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When Catholic Society Brings Succor To The Less Privileged In Delta

Posted: Sep 29, 2015 at 12:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi,



September 26 2015 would be a day students at Daughters of Charity and Children with Special Needs, Madonna School, Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State would not forget in a hurry. Not that they were remembered for Sallah, but were lavished with merriment.

That day, members of Saint Vincent the Paul Society, SVDPS, Saint John Mary Vianney Catholic Church Parish, Asaba displayed their slogan, ‘’in giving we receive’’ when they celebrated their annual feast with the pupils in grand style. It was an event that brought smiles to the faces of the needy and the staff of the school.

Mr. Richard Asenime, President of the Society, in his opening speech said the society is a non political and racial one, has the objective to bring together persons with like mind to promote charitable objectives and render selfless assistance to the less privileged in the Nigerian society.

He said 27thth of September every year was meant to commemorate the feast of Saint Vincent the Paul hence decided to make a day before it a merry making day, identified with those with special school needs, disables in Asaba and its environs as recipient of the charitable foodstuffs.

According to him, the celebration is not only being carried out in the school but spread throughout the catholic churches in the whole world, stating that happiness and relationships are necessities of life and if for any reason they are lacking anywhere, definitely should not be in school of this nature where the children are already saddled with so much challenges to cope with.

The President said in pursuit of this objective, the society has since embarked on several awareness session aimed at improving the living conditions of these less privileged ones in the society, revealing that Saint Vincent the Paul members have been soliciting for support from friends and public spirited individuals towards realizing the objective of making life worth living for the less privileged.

“It is also forum to call on government authorities and other groups that there is indeed a dare need to improve the living conditions of these less privileged ones in our society. Saint Vincent the Paul shall continues to remain grateful to the selfless individuals whose gesture no doubt lighted our financial burden,’’ Asenime said.

Continuing, ‘‘I am very delighted, a day to remember, we are fulfilled despite the time spent. We will continue to remember them in our prayers. We know the enormity of their problems, we believe with prayers they are summon table,’’ the President posited..

Corroborating, Dr Patrick Onwuachi, stated that love is a necessity in life, saying the society has brought joy to them since they a happy, the society is happy, and that their parents who abandoned them and say they are not human would be happy seeing them happy too.

He appealed to them to remind their friend and others who can still assist the school at the primary, secondary and vocational classes. He claimed the school would continue to teach them how to fish and not giving them fish, claiming they would one day come back to make furniture, mould blocks, electrify  and do other works in the school after their vocational studies.

Earlier, Sister Florence Ighoche, Administrator of the School, expressed her appreciation to the society for coming to bring smiles to the students of the school, revealing that the population of the school is about 300, and that 70 per cent are handicapped including those on wheel chair, while 30 per cent are with developmental problems and 15 per cent normal.

Represented by Rev Sisters Jannet Deinanaghan, Vice Principal and Scholastica Ashibiogwu, Community Sister, she said the school is in dare need to provide vocational studies to the pupils since they are not likely to secure employment after leaving the school because of their poor back ground and society intimidation.

According to her, ‘’this will make them to be reliable to themselves and possible become employer of labour in future. He also appealed to those encroaching into thye scuoll lands to desist. I thank HRM, Michael Ogboru, Oduani of Okpanam or his fatherly advice and contributions to the growth of the school’’

The administrator while thanking the Oduani of Okpanam, said the school could not admit those with total blindness because it lacks basic facilities like one on one tutor, library, administrative and classroom blocks, to take care of them, revealing that children confront a lot of distraction when they share classes.

She said most disgusting is that there is no accommodation for the boys’ dormitory and may be forced to start rejecting admission of girls soon. Apart from that she was afraid that the eating habit and training of the pupils may be corrupted in adjusting to society acceptability as there is no dining hall in the school, which can also serve as a multipurpose hall.

One of the children, David Nwokolo thanked members of Saint Vincent thePaul for remembering them coupled with the care just as he begged members not to forget them despite their visit.

Highlight of the occasion was dancing, singing by the pupils, prayers and presentation of gifts to the pupils