From OCHEI MATTHEW (Asaba)
One of the care givers have reminded me the womb where I came from and my background, nobody chooses to be an orphans, Dam Edith Okowa has said.
As the world marked this year’s Orphans Day set aside by the United Nations, Wife of the Delta State governor, Dame Edith Okowa on Tuesday, put smiles on the faces of 41 orphanage homes across the state by providing them with bags of rice, beans, tomato pests, tubers of yams, parks of tissue papers among others.
Speaking while delivering the items to the orphans at the premises of her pet project, 05’ Initiative in Government House, Asaba, Dame Okowa, said, “this special day aims at drawing attention to the needs of orphans suffering from discrimination, violence, poverty, deprivation from education and to encourage the promotion of rights to a healthy and fulfilled life”.
She said the day should serve as reminder to society to actively participate and help to raise the awareness, support and funding for orphans as their situation has been constantly made relevant by UN.
“No one chooses to be an orphan, living without the care and love of parents can be traumatizing, sometimes these orphans stay without food, shelter, clothing and even health care”, she stressed, adding that orphans faces emotional stress and total rejection in the society.
In her welcome address, the wife of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Kevwe Agas, said it is a day set aside by the UN to remember orphans, “to draw our attention that there a lot of children that are orphans as a result of wars and earthquakes”.
She said some of the children were orphans as a result of situations that were not their faults, “a day like this is a day for us to remember these children in orphanages that people have set their lives aside to ensure that they have a future”.
Speaking in an interview, the representative of St Barnabas Orphanage home, Cable Point, Oshimili South local government council, Christian Okonji, said the home was amazed at the sight of the items given to them.
Pastor Emmanuel Olatu, Children Revolutionary Foundation, Irri, Isoko South local government area, said the gifts given to his foundation is quite overwhelming, “God has positioned the wife of the governor to be there in order to make these food items available for the less privilege”
According to him, “it is a blessing to us because the eldest of the orphans has graduated from higher institution and has completed the one year NYSC while four others just got admission to higher institutions; we have been on for 25 years now”.