By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Correspondent Lagos/
LAGOS– TEARS of joy and prayers for abundance weekend, rented the air at the police children primary school on Oba Akinjobi Street Ikeja Lagos, as the First British Charity Home Foundation, a non-governmental and non-profit organisation donated writing materials, and paid school fess to the less privileged pupils and orphans of the schools. No fewer than 20 pupils who lost their parents while in the service of protecting lives and property of Nigerians and widows whose husbands died also in the line of duty were the immediate beneficiaries.
Founder of the Foundation, Mr. Evans Uchendu said he was moved by passion to doing what he is doing saying that having been in the country for some time now, has realised that some people feels neglected in all aspects of life and that has resulted in security challenges. He said, “For some time I have been in the country and have consciously noticed the security challenges that have led to the death of some policemen and other security personnel; these officers have left their wives and children helpless and looking at it from a passionate angle, these children need to be in school, who is going to cater to them, the economic situation is getting worse, people can no longer feed let alone paying school fees. So I looked at it that if I can be struggling to pay children school fees, what about a poor widow whose husband died trying to protect our territorial integrity, how about the children whose parents are both dead leaving them behind? That is why I decided that we should pay their school fees, pay their PTA levies and provide some educational materials for them.
“Then the orphans, looking at it from the security perspective, then I came to the realization that if these large number of children grew up without education and realized later that their father died as policemen and soldiers fighting for the country and both the country and prominent Nigerians could not put them through basic education, and knowing that crime is a thing of the mindset, such thought could heighten insecurity in the future. That’s why we are doing this charity and fostering future security. This gesture is not limited to the police alone, in time past we have visited villages where we lent hands of fellowship to old people without children, those who are visually impared, we provided glasses for them. We also reached out to inmates in various detention centers, cook good meals for them and provided medical support for them,” he added.
Reacting, the Head teacher of the school and assistant Director of education Mrs. Ngozi Nkem Nwachukwu expressed appreciation for the founder of the First British Charity Home Foundation for the outreach adding she too suffered similar fate. She said, “I can find words to express how I feel today with this donation and money for the children of poor widows and the orphans because I too suffered similar fate. I am from the Njamanze family in Imo State and my father was working with Shell BP then. He was advised to marry my mother. But shortly afterwards he died and the money that was paid to him was collected from my mother because she declined to marry my father’s brother. We were six and I am the only female. I slept with my mother until the last day of my marriage. Widows are going through hell. I am a widow now, I lost my husband two years ago, but I would say that I am far better than my mother; at least I am educated. But it is not easy. For you to have rememberd these children and come to pay their school fees, you don’t know what you have done. God will always remember you. You and your generation unborn will not suffer, you will not lack good things of life. We are grateful.”