By O’star Eze
Anambra state government, through the ministry of women affairs and social development, has partnered with a non-governmental organisation centred on the protection and preservation of orphans, less privileged in the society, ‘Engr Cajethan Okolo Foundation for the Orphans and less Privileged’ in ensuring the proper education of orphans in the state.
The duo also agreed to partner in other areas as it concerns the welfare and empowerment of orphans in the various government owned orphanage homes in the state.
Speaking during a meeting with the group at the ministry’s headquarters, Awka, over the weekend, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Ndidi Mezue, thanked the group for all their efforts in giving a facelift and improving the general well-being of the children in Model Community Orphanage, Awka, and several other homes. She said her ministry was anxious to work with groups like his, which are poised to impacting positively on the lives of the orphans and the less privileged.
On his part, the founder and director of the foundation, Engr. Cajethan Okolo, congratulated the commissioner for the way she had been reaching out and rehabilitating beggars and other less privileged in the state since she assumed office.
Okolo said the foundation was founded on a passion he had right from his younger age to share the little he had with the orphans. He said that the passion had since grown into a foundation, which other persons with like passions use to reach out effectively with the orphans and the less privileged. He expressed interest in the education of the orphans saying that the foundation was ready to support government in that regard.
“We have been into this for a long time. We started with Model Community Orphanage, Awka, and we have since spread to several other homes. We have done some renovations, build a kitchen for them, started a skill acquisition programme; and we are ready to provide school bags, books and uniforms, if the ministry would enrol the children in a proper school,” he said.