By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
Established in 2007, a Non-Governmental Organisation known as Feed the Family Foundation (FFF), on Tuesday, December 22, had her 2020 Annual Christmas Celebration with the needy and gave out various gift items to over 185 beneficiaries.
At the event, held at Dr Raphael U. Uzoezie’s Country Home, Etiti Village, Igboukwu, Aguata LGA, Anambra State, the beneficiaries smiled home with their FFF’s Christmas gifts which included rice, tubers of yam, cooking cubes, drinks, cash and vitamin C tablet, for their health wellbeing.
Fides gathered that the beneficiaries of the 2020 Christmas celebration were selected on the basis of five needy persons from each of the 36 wards that made up Igboukwu Town, and five others, from among the non-indigenes, resident in Igboukwu.
Speaking to Fides, the Founder/ President, FFF, Dr Ego Cordelia Uzoezie, said the Foundation, which had a better tomorrow for the Nigerian youths and their families through proper training, empowerment, economic independence and productivity, as its vision, was into giving succor to the needy, educational scholarship for needy students and provision of empowerment tools to less privileged individuals who had acquired skills to enable them to start off and be self-reliant.
On what inspired her to establish the NGO, Dr Uzoezie, who is a former Provost, Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe (NOCEN) and a former Anambra State Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Social Development, as well as a former Director, Catholic Women’s Organisaion, Awka Diocese, said it was the love people showed her when she was kidnapped in 2007 that led to its establishment.
According to her, FFF which focused on improving the lives of the less privileged, and had her husband, Dr Raphael Uzoezie, as one of the trustees, was part of her contributions and that of the family, to give back to God for saving her from the hands of kidnappers.
Uzoezie said her family had been financing the programmes of projects of the Foundation, until 2018, when others indicated interest and had been supporting the Foundation.
Fides gathered that four secondary school students and four tertiary school students were the current beneficiaries of the Feed the Family Foundation Scholarship Scheme.
Among the beneficiaries of the scholarship were Onyeka Uzoezie, Bubendorff Memorial Grammar School (BMGS), Adazi-Nnukwu; Chinedu Ofodum, Community Secondary School, Isuofia and Emmanuel Udechukwu, St Peter’s Secondary School, Achina.
They also included Nonso Obiokafor of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, as well as Chigozie Ezebuegwu and Chinaza Ezenwosu, both Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe (NOCEN).
One of the beneficiaries of the Christmas largesse, Mrs Eucharia Madubuike of Obiuno Village, Igboukwu, who spoke to Fides, thanked the Foundation for the goodwill, praying for God’s blessings on the donors.
Earlier, during the concelebrated Holy Mass led by the parish priest, St Peter’s Parish, Uga, Rev Fr Thaddeus Oranusi, to mark the 2020 event, the parish vicar, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Igboukwu, Rev Fr Solomon Anyaorah, in his homily, observed that the Christmas celebration with the need reflected love and communalism. He commended the family of Dr Raphael and Dr Ego Uzoezie, for deeming it worthwhile to share the love of God with the needy in their midst.
Rev Fr Anyaorah, who based his reflections on the readings of the Tuesday (I Samuel 1:24-26 and Luke 11:46-56), described God as one who had the power, but out of love, showed mercy to his people. The homilist, who added that God was love, exhorted his people to share love with others, especially, the needy.