…As Engr. Okoro Hosts July Babies’ Day Celebration at Lumen Amusement Par
By Chioma Ndife
The Anambra State Government has been urged to enroll vulnerable children in the state owned Model Community Children’s Daycare Centre in conventional schools and to establish skill acquisition programmes in the home.
The founder of Okolo Cajetan Foundation, solely established for orphaned and vulnerable children, Engr. Cajetan Okolo, made the call recently while speaking to Journalists at Lumen Amusement Park, Ngozika Housing Estate, Awka, during the monthly Birthday Celebration organized by the foundation for children of the orphanage home born in the month of July.
Fides gathered that the birthday celebration which was held at Lumen Amusement Park, Awka, was the first time a birthday party was held for the Children of the orphanage outside their home since the beginning of monthly celebrations organized by Cajetan Okolo Foundation.
Engr. Okolo noted that the enrollment of the vulnerable children from the orphanage would enable them develop together with other children and also develop self-worth. He stressed that such association would help to remove inferiority complex and present same platform for children from the home to compete favourably with other children across the globe in all areas of life.
The founder whose foundation had been giving free computer training in the home since 2017, beckoned on the government to establish some skill acquisition programmes in the home to enable the children to have a guaranteed future. He disclosed that the foundation would commence a free training on bakeries and production of liquid soaps in August 2018.
He revealed that the monthly birthday celebration being organized for the children was borne out of his passion for children to give them a sense of love and belonging. Assuring the children of his contributions, he told them that their welfare was of his utmost priority and that he would do everything humanly possible to make the children have the best in life.
Earlier in his homily during the Holy Mass, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Ibenegbu, encouraged the people working in the orphanage to remain steadfast in what they did, saying that discouragement could come at any point, even as he assured them of continuous blessing and favour which, he said, could easily come from the works of their hands.
Giving a brief overview of the home, a member of staff, Mrs. Ada Morah, disclosed that the orphanage which was established in 2000 by the Anambra State Government had received assistance from various people.
She enumerated the challenges faced by the home to include water, light and enrollment of children in a conventional school.