By Ikeugonna Eleke
Students of the Federal Polytechnic Oko in Anambra State have rescued a girl who was found picking food from a garbage bin to feed her family.
Sources said the girl was a regular visitor to a trash site, close to an eatery in the community, where people dump left over food.
A student of the polytechnic, Iyke Orji, who narrated the girl’s ordeal, said it was found out that she picked the food, warmed it and fed it to her siblings and grandparents.
Orji said: ‘She will pack them, go to their house and warm them for herself, siblings and grandparents.
‘We were touched and contributions started. We donated a huge amount of money and bought foodstuffs for her. We acquired bags of rice, beans, noodles, crayfish, onions, egusi, custard, sugar, beverages, yams, groundnut oil, red oil, a bag of garri, toothbrushes and pastes, spaghetti, and other numerous things.
‘They’re living in poverty. We also gave them a cash of N20, 000 for miscellaneous.
‘We discovered that the four kids have been out of school for a very long time now due to lack of funds. I have decided to pay the girl’s school fees from primary 3 to Primary 6.
‘We noticed that the remaining siblings are also out of school and I informed my course mates. As we speak, they have decided to pay the children’s fees till primary 6,’ Orji narrated.