The Immigration Officers’ Wives Association (IMMOWA), Lagos State Command has adopted two children at the SOS Children Village, Isolo, Lagos State. It was when they visited the Village which cares for displaced children.
Chairperson of the association, Mrs Oluwafunmilayo Odupeyin, said that the group decided to celebrate with the children to express their love for them.
“We are here to celebrate with these children by showering them with gifts. We have also gone a step further by taking up the responsibility of catering for two children in the Village. Nigerians should learn to spend their time and money helping the less-privileged in society”, she explained.
The Village’s Director, Benjamin Buraimoh, who received the visitors, said that love should be shared everyday and not on a particular day.
He said that SOS Children Village is an international non-governmental organisation that caters for children at risk, adding: “We have other villages in Abuja, Jos and Ogun state. In catering for these ones, we have two major approaches; first, we identify and bring them to the Village. They will be fostered and given to parents if they do not have one. Those parents will raise them until they are able to manage their lives.
“Another one is the training programme which involves identifying needy children who live with their parents. This is done in conjunction with any community-based organisation that can identify the children for us. We put them on the list and give them various supports which include paying their fees and buying cloths for them among others.”
“We also support families who are not economically strong by putting their wards through vocational courses and probably introduce them to our micro fiancé scheme that can give them loans to acquire equipments,” he explained.
On how interested Nigerians can help the village, Buraimoh said: “Apart from the gifts which we receive, an individual can assist by becoming a godfather or mother to any child or children. The individual is expected to pay a certain amount on an annual basis for the child’s upkeep. We will at the end of every year, write a progress report on the sponsored child and send to the godparent or sponsor.”
He lamented that they do have challenge of resources as they get little or no support from Nigerians in other villages except Lagos. “We receive many gifts here in Lagos and most of them are sent to the others Villages that have little or no support from Nigerians. We plead that more of such generous donations should come from privileged Nigerians.”