…As Bishop Okoye Commission Tiger Nuts Processing Outfit
By Chioma Ndife
To make the Christmas Season memorable and special, the Trinitarian Foundation for orphans and helpless, has hosted a Christmas party for orphans and helpless in the foundation’s home and others around Neni environs.
The Christmas party which was held on Friday, December 24, 2021, at Trinitarian Foundation for Orphans and Helpless, Ugwudunu, Neni, Anaocha LGA, Anambra State, commenced with a concelebrated Holy Mass led by the Bishop-Elect of Nnewi Diocese, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye.
Fides gathered that the celebration also witnessed the blessing and commissioning of the Foundation’s tiger nuts processing outfit that will generate funds to enable the religious body to run its day-to-day activities.
Blessing the tiger nuts outfit, Bishop Okoye commended the Trinitarian Sisters for setting up the business venture, saying that the development which he termed a happy one, would assist the religious body. He said that the venture would provide an opportunity for Anambra youths to learn how to be self-sufficient and reliable.
He said the religious community through the business venture would be self-sufficient as it would prevent them from going around begging for money to run the orphanage home.
Speaking to Fides, Bishop Okoye noted that the work of the Trinitarian Sisters was adding great value to society as they were making the face of the world better through the hope and confidence they gave to orphans and the helpless.
He disclosed that the Trinitarians through their activities reached out to little children in great difficulty, who were sick, abandoned and physically challenged and created an avenue of living with them and nursing them. He said it was beautiful celebrating Christmas with the children on the Christmas Eve to rejoice with them and make them feel happy, noting that the Mother Church had concern for such children.
The Catholic prelate applauded the nutritional value of the tiger nuts and the hygienic manner under which the sisters produced the drink in its natural state without adding sugar and preventives. He urged people to have a taste of the drink and patronize the sisters to enable them to grow beyond their present stage.
The Sister in-Charge of the Home, Rev. Sr. Pia Okafor, thanked God for the success of the Christmas party, noting that the Party was organized to make the children enjoy the special season. She noted that the activities of the home were geared at giving meaning to the children’s life without making them feel less of themselves or consider themselves as those without parents.
Sr. Okafor while appreciating people that had been showing love to the children through their visits, said the orphanage was mostly in need of baby milk and diapers as they were always consumed per minute.
She described water as the most urgent need of the home as they spent a lot of money in its purchase on a weekly basis to carter for the needs of about 50 children in the home. She beckoned on good spirited individuals who could drill water for the foundation to come to their aid.
She disclosed that the Trinitarian Foundation had ventured into the production of tiger nuts drink, cake, chin-chin, among other items, to enable them to pay school fees, hospital bills and to augment what they usually receive from people.
The Christmas party witness the presence of the Traditional Ruler of Neni Community, Igwe Damian Ezeani, priests of Awka and Ekwulobia Dioceses, other guests who joined in the children’s fun fair.
The family of the late benefactor of the Trinitarian Foundation for Orphans and Helpless, Sir Anthony Obiagaoso Enukeme were also on ground to present their Christmas gift to children in the home.