There were four visits in the month of February by AWACIO:
Visit to two orphanages, one in Durumi and one in Kuje
Visit to African International College to support their charity drive
Visit to the Prison in Kuje
On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012, AWACIO paid visits to four places. The first visit was to the City of Refuge Orphanage in Durumi. When we got there, we spoke and played with the children, hugged them, and presented our provisions and food items.
We left there to visit the African International College (AIC) in Games village, to deliver our provision contributions to their orphanage visit.
We left the school to visit the Kuje prison; we met road blocks at the prison gate as security was tight.We went there with food provisions and the Voice Magazines to give to inmates. We were thoroughly searched. At the prison, we met with the Prison Supretendant (NPS), President of inmates, President of Christian inmates, President of Muslim inmates, and the Prison Chaplain. AWACIO CEO,
Dr. Claudia Okeke made a brief presentation about AWACIO, shared our vision and goal, and a desire to partner with them on areas of interest to AWACIO. Our goodwill gesture was well received and acknowledged. The NPS, Mr. Paul Njoku, shared the prison challenges with AWACIO and emphasized that LOGISTICS was one of major concerns they had. AWACIO made a cash donation to their request for money to fuel their vehicles and repair them for transporting inmates to the court hearing scheduled the next day. Mr. Njoku reiterated the need for us to apply for partnership which we concurred. Our discussion ended with a short prayer by Pastor Solomon Akuboh. We left feeling humbled and touched by the visit.
We left the prison to visit another orphanage, Christ Foundation Orphanage in Kuje. The owner Mrs. Patricia Oye Kuta disclosed that the orphanage started in the early 90’s, but was officially registered in 2004. The orphanage has 41 orphans with children between the ages of 4 and 20 years. When asked about her major challenges in running the orphanage, she stated that it was the paying of school fees for the children. About twelve (12) of the children attended private schools while the others attended public schools. The proprietress failed to maintain a clean and hygienic environment even after being notified by several visitors of their visits. We were not encouraged to donate cash to the orphanage because of the sight of the facility. We felt that the proprietress has not taken her time to maintain a healthy environment for the orphans. We were highly discouraged by the sight of the environment. We would need a second visit to the place particularly after they have moved to their new site. We presented our provisions and food items to them followed by a short prayer by Pastor Solomon Akuboh.
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