By Agnes Nworie and Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya
Following the hardship said to be worrying the inmates of Our Lady of Good Remedy Orphanage that situates at Ndiebor Village, Enyigba Community in Abakaliki LGA, the brother incharge, Rev Monk Alo Franklin has requested help from both corporate bodies and individuals.
The reverend brother made the clarion call recently while appreciating great quantity of palliative items presented to the motherless children at their home by some Nollywood actors and actresses under the auspices of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ebonyi State Chapter.
He further advised some members of the public who are in the habit of wasting food to remember such helpless children for assistance as a token of kindness could impact lives of the inmates positively adding that in spite of the austerity starring on their faces through divine protection death has not been recorded.
“We are living from hand to mouth, perhaps either because we at the rural area or people do not know that the home is in existence.
“My service is all about caring for one another charitably, though it is a gift from above but in spite of all odds, God has not allowed us to record death of anyone” he said.
Rev Monk Alo further disclosed that 17 inmates whom he and his workers are caring for presently are the 4th batch of the children since the establishment of the orphanage and the past three sets ranging between 25 to 30 children already grown had been handed over to their relatives.
According to him, the parentless children are usually brought to him from various parts of the state by their relatives and as a result appealed for motorized borehole and vehicles to enable them attend church services on Sundays.
He expressed surprise on how they were sighted and thanked AGN members over their gesture which he described as one of its kind and advised other people to emulate the act.
However, AGN Chairman, Ebonyi State chapter, Hon. (Mrs.) Ezeugo Ngozichika told us that her members were stimulated by the need to complement government effort in giving palliative items to the downtrodden.
“After we have seen the havoc caused by COVID 19 and the state government effort through Engr. David Umahi, we deemed it necessary to help at our own capacity so that greater number of indigent persons will be reached,” she said.
She added that it was in their bid to make the event remarkable that prompted their visit to the Orphanage where the children were showered with the following items: cartons of instant indomie noodles, over 25kg of rice, rolls of toilet tissue, facemasks and other valuables.
AGN Secretary, Mr. Victor Nkwonta told us that they considered it wise to observe their Palliative Day with indigent persons as a complement to government effort in cushioning the effect of Coronavirus disease.
“Before now, we have seen government effort and based on that, we felt to assist at our capacity by reaching out to the motherless children, leprosy home and roadside beggars, all within Abakaliki town and its suburb,” he said.
He also advised all and sundry to always observe the pandemic safety protocols by washing hands regularly, wearing facemasks, creating possible distancing among others.
The pioneer Chairman, Mr Godwin Nnamdi Okoro, Public Relation Officer, Mr Uchenna Mathias and Director of Guild Services, Miss Stephanie Ebere Okereke respectively expressed satisfaction for putting smiles on the faces of the poor ones.
“We thank God for giving us the enablement to affect lives positively, it is based on our quest to achieve the feat that we levied ourselves,” they said.
They also appreciated the doggedness of their colleagues in making the event memorable and appealed for unity among them.