The need for the government to create more inclusive policies for Non governmental bodies focused on child care support has been highlighted by management of the Modupe Cole Memorial Home for Children with special needs Akoka Lagos. They call on the government to support them with the provision of more health care workers and staff in view of the special needs of residents at the facility.
The call was made on Wednesday when Ladies from the Female Professionals for Sanwo-olu initiative (FPS) paid a visit to the Modupe Cole Memorial Child and Treatment home at Akoka Lagos.
Convener of the group Barr. Omowunmi Ogungbaibi while speaking with the AV1 News also called on well meaning Nigerians to give more support to such homes as Child Care support is capital intensive and very demanding. According the needs of children are unending and so should the availability of such needs.
”There is never an end to the need of children. And caring for children with special needs is one that is highly demanding. So more Nigerians need to give attention to Chidcare homes such as this.”
Highlights of the FPS visit was the delivery of gifts items to the children as Convener of the group also took time out to mingle with the children as swell as chat with them.
From the Modupe Cole Memorial Home for Children with special needs, the Ladies also made a stop at the Ebute Meta destitute resettlement home Lagos where many there are observing the Ramadan Fast. With this in mind, the Ladies delivered materials and food items needed to break their fast and as well prepare for the day ahead.
Principal of the school, Mrs. Abosede Oyeniran disclosed that the school is congested being the school in Lagos the provides residential facilities.
”If you do not have passion and love for the children, you cannot do it. I have been working here since 1977. We need more staff and we also need more space. The place is congested.”
From the Ebute Meta settlement, their next port of call was the Little Saints Orphanage Ilupeju Lagos. Tucked away in the serene environment of the lovely ilupeju Palmgroove Estate. The Little Saints Orphanage indeed has come of age as it is the first non-governmental indigenous orphanage approved by the Lagos state government in Nigeria. And Since its inception in June 1994, hundreds of children have benefited from the Orphanage. This is where countless number of abandoned or abused children have found succor. A haven indeed for Children.
Once at the Little Saints Orphanage, the FPS ladies were ushered into a celebration arena as the ladies blend in having come prepared. Sitted in the Hall are missionaries, Pastors , care givers and other members of staff who had come to celebrate with the Founder of the Little Saints Orphanage Reverend Dele George as she celebrated her daughter’s birthday.
In an interview with AV1 News, Reverend Dele George founder of the Orphanage, she expressed gratitude not only to the FPS Ladies, but as well very well meaning Nigerians who have been showing support for the Ministry through the years. She also used the opportunity to urge the government to create more inclusive policies that will give NGOs such as the Little Saint a voice in Policy planning an implementation.
”Omowunmi has been a patron of the Orphanage for years, she is a giver, and very passionate about the children. We have to take care of our vulnerable people, not just vulnerable children, vulnerable men and women. We need the government to do more in terms of helping orphanages, because we have not had their support as government. But as individuals, they have been very supportive. Mrs. Sanwolu visits Orphanages regularly, wife our President Elect Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu has also helped greatly over the years. She has been with us right from the inception of Little saints orphanage in 1994.”