Twenty-five orphanages have received relief materials from the federal government to help cushion the effect of the lockdown.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in her speech while making the presentation at Anawim orphanage home Gwagwalada, Thursday, commended the management of the homes for taking care of the children who have, through no fault of theirs, been denied the warmth of home.
“We have identified through consultation with homes, NGOs and CSOs, 25 orphanages which will be impacted by this intervention. Five of those are present here and they include – Anawim Homes (Poorest of the Poor), Gwagwalada; Holy Family Sisters of the Needy; Halal Children, Lugbe; Al-Ansar Home, Kuje and St Mary’s Home for Orphans, Gwagwalada.”
“These homes and orphanages will receive 500 bags of rice and other food items. This is essentially a flag off because we will be extending our solidarity and support to other orphanages across the country.” She said.
Farouq who was represented by the Special Adviser on Humanitarian Affairs to the Minister, Musa Bungudu, added that the Covid-19 pandemic presented an unprecedented humanitarian, economic and health crisis and all hands must be on deck to help vulnerable population navigate this crisis.
Earlier, the general coordinator, Aniwim Home (Poorest of the poor) Gwagwalada, Rev Sister Oresoa Agatha Selo-Ojeme expressed her profound gratitude to the Minister for her kind gesture and also commended the effort of the Buhari led Administration in ensuring that the poor and vulnerable are not left out in society.