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UNAN partners foundation to mark International Day of Charity

…. donates items to Love Orphanage

By Ngozi Okpalakunne

The United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN), in collaboration with Joan Agha Foundation, marked this year’s International Day of Charity with a visit to Love orphanage home, Magodo, Lagos.

The International Day of Charity, which is marked every 5th of September, was established by the United Nations with the objective of sensitizing and mobilizing people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to help others, through volunteering and philanthropic activities.

The date of 5th September, was chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979  for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.

UNAN is a member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA).  It is a non-governmental organization, which was established in 1959 by Babs Fafunnwa, Former Minister of Education. It works to improve the relationship between people in member countries and the United Nations, develop public understanding of the UN and its operations, and promote the UN’s overall aims.

Speaking at the event Joan Agha, the Association’s President, who was represented by the Secretary General of UNAN Engr (Dr) Remi Olutimo emphasized that organisation is dedicated to the goals of the International Day of Charity.

He focused on the benefits of charity and how it may help bridge the divide between Nigerians of all ethnic backgrounds.

Engr Olutimo remarked that generosity is an expression of love that all Nigerians speak in the same language, regardless of religion, creed, or ethnicity.

He asked Nigerians and non-profit organizations to draw inspiration from Mother Theresa’s life and times in order to continue to make a good difference in the lives of the less fortunate.

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On why the organisation decided to choose Love orphanage Home for the charity, the UNAN  Secretary General explained, “We decided to choose this place because it is central. Normally, on the day you can choose to observe any place to observe with the UN. This place was chosen because it looks more central”.

In addition, he said that they chose orphanage at random each year to visit and celebrate the day together saying that orphanages are unique in that they provide a safe haven for society’s most vulnerable individuals.

On the other hand, he appealed to those who wish to adopt children to ensure they do that for the right reason.

In his words: ‘’To adopt, you must first ensure that you are adopting for the correct reasons and that you are prepared to adopt, keeping in mind what the children have been through before being placed in orphanages. They require a lot of affection and are ready to raise them as a new family”.

On his part, immediate past president of UNAN, Engr. Ganiyu Owolabi appealed to government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of orphanage homes in the society and added that such aid would enable them run the homes effectively.

In keeping with this, UNAN Nigeria commemorate the day by donating various food items to the Love Orphanage Home in Magodo. The items include beverages, rice, pasta, biscuits, yam, some bags of rice, groundnut oil, to mention a few.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Founder of the home, Nike Adeyemi, a social worker and Manager In-Charge of of the home, Toke Onosanya, expressed gratitude to the organisation. She said, “With all the things you brought, it will go a long way in taking care of the children. We can’t take you for granted”.

She acknowledged that people come in and make donations which has helped a lot, but appealed for more donations from good spirited individuals and companies, to the orphanage.

“Support with school fees through sponsorship. We need a bus, pool car to take the children to the hospital or school, and others.

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