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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

COVID-19: NIRA donates to SOS Children, Modupe Cole


The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) has donated some items to the SOS Children’s Village Isolo-Lagos State, reports ITREALMS.

The donation which was made last Saturday, ITREALMS gathered, was to encourage the Village in catering for the children, especially the homeless and less privileged in the society in cushioning effect at this period of Coronavirus pandemic.

In his comment, NIRA President, Muhammed Rudman accompanied by one of the Executive Directors, Mrs. Nkem Nweke and Executive Secretary, Mrs. Edith Udeagu among other personnel, commended the leadership of the Village for the good work they are doing in uplifting the society.

NiRA, Rudman said, is a non-governmental organisation with the responsibilities of managing the ‘dot ng’ country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD).

He also said they had earlier visited Modupe Cole in the same vein and pledged that NIRA will be happy to welcome any of their children who major in Information Technology (IT) for internship.

Pointing out that the work of the village is most appreciated at this time of COVID-19 pandemic, which motivated NIRA leadership and staff to visit them with a number of essential communities.

Receiving the visitors and donations, the National Donation in Kind Coordinator for Fund Development and Communication at the Village, Mr. Lawrence Agbaegbu, appreciated NIRA for remembering the them.

He also gave a brief background of the SOS Children’s Village in Nigeria, saying that they cater for children without parental care and take seriously issues concerning children who are at risk of losing parental care.

He recalled that the perseverance of the founder, Hermann Gmeiner was built on what he saw at the World War II of 1949, and at the end of civil war in Nigeria when he visited in 1970, stressing that he discovered the society was in shambles, and worse hit were children, hence he stood up for children and created the legacy of SOS Children’s Villages of today along some well-meaning Nigerians led by Mrs. Awoliyi.

Aside upholding international guidelines for the alternative care of children, he disclosed that SOS Children’s Village follows strictly the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child for children deprived of their family environment in execution of activities.

SOS Children’s Village, he also said, offers quality care and is a caregiver centre grounded on community-based care, offering equally foster care and kinship as well as providing counselling and training alongside the government for those in need.

Agbaegbu further said, they offer support to community of families for children who cannot live with their parents and all they do are backed with expertise and available resources.

ITREALMS gathered that SOS Children’s Village currently are located in various parts of the country including Lagos, Owu-Ijebu, Gwagwalada, Jos, Ibada and Kaduna.

Some of essential communities donated at the SOS Children’s Village include some 10 bags of rice, cartons of milo, Dettol anti-bacterial soaps, Three Crown milk, some ceiling fans, canoe bar soaps, tubers of yam to name a few.

Chuks Egbune/DoP

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