By Dorcas Otuokere
A USA based group known as Umuada Ndi-Igbo in Diaspora Inc, on Saturday 5th of January 2019, visited the less privileged children at the Special Education Centre, School for the Deaf and Mentally retarded in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, during their outreach program aimed at touching lives of the vulnerable and needy in all Igbo states in Nigeria.
The occasion which brought a good number of Umuada Ndi-Igbo Diaspora Inc. members, in diaspora together caused joy and smiles on the faces of the less privileged, who benefited from the distribution of gifts items as; drugs, drinks, foods, clothes, soaps etc. There was also donation of doors, sixty chairs and tables for use in the Special Education Centre,Orlu by the USA based group.
The Coordinator of the New Jersey Chapter of Umuada Ndi-Igbo group, Mrs. Dame Ivy Onyejekwe, who was chief organizer of the program, while speaking at the occasion, said that the objective of the program is to show love and care to the children, stressing that they have visited the less privileged in Enugu, Delta and Ebonyi States. They had also adopted homes for the aged in Rivers State and Motherless Babies in Anambra State. She emphasized on the spirit behind their good services to the children which she said is their way of serving God and humanity.
Chief Mrs Uluoma Ihenachor, a philanthropist and National patron and board of trustee member of Umuada Ndi-Igbo while making her remark at the occasion, expressed gratitude to the New Jersey Chapter, for tasking themselves and organizing such a wholesome outreach. She said that she is committed to the growth and well being of the less privileged children which has also motivated her to singlehandedly sponsor well meaning programs for the less privileged through her Gerthill Allied Health school programs.
Chief Agbaka who represented the Igwe of Orlu, Eze Dr. Patrick Chinedu Acholonu at the occasion, expressed joy for the love and charity exhibited by the women. He commended them for embarking on life saving projects through their actions. He encouraged the disabled to accept their fate with happiness and hope for a better tomorrow, and there is abundant potentials and ability in disability.
Hon. Edwin Ihenacho supported the program financially through the women leaders of the Okuenyeremba Campaign Organization who represented him at the occasion. He donated bags of rice to the less privileged and encouraged Umu Ada Ndi Igbo to continue their good works.
Chief/Mrs Adaozo Grace Chinonyelum Agude, an entrepreneur and the founder/General overseer of Umu Ada Ndi Igbo in USA while addressing journalists at the occasion said that Umu Ada Ndi Igbo is women in diaspora empowerment grassroot organization that brings all Igbo women together to promote Igbo unity.
She explained that Umu Ada Ndi Igbo group is a non profit, non political organization where women put their skills and resources together to help the less privileged in the society through their outreach.
The founder maintained that the organization is not working for any political position or for earthly rewards but their goal is to ensure that every child has a family and able to survive in the society.