By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
Over 100 people have benefitted from the COVID-19 palliatives and sensitization sponsored by the Nigerian Conference of Women Religious (N.C.W.R.), Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, in collaboration with an international charity-based NGO, known as ALIGHT.
Speaking at the sensitisation of some of the beneficiaries on the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as observance of COVID-19 protocols and distribution of COVID-19 palliatives, at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Podium, Awka, Anambra State, on July 9, 2020, the President of N.C.W.R., Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, Rev Sr Dr Noeleen Obi, said the palliatives and the sensitisation were part of their charity contribution to humanity.
Sr Obi, IHM, who is also the president of N.C.W.R. Awka Area, noted that the palliatives which included rice, beans and tablets of soap, to each of the beneficiaries, were their support to help the beneficiaries to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The president announced that the COVID-19 project by the two groups, which also included cooking of food to feed the poor in the streets, was for the very poor individuals within the Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province.
According to Sr Obi, the COVID-19 project was carried out by the Nigerian Council of Women Religious of all the areas that were within the one Catholic Archdiocese (Onitsha) and the seven Catholic dioceses (Abakaliki, Awgu, Awka, Ekwulobia, Enugu, Nnewi and Nsukka), which made up the Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province.
She charged all to observe all the COVID-19 protocols, as well as to maintain basic clean hygiene so as not to contract the coronavirus.
Rev Sr Obi, IHM, noted that anybody could contact COVID-19, and urged all to stay home so as to stay safe and seek medical help when they noticed symptoms of coronavirus or illness generally.
Fides gathered that the two bags of 100kg rice and three bags of 100 kg beans and tablets of soap, were shared to some of the beneficiaries on July 9, 2020, while the N.C.W.R., on Thursday, 16, 2020, cooked food and fed the poor in some of the streets across Awka, Anambra State.
In their various speeches, two of the beneficiaries, Mrs Mary Ukanwoke, and Mr Joseph Ilo, on behalf of others, thanked N.C.W.R., Onitsha Province and ALIGHT, for what they described as their unique goodwill. They prayed God to replenish their pockets, and continue to bless, as well as protect them, especially against the coronavirus pandemic.
ALIGHT was said to be working with Catholic Reverend Sisters around the world to assess current risks of COVID-19, and create what the NGO called tailored emergency response plans against the coronavirus pandemic.