OIF Newsletter Vol 2 No.7

Welcome to our newsletter focusing on collective responsibility towards orphans the OIF Scholarship and the Grace & Genevieve Ikenchukwu Scholarship Scheme for Girls (GGISSG).

VOLUME 2: JULY 2018. NEWSLETTER

Dear Sirs,

ORPHANS: OUR COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY

Woeyoo ooo, woeeyoo oo,woeeyoo oo…

The mourning cries of women could be heard all over the compound as they lamented the death of Nseobong, with hands on their heads and tears flowing down their cheeks. The men though dry eyed, wore sad looks with arms folded across their chests and shook their heads, looking at the little girl whilst they spoke among themselves.

Amanda sat in big mummy’s (her grandmother) parlour wondering what was causing all the commotion amongst the men and women? At 6 years old, she understood that tears were caused by sadness but she did not understand the depth of sadness. She spotted her grandmother sitting on the floor wailing with a group of women surrounding and speaking to her, some were looking at her and shaking their heads, others were crying.

Her grandmother was crying and shouting “God why? why me? Why my Nse, Oh God why”?! Amanda immediately remembered her mother’s name is Nseobong; She looked around for her mother but could not find her among the women. She began to wonder why she was taken from school before her last class and why it wasn’t her mum who picked her? Besides big mummy had been crying and had not spoken to her since Ifunanya’s mother, their neighbour, brought her home. She decided to ask big mummy herself as she did not understand what was going on.

“Big mummy, where is my mummy?” Amanda asked. Her grandma began to cry again and hit her chest repeatedly. This scared Amanda so much that she began to cry herself. It was then, Ifunanya’s mother took her away and explained that her mother had gone to heaven. Heaven? How? Why? She thought. “…,but, mummy can’t go to heaven and leave me, daddy is already there”, Amanda replied. She began to cry, because not too long ago, she had asked her mummy why she never gets to see her daddy; her mummy had told her that her daddy had gone to heaven to watch over them, she did not want mummy to go to heaven like daddy. She wanted mummy to stay with her – forever.

Christiana Ukim let out another loud wail as she thought of her daughter, Nseobong, gone forever, never to be seen again. She thought of all the pain Nse endured when she lost her husband and now barely three years later, dead herself in an automobile accident. She thought of poor little Amanda, who was only six years old and without a father or mother. Who will take care of the child? At 68 years old and a widow, she did nothing substantial for a living and relied on her small farm, the goodwill of her children and the community to cater to her needs. She had a maid who kept her company and handled chores within the house. Unfortunately, she did not have children until her late 30s and as a result bore only 3 children including the late Nse who was her first child. Her two sons were unmarried and in no condition to accommodate a child. Her number one worry was for Amanda…

When a child becomes orphaned, so many issues arise. Foremost is the care of the child. Often time, the children find themselves homeless or shipped off to live with grandparents, family members or even contracted as domestic helps and sources of cheap labour. This affects their physical, emotional, mental health and general development. Ultimately, it shapes their lives and may sometimes leave adverse effects on the child and the society at large.

At the OIF, we value every child, especially the orphaned children, who have had to face the realities of life at a very early age. This is why we promote their welfare through our various scholarships and programs such as the OIF Scholarship which caters to children in primary and secondary school and the Grace & Genevieve Ikenchukwu Scholarship Scheme for Girls (GGISSG) which caters for the university education of girls/women. Application for the GGISSG is currently ongoing. To find out more about this scheme, visit our website www.queengracefoundation.org for more information. We also campaign for the removal of girls hawking on the street into the classroom through our #offthestreetintotheclassroom campaign program as well as visit orphanages where we donate much needed food, clothing etc. We are inviting members of the public to partner with the OIF in making a difference in the lives of our beneficiaries.

The OIF would be pleased to have you join us in making a difference. We will appreciate your support towards our initiatives either by donating, sponsoring a GGISSG awardee or any of our other projects, subscribing to/ purchasing our bi-annual magazine “MINDS” or partnering/ collaborating with us. It all depends on how far you can go.

To support our cause, please find below the OIF account details:

Bank Name: Zenith Bank 
Account Number: 1013842933 
Account Name: The Obi Ikenchukwu Foundation
OR
Bank: Access Bank
Account Number: 0762932298
Account Name: The Obi Ikenchukwu Foundation

Feel free to contact us via our contact details.

N.B: For any legal advice/opinion please contact Sceptre Legal Services via any of these numbers 01-4605611; 08098300333.

Sceptre Legal Services is the preferred law firm that represents The Obi Ikenchukwu Foundation in all legal related matters.

The Obi Ikenchukwu Foundation

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