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By Daniel Kanu, Politics Editor, Saturday
Their joy is to touch lives in special ways and to put smile on the faces of the less privileged. And in their usual need-meeting services which they provide to communities, particularly the needy, members of Crown Noble Friends Club last Saturday lifted the spirit of the over 50 children at the Compassionate Orphanage located at 6 Ijaye St, Greenland Estate Km 2 Idowu Egba, LASU Road, Isheri.
Items donated to the home included: Rice, Garri, Indomie, Cheese balls, Toilet rolls, Exercise books, tooth brushes and Bobo drinks.
The children of the orphanage all looking clean and healthy were excited at the donations and could not hide their joy. It was a convivial atmosphere as the toddlers among them; those unaware of what was happening due to their tender ages were carried and pampered by some members of the Crown Noble Club.
Welcoming the guests who were all dressed on blue jeans with white shirts capped with blue jacket, the proprietor of the orphanage, Rev Dr. Gabriel Oyedeji thanked them for their kind heartedness and commitment to the good of others. He remarked that the major goal of the orphanage is to see the abandoned children in their home live up to their destiny.
He said; “We are here to practically demonstrate the love of God to the reject, the deprived, the hopeless and the homeless. We appreciate you and the others who God has been using to bless us and I pray God will specially visit each one that has been the part of this project of helping the needy. It is natural that with time this orphanage has continued to grow in population requiring our continued help. As the number of children keeps swelling up, the resources available to us are becoming grossly inadequate to meet all our needs”.
Daily Independent investigation reveals that the orphanage needs more assistance like: food items (raw), drugs, provisions, deep freezers, school bus, financial assistance, baby cots, children’s wears, diapers, towels, toiletries, generator, toys, educational materials (computer, writing materials), school fees (sponsorship of children’s education) among others.
Spokesperson for the group George Sunday, said its mission and vision is to assist the needy, while also offering interactive events as well as enriching discussion groups.
He said; “We are actually here to visit this orphanage home. One of our aims and vision in Crown Noble Friends Club is to give back to the society, reach out to the less privileged, do our best to assist the needy, which is why we are here to show love to them.
We actually searched for lots of other orphanage homes and we found out that most of the homes have criteria and we do not want to go to a place where there are lots of formalities and restrictions. It’s all about love and once there is love there is no segregation”.
He tasked government to show more commitment in assisting the less privileged in the country saying that individuals alone cannot adequately run orphanages without support, given the financial involvement.
“I don’t think government is really doing enough even though we are not expecting the government to do everything. If you check most of the orphanage homes are being run by individuals and individuals alone cannot manage it because its capital intensive. So, there is the need for government to step in and assist. Government and more corporate organisations are expected to assist to be able to run it with more funds.
“I think government should make allocations in their budget to orphanage homes. Since there are allocations for other sectors as agriculture, health, education etc then there is every good reason to make case for allocation for the orphanage sector. Without the government and support of the people it will be quite difficult for those managing it”.
Chairman of the group, James Ushie Achine who corroborated the views of Sunday said; “we look around the community and see areas we can assist. Ours is to embark on need-meeting projects that benefit not only the needy but communities too.
God died for His love for mankind and there is no other greater sacrifice than to show love to others particularly to the less privileged in our society. Love is all about sharing and that is why we are here to share with our younger ones and to give them hope.
Secretary of the Club, Clifford Imahingbe, also told our correspondent that; “Our commitment is that together we can make a difference. Ours is to compliment efforts and assist in making our society a better place”.
Project manager of the orphanage, Mrs. Patricia Muzan said “we have challenges but God has been helpful, using people to touch the lives of the children here”.