By SUNDAY AGBO, Abakaliki
A non-governmental organisation, Akubaraoha Youth Assembly, AYA, has made both cash and material donations to Red Cross Motherless Babies Home in Abakaliki.
Presenting the items and undisclosed amount of money to the Home, the National President of Akubaraoha Youth Assembly, Hon. Mark Onu, who pointed out that the donation was part of the humanitarian service of the organisation, further noted that the gesture was to assist the care-givers to adequately carter for the babies.
Onu thanked the care-givers for their commitment and dedication to the welfare of the babies, but urged them to ensure that the materials given to them were used judiciously to improve the lives of the babies.
He said, “We are here today to show love and concern for these babies. I want to tell you that these babies and those working here deserve to be assisted so that they can maximise their humanitarian services to them (babies).
“What we have come with today, I know will not be enough to provide the needed care for them. I want to also advise humbly that whatever we were able to bring along should be received in good faith and put into judicious use for the betterment of these children.
While promising the home that the NGO would continue to partner with them, Onu said: “we shall not relent in partnering with you as a way of complementing the effort of the present administration of Engineer David Nweze Umahi”, he stated.
Meanwhile in an interview with the Chairman, Nigeria Red Cross Motherless Babies Home, Abakaliki, Chief Michael Mbam who thanked the NGO for their kind gesture, however noted that the Home was facing some challenges when he said “If you watch this place, we need German floor and tiles because as we are here, our concern is for the children to feed very well. We need staff quarters, so we appeal to well-meaning individual to help us.
He further explained that the babies in the home were more than twenty five and called on other well-meaning individuals to help the babies.
Hear his words, “The babies here are more than twenty-five and you know that things are very expensive. Milk for the children is very expensive. We use corn to feed them and that is why you can see that they are healthy, even babies who are with their biological parents are not as healthy as they are.
“I am very happy and filled with joy because I do not know all these while that they have this place at heart. I am surprised; I will continue to ask God to bless them. I want to use this medium to talk to other well-meaning individuals to borrow a leaf from what happened today.
“His Excellency always visits here monthly. The last one he came, he came with his family. I will continue to thank His Excellency and Akubaraoha Youth Assembly for remembering us.
”Any individual that has this place at heart can support us with money, corn or any other items so that these children will not lack anything. It is a humanitarian service. We will never relent on it”, he assured.