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ISN, NSCDC fete orphans with gifts at Yuletide in Lagos, Osun

By Kehinde Olatunji (Lagos) and Timothy Agbor (Osogbo)
30 December 2021   |   3:27 am
It was glitz and glamour as the ISN medical treated children of Little Saints Orphanage to a Yuletide party.

It was glitz and glamour as the ISN medical treated children of Little Saints Orphanage to a Yuletide party.

The event, held at Little Saints House, Dopemu, Lagos, featured games, talent show, dancing competition and quiz, with Santa Claus presenting gifts to the children.

Representative of ISN, Mrs. Olamide Akin-Balogun, said it was necessary to celebrate children and caregivers as a way of giving back to the society. She said: “For us in ISN, we believe that we should also give back to the community; it shouldn’t just be about us.

“This is our own way of appreciating the people around us. We don’t see the children as abandoned people because they are certainly in a home and being catered for. What we have just done is going out of our way to have fun with them.”

Akin-Balogun, therefore, urged the government to step up its game when it comes to orphanages, adding that the cost of living is having a toll on the people.

On her part, a member of the Board of Trustees of the orphanage, Mrs. Mayen Famous, urged both the federal and state governments to ensure a medical waiver for children in orphanages.

She noted that it was saddening that when children from the orphanages visit the medical centres, they are not given preferential treatment, adding that the government ought to create one for them.

SIMILARLY, the Osun State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), yesterday, treated some orphans in the state to a Yuletide celebration with lots of gifts and food.

The state Commandant of the Corps, Emmanuel Ocheja, in the company of other officers, visited an orphanage home, Sarah Adetutu Children Foundation, in Osogbo, to celebrate the festive period with the orphans and urged them not to lose hope of becoming great in life.

Ocheja, who narrated how he became an orphan at a tender age, said he was confronted with challenges but was resolute.
He said he thought of his past and decided to visit the home and share the festive moment with them.

“Please, don’t give up in this life. It is only God that knows what you (the children at the orphanage) will be tomorrow.” He donated food items and drinks to the home and commended the handlers for helping humanity.