The Isreal Ibeleme Foundation has disclosed that it is set to celebrate widows, orphans and the less privileged in this yuletide season so as to give them a sense of belonging. The event is slated to take place on Wednesday 27 at Ikwuano Local Government Area in Abia State
Speaking in an interview with our correspondent, the founder, Mr Israel Chibueze Ibeleme disclosed that the Foundation was established to identify, advise and empower the growing number of persons without hope in the society.
According to him, “there are lots of people out there who are presently suffering what I passed through many years ago, they need my help in anyway I can contribute to make sure they get out of the unbearable situation they have found themselves.
He narrated that at a time in his early life, he was thrown out to the streets in Port Harcourt, wore one shirt for six months and never got food when he needed it, adding that there was no opportunity for him to eat good food.
He further stated that the environment and inhabitants in the area were not friendly as he was verbally abused, but God saw him through the miserable life he lived in the past.
Mr. Ibeleme noted that when friends rejected him, he refused to go home but sacrificed his time to wash clothes and cook for the elderly women in Port Harcourt.
When asked how he came out of hardship, he told our correspondent that he started a street photography job to survive, disclosing however that his first wardrobe was in the electric transformer in his area while he slept in the open.
He said that the foundation started in 2006 to honour God who used one man to change his life at the peak of his suffering.
Since inception of the foundation remarkable number of women, students in secondary and the higher institution benefited through cash gifts, scholarships, equipment and other materials. For this year’s event, 100 Pastors and 500 widows will benefit.
Mr Ibeleme made it clear that he is not running the foundation for any financial gain but to fulfill his promise to God for His grace, noting that he generates money for the foundation by saving 50 percent of all income he get and help from friends.