In her usual approach to giving succour to the less privilege in the society, Wife of the Delta State Governor and Founder, O5 Initiative, Dame Edith Okowa has presented varieties of food items to Orphanages in the state to Mark the 2020 World Orphans Day Celebration. This is in fulfillment of the O5 Initiative mission to feed the hungry.
Speaking on Monday, November 9, 2020 at the close of this year’s celebration which began last week due to the Covid-19 public gathering protocol, Dame Okowa said that the yearly event is to raise awareness of the plight of Orphans, and to re-evaluate the way we treat the children around us especially the ones that are not our biological children.
“As we are aware, every child has a right to sound education, a right to protection and a right to a good life, but it is quite unfortunate to hear of daily happenings around us.
“We have gathered here today to reason together and chat a new course on how to give our Orphans a meaningful life. The issue of the care of Orphans is of immense importance to the O5 Initiative.
“For the past five years, we have worked with Care Givers in registered Orphanages across the state. This year has introduced a new way of life due to the Pandemic but it has not stopped us from attending regularly to the needs of our Children at the Orphanages.” She stated.
While thanking God for the provision of the resources through O5 Initiative partners, individuals and corporate organizations, Dame Okowa announced that a total of 48 registered Orphanages and 5 adopted families including the Quintuplet girls who lost their mother at birth, were beneficiaries of this year’s celebration.
The First Lady called on all those who survived the Covid-19 pandemic to reach out to others in appreciation to being alive, “we should look around, there is a helpless Child who needs love; I plead with you to sow the seed of kindness, by this, you are paving an easy path for your own Children. Go the extra mile, give that child many reasons to live and let us together Change our world One Person At A Time.”
In their unanimous response, the beneficiaries appreciated the steadfast love of Dame Edith Okowa towards the less privilege and vulnerable persons, praying God to grant her long life and help her do much more.
World Orphans Day is celebrated every second Monday in the month of November. It is a day set aside by the United Nations in honour of Mother Theresa of Calcutta who spent her life looking after the poor.