By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The need for members of the society, especially the privileged ones to bring succour to the needy has come alive again as 2020 Press Week Committee of Akwa Ibom State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) visited places and donated gifts to liven hope for the needy.
Among places visited by the team which were divided into three groups to cover the three senatorial districts of the state were, Band of Hope Orphanage Home, Government Orphanage Home and Virgina Visto Fistula (VVF) hospital in the state as part of activities to mark the week.
The messages from the places in the three Senatorial districts of the state visited by the committee members on behalf of the Union radiate hope and love.
For Akwa Ibom South (Eket) Senatorial District, the Committee visited Band of Hope Orphanage Home, Ikot Ikpe, behind Urua Udoinyang, Okon Eket, where it donated food stuff, beverages and toiletries to the inmates.
Speaking on behalf of the team, Comrade Patrick Titus told the inmates that the Committee was at the Home to identify with them particuarly during this period of covid-19 pandemic.
Comrade Titus enjoined them to be humble, steadfast and to face the the future with hope and confidence.
While describing the children as leaders of tommorow, Comrade Titus assured them that God has a better future for them.
He expressed optimism that the inmates wouldl grow up to be responsible and prominent members of the society and commeded the management of the Home for grooming the children and giving them a sense of belonging.
The Proprietor of Band of Hope Orphanage Home, Pastor Godwin Thomas was full of praises to NUJ for using the Press Week Committee to help in alleviating the suffering of the needy, describing the donation as timely and major save.
Pastor Thomas noted that the vision to establish the orphanage, which came in 2015, was borne out of passion to bring succour to the needy and bring them to Christ.
He identify the services of the Home to include provision of shelter, food, free and quality education, shoes and clothes, acquisition of skill as well as provision of health care and other essential services “to improve their well being, thereby projecting them for a better future.”
While enumerating the needs of the Home to include lack of funds, utility bus, foodstuffs, beverages, toiletries, computer sets and printer, Pastor Thomas hinted that inmates in the Home now number above 80 with 18 in secondary school and sued for support from government from all levels, public spirited individuals and organisations to help meet the needs of the Home.
“In the last five years, we have been able to provide for the less-privileged and the vulnerable children under our care and others in our society with the necessary needs just to ensure their better livelihood. These basic needs are through personal funds, friends,and well-wishers who have concerns for less fortune and their well-being,” the Proprietor stated.