on the second Monday in November every year, is a day set aside by the United Nations in honour of Mother Theresa of Calcutta who spent her life looking after the poor and a platform to draw attention to the plight of the World’s Orphans.

Clergymen, government officials amongst other dignitaries who witnessed the presentation of food items, cash, others to Caregivers, commended Dame Edith Okowa for being steadfast in showing love to underprivileged individuals in the state.

Caregivers who spoke to journalists, showered prayers of blessings and protection for the Governor’s family.

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Blank NEWS Online founding Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Albert Eruorhe Ograka, is a Graduate of Mass Communication. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ).

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