NGO battles poverty in Ebonyi, to sponsor 100 indigent students’ WASC

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Members of the group at the event.

By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki

 

A non-governmental organisation, Ehugbo Unique Friends Foundation (EUFF), has said that it would register West African School Certificate Examination (WASC) for no fewer than 100 indigent students from Afikpo communities in Ebonyi State as part of efforts to alleviate poverty in the state.

The founder and President of the foundation, Lolo Chinedum Ozomgbachi, disclosed this during the group’s rally to mark the commencement of its annual charity programme at the weekend.

The NGO, during the rally, visited some major government-owned primary and secondary schools in Ehugbo and Unwana communities in Afikpo North Local Government Area, where they gave writing materials to the pupils and also carried out medical outreach to assist villagers, who could not afford hospital bills.

Ozomgbachi, during the event, explained that the Foundation was a union of childhood friends and school mates with passion for charity knowing fully well that their communities were battling with challenges.

She disclosed that the rally was a prelude to their main charity programme on Saturday when they would reachout to the widows and other vulnerable people in the community with various gifts.

The Afikpo-born philanthropist married to Ezeagu man in Enugu State, emphasized that the group had a lofty dream of becoming a world-class philanthropic organisation.

She however called on  opinion leaders  and Nigerians to always consider the welfare of the lesspilivaged in their midst and look for a means of helping them and never rely on government to solve all societal needs, but to add value to society by touching people’s lives, more especially the handicapped and the  down-trodden in various communities.

“So, we decided to come together. The main aim is to carry out charity work; assist the less-privileged in Ehugbo community.

“With time, we decided to register the association with the Corporate Affairs Commission as a non-governmental organisation, Ehugbo Unique Friends Foundation.

‘‘We tax ourselves to raise funds for our charity works, and we hope that with time, people will see what we are doing globally.

“We have about 100 students we plan to register WASC examinations for in this year.

“I always maintain that we should not leave reaching out to the less privileged only for the government.

“It is not only for the government; individuals can come together to help the less-privileged. It is not only for those in politics,” she said.

Other members of the Foundation, who spoke to our correspondent, including the Public Relations Officer, Lady Nnenna Vera Egwu, said that belonging to the Foundation was a dream come true, and pledged to continue to utilize all resources at her disposal to nurture the Foundation to attain its desired goals.

One of the strong supporters of the group, Chief Ifeanyichukwu Madukaibe Ewa, applauded the women for their charity initiatives.

While stating that works of charity were in line with his devotion in life, he added that the Foundation was unique both in formation and manifestations.

“The organisation is part of what I usually like doing. Any congregation that has to do with assisting the less-privileged is my passion.

“So the unique nature of the organisation gives a light to it that it is specifically identified for a particular purpose: unity, cohabitation, interaction in a peaceful atmosphere, and to assist those in need, thereby creating happiness in their various homes.

“These women are professionals and big people in their various capacities; some of them married to other places, but the cardinal point is that in every aspect of what they have done, I have contributed a little quota in either fine-tuning, initiating or assisting them to carry out a particular function.”

Many beneficiaries and pupils selected from various schools who received the gifts are from  Government Primary School Afikpo, with their headmistress, Mrs Josephine Ogeri Ugwu, described the visit and gifts as exciting.

Victor Chinwemmeri and Victoria Eme Orji of Comprehensive Secondary School, Unwana, said that they were inspired by the visit and gifts to redouble their efforts in their academics, promising not to disappoint the women and their parents.

Chinwemmeri said: “On behalf of the Principal, the teachers, and my fellow students, we are very grateful to this Foundation for coning together to help us this far.

“For this token you gave to us, may the Lord grant you grace and favour to keep abiding, and helping the next generation.”

The event was attended by dignitaries from within and outside the state including the traditional ruler and other stakeholders from the community.

 

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