Over 300 families were touched when recently, an Enugu based NGO, OneHopeChildren Foundation stormed Awhum Community, in Udi Council Area of Enugu State, South East, Nigeria, with food items.
The foundation which targets the education and health of children and poor families, intervened to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown which has brought hunger to the vulnerable.
Food items were distributed to over 300 families picked from the nine villages that make up Awhum community. The villages include Obeagu and Amachalla, Ishiogwu, Ibite uwenu, Ibite uwani, Umuoka, Akparata and Ama Udara, Amani, and Ama Abo. In a serene village environment, the beneficiaries with their compulsory facemasks were spaced out in a sitting arrangement that ensured adequate social distancing. Food items distributed were rice, beans, garri, onions, noodles and facemasks.
Books were also given out to children to help them during the lockdown. Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Ugwuozor Felix, founder, and indigene of Awhum community said the effort was aimed at alleviating the effects of the lockdown on the villagers. Fr. Ugwuozor was accompanied by two other Catholic priests Rev Fr. (Dr.) Leonard Ilechukwu and Rev. Fr. Barrister Kelechi Onubulueze.
He said the book is a series of 10 novels for the children to stay home, read, summarize and make sure they submit to their teachers. “These are ways to help them overcome boredom, overcome distractions and be focused.” Fr. Ugwuozor explained that In the event of COVID-19 there was need for a lockdown to contain the outbreak.
‘You see this going on all over the world and the Nigeria government introduced their lockdown also. But unlike most other nations that put together measures to cushion the effect of the lockdown, we didn’t have much of it in Nigeria.
“So, the ‘OneHopeChildren Foundation’ sought some kind of help from major funders from the United States, specifically from New Jersey to alleviate the sufferings of the poor.
The palliatives were hugely sponsored by Wyckoff/Midland Park Rotary Club, New Jersey and individual donors who are friends to Fr. Ugwuozor and the OneHopeChildren Foundation. He explained that the OneHopeChildren Foundation has two fronts- Education and Health.
“We have so many kids in our scholarship pool; we also try to provide healthcare needs. “Initially it was mainly for children alone but later poor parents were included.” The event also provided the opportunity to extend free medical services to the villagers especially the elderly.
Two doctors, Dr. Ifeanyichukwu Ugwuozor and Dr. Vera onyinyechi Ogbonnaya, the medical team of the foundation were at hand to attend to the villagers. They took time to check their blood pressure, temperature and sugar level and also gave out some drugs to the villagers.
The distribution would later continue with visits to some identified individuals who, do to disability could not make it to the venue. They also received the food items, face masks, medicare and other materials. A satisfied Fr. Ugwuozor expressed gratitude to the donors who made the event possible.
He also thanked the President General of Awhum Town Union, Comrade Boniface Ugwuozor, chairmen of the various villages and committee members of One Hope family for organizing a successful event.