An Ilorin based Non-Governmental Organization which specialises in humanitarian services to the less privileged, the Islamic Orphanage Foundation, has solicited for more support for orphans under its are.
The foundation noted that the increase in the numbers of the orphans in the society has contributed to its challenges of catering for their needs especially in the area of payment of school fees among others, ROYAL NEWS reports.
The Chairman of the foundation, Architect Sefiullahi Alege, who spoke to journalists in Ilorin at the 2019 annual empowerment programme for the Orphans stressed that, “there is no religious discrimination in the admission of orphans and venerable children into the foundation.
“What we do is to carefully screen the children in order to know if they really need our support going by their parental and family status. In fact, there was a time when one Christian man supported us with N40,000, bags of rice and other items.”
While appreciating the Federal Government for its kind gestures, Alege said the Islamic Orphanage Foundation has benefitted from government policy of giving out seized items by the Customs Service during the last Ramadan fasting.
He said: “At this juncture we want to thank the Federal Government of Nigeria under the watch of President Muhammdau Buhari for allowing the Nigerian Custom Service to make donation of Food items and clothes to IOF and other like organizations.
” A total number of 276 children have benefitted from our activities of which 176 are in primary and secondary schools, 84 in tertiary institutions and 13 have since graduated.
“The foundation’s Legal Unit is still working on the modalities and possibility with relevant government agencies. We shall get in contact with all of you wishing to adopt as soon as we conclude arrangement.
“We seize this opportunity to appeal to you to assist in buying equipment for our children that will be graduating from their training from time to time. Similarly, there will be need to provide fund for their take off like renting shops and working capital. Today, six beneficiaries will be empowered with sewing machines, one with welding machine and another one with equipment for sale of engine oil.
“Our Centre if completed will be of assistance to the Foundation in terms of source of fund as well as proper training of our children. We therefore appeal for assistance through you or any known individual or bodies within or outside Nigeria for the completion of the centre as work as been suspended at site for the past 3 years.
“We appeal to Federal and State Governments, Traditional and Spiritual leaders to address the issue of security in the country. As we all know that the result of this will produced a lot of orphans all over. Our IDP centers are also not safe with incessant attack on the innocent people.
“We want to see the whole scenario as been politically motivated and the root of the whole killing must be identified and the culprits brought to book.”
To reach out to the foundation, you can contact:
ISLAMIC ORPHANAGE FOUNDATION
Current UBA – 1010352253.
Saving UBA – 2024366975.
Sterling bank – 0500330136.
Monthly Contribution Account Sterling bank – 0500765488.
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