by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
An NGO, ‘Children Leadership Mentorship Foundation’ (CLEMF), on Wednesday distributed foodstuffs, cloths and some cash donations to orphans and vulnerable children in Kaduna State.
Presenting the items in the foundation office at Choice Plaza Alkali Road, Kaduna, the founder, Alhaji Bashir Adamu, said the event marked the second-phase of the programs titled, ‘Sow Seed for the Orphans and Vulnerable Children in the Society.’
He lamented that some children lost their parents many years ago for different reasons, including HIV/AIDS, and most recently those involved in armed conflicts, among others.
He, therefore, stated that the gesture was aimed at ameliorating the suffering of the beneficiaries, especially in the face of the current harsh economic situation in the country orchestrated by Covid-19 and insecurity.
He said, “Today marks another important day on the history of our foundation, as we embark on the second-phase of the program, titled ‘Sow Seed for the Orphans and Vulnerable Children in the Society.’
“In 2023, the UN estimated the number of orphans to be over 43 million; that is, 12.3 percent of all children in the region. This is an increase of over 11 percent since 1990,” he said.
According to him, “Some children lost their parents for many different reasons – the issue of HIV/AIDS, which is hard to avoid or, recently those that were involved in armed conflicts. The extended family system cares for the most of the children, but there are still many that are left on their own,” he said.
“As part of the program of event, we are giving out some materials such as cloths, foodstuffs and cash to the children and their care givers.”
The ceremony was attended by orphans and vulnerable children from various communities across Kaduna State.
Personalities present at the ceremony include founder and National President of Woman for Peace in Nigeria (WOPIN), Hajiya Maryam Abdullahi, Journalists/Research Lapini, among others.