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About 60 children who were being prepared for re-enrolment into school after they were evicted from their homes in Otodo Gbame have been enjoying free meals in the last two months. The free meal is served as lunch and provided by NauNau Foods.

Commercial Manager, NauNau Foods, Nsikan Udo-Osoh, said her company decided to intervene by donating its products as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to make the children enjoy balanced nutrition meals aside keeping them in school.

She said towards ensuring school children who were part of those evicted from Otodo Gbame return to school, Linking Hands Foundation decided to organise a bridge-gap programme for the children and one of the challenges they had was the pupils absenting from school to hawk for their parents.

According to her, for the children not to be absent, the founder of the foundation got across to her company for support in having a meal a day for the children, to be an impetus to look forward to during the next day’s class.

She said her company’s pioneering product, NauNau Food, a ready-to-eat Nigerian food, was donated to the school. So far, 100 cartons of NauNau Food had been donated to the foundation.

Founder, Linking Hands Foundation, Efe Farinre, who thanked makers of NauNau Food for donating its product, said it has helped in ensuring the children are present in school.

“For most of the children, feeding is a struggle that this partnership with NauNau Food has come to solve, giving the children an opportunity to nutritious meals, as they learn in school. And for parents that do not value education, this serves as incentive because they are sure their children will a meal when they come for classes.”

One of the pupils, Blessing Etonu, who spoke on behalf of other beneficiaries, thanked NauNau Foods for feeding her and her colleagues. She said she is always happy after taking the food, which she said is very sweet.


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