• August 8, 2022

Covid 19: Group remembers Sickle Cell Patients, Orphans in Anambra

By O’star Eze

Since the war against COVID 19 pandemic ensued in Nigeria, Okolo Cajetan Foundation for the Orphans and Less Privileged has been on its toes to ensure that the orphans and vulnerable members of the society are protected and provided for.

These are the ones who are worst hit by the ongoing economic, information and health crisis caused by the Corona Virus pandemic.

However, May 2, 2020, Okolo Cajetan Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, in collaboration with Anambra State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs took some palliatives and health experts to Glorious Mercy Orphanage, Obosi, Anambra State.

While the health experts disabused the minds of the orphans and their attendants alike from all anxiety occasioned by the onslaught of fake news making rounds on the social media, the Foundation provided sanitizers and food items for them.

The same feat was replicated at the Secretariat of Association of People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder, Udoka Estate, Awka, same day, for the sickle cell patients led by Mrs Aisha Edward.

Fast forward to May 17, 2020, the group with the full support of the Mrs Ndidi Mezue led Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, stormed Blessed Nise Community Children’s Orphanage Home, Nise. It would be recalled that in the previous months, the group had paid such visits to Tender Love Orphanage as well as Model Orphanage, Awka, Anambra State.

At all these places the message remained the same; for the keepers of these children to religiously stick to WHO/Nigerian government directives in the fight against COVID 19, to ensure they verify all information about the virus from NCDC website before accepting them as true and acting on them and to protect the children from being exposed to visitors.

All the benefactors of the gesture were ecstatic and kept invoking God’s blessings on the foundation and the ministry.

Speaking with this reporter, the Director of the foundation, Engr Cajetan Okolo, stated that his group was propelled by the passion to ensure that all the orphans and vulnerable in the society are given a sense of belonging in the society.

“Okolo Cajetan Foundation is simply a non-governmental organisation that advocates for intervention in the lives of the orphans and other vulnerable members of the society. We have also embarked on developmental projects at some of these homes to give the children opportunity to grow in conducive environment. Our activities are mostly sponsored by ourselves as well as our friends who key into our vision and have seen that we are sincere and transparent in our dealings. I also wish to appreciate the Anambra State Ministry of Women and Children’s Affair for their support so far in our activities and enjoin all well meaning members of the society to look out for those orphans and vulnerable in their neighbourhood and donate palliatives to them, especially during this trying times.”

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