Ahead of the Christmas celebration, a Jos based Non Governmental Organisation( NGO), SID-Care Global Network has donated educational materials to 338 children within the age of 2 to 13 years. ACHOR ABIMAJE reports.
A Jos based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), SID-Care Global Network has presented 338 children within the age of two to 13 years old, school bags, water bottle, exercise books, clothes, shoes and basic consumable ahead of this year’s Christmas.
The gathering of children by this NGO is an annual event with the aim of giving the children a sense of belonging and to show case their potentials.
Over 350 school children gathered at the Korret Hamlet event centre in Jos, the Plateau state capital for this year’s event organised by SID – Care global network in collaboration with Betitefille foundation.
Speaking at the event, Sarah Idris Madaki, founder of the NGO noted that their target this year is to give over 338 children between the ages of two to 13 years assorted gifts that will help them in their academic pursuit.
She gave the break down of the beneficiaries schools to include 37 children from Kingdom kids klub, 11 from Simji Girl Child Empowerment Initiative, 18 from Otana Integrated Schools (Deaf Technology Foundation), 103 from the house of recab(THR), 152 from CLAPAI orphanage and 17 pupils from Mashiah Foundation totalling 338 children.
According to her, the NGO was established to render selfless service to people through community development projects, like skill acquisition and empowerment training, mentoring programmes, educational support programmes campaigns and advocacy.
She added that the mission of the NGO is to develop sustainable projects, facilitate charity events, skills acquisition and empowerment training and also campaigning conscientiously for nation building with the primary pursuit to bridging socio-economic gaps.
“Our mission is to build capacity and instil hope in the most neglected and vulnerable people in Jos and other parts of Nigeria.”
Madaki further said the core values of the NGO is integrity transparency, dedication, excellence, self motivation, sacrifice, charity, transformation, alliance and participation.
“The aims and objective of the NGO is to conduct skills acquisition, volunteering training for disadvantage and vulnerable children/youth in order to make them self reliant and for entrepreneurship development,” she added.
Another aim of the SID – Care Global Network is to organise campaigns for needy families by collecting and distributing donated items and solving educational problems through support/advocacy and to sponsor the education of gifted and talented disadvantaged/vulnerable children in the state.
She pointed out that only together they can build stronger communities, achieve excellence and make a difference, saying when you build communities, you build an entire nation.
She stressed that the ‘gift a child’ for Christmas initiative is aimed at giving the less privileged and vulnerable children in the community every December so they can feel loved, cared for and be appreciated.
She solicited for support from spirited individuals, NGOs, government agencies and philanthropists in order to make the events for the kids a memorable and remarkable one.
Highlights of the event included health talks, dance performances by the various children groups, presentation of gifts to children by Santa Claus and the cutting of cakes by December babies, among others.
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