The Co-Chairman of National Council Of Traditional Rulers Of Nigeria disclosed this at the inauguration of Oluwakemi Orphanage Home in Ibadan on Sunday.
Oluwakemi Orphanage home was transformed by Ooni of Ife through his Hopes Alive Initiative(HAI) a Non Governmental Organization established as support shed to less privilege people, orphanage homes and other related organizations in Nigeria.
The orphanage home which was being run in an onconducive facility in Omi Adio area of Ibadan was relocated to a new building fortified with modern facilities and equipment at Ladeowo area in Ido local government for better living of the orphans by the monarch through the initiative.
Ooni Ogunwusi who was ably represented by HRM, Agboju of Agbaje-Ife, Oba Adekunle Adebowale maintained that creating an enabling environment for the less privileged people in the society will give them an assurance of a better future and help the society to a large extent. He said Ooni is very worried by the plight of the underpriviledged people especially youths and children, assuring that the African foremost monarch will not relent in his committed efforts in caring for the needy.
The Deputy Convener/CEO of Hope Alive Initiatives Miss Temitope Adesegun said Ooni Ogunwusi has introduced the initiatives to meet the need of the less privilege and poised at ensuring they live and function better in the society despite their challenging situation and shortcomings.
Adesegun maintained that such promising task requires collaborative efforts of all and sundry, hence the need for others to support the initiatives is pertinent.
“This promising task requires collaborative efforts of all and sundry. His Imperial Majesty has established HAI to meet the need of the orphans and less privilege with a view to ensuring they live and function better in the society despite their challenging situation and shortcomings, hence the need for others to support the initiatives pertinently required. Temitope Adesegun said.
“It’s a big umbrella for all NGO’s and foundations to come under to have what they need, we advocate for the less privilege ones, supporting them the best way we can to give their life a new beginning.” She added
Mrs Victoria Adeleke, the operator of Oluwakemi Orphanage Home said she was caught unaware of the kind gesture of the Ooni called uncommon monarch. She charged all well to do individuals and organizations to emulate him, describing him as a role model.
”God would continually bless our father the Ooni of Ife as he has brought comfort to the helpless in our care, I want also use this privilege to solicit support from wealthy members of the public to assist us, we need money to support the children’s education, pay workers salaries, we also need food item and other materials which Kabiyesi Ooni has also promised to constantly do for us through this HAI, but he should be supported.
Two of the children, Ololade Olaleye and John Adeleke while thanking the monarch and members of HAI expressed the hope of a better tomorrow with their new home
“Now we have a new building well painted with good water system, toilet and kitchen facilities, television and other things that will make us happy. God bless our father, Ooni and God bless his organization, HAI“ The children prayed.
The Hopes Alive Initiative is an NGO owed by Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II as an advocacy program designed to alleviate socio-economic, cultural and environmental challenges in a bid to reduce the impact of poverty among the most vulnerable in the society while creating equal opportunities for all.
The NGO under the administrative leadership of Miss Temitope Adesegun has less than one year done several projects including the solidarity visit in December 2017 by the HAI’s management team to the Internally Displaced People(IDP) Camp in Abuja through which Ooni Ogunwusi donated in very large quantity pharmaceutical certified Drugs, Power Generating Sets to power engines used for pumping the portable clean water for the use of the IDPs, school bags and books for kids going back to school and a lot more.
It will be recalled that the revered monarch on May 28th this year also hosted over 5,000 pupils drawn from 80 schools, including Orphanage centres, in Ile-Ife and environ to a party organized by HAI in commemoration of 2018 Annual Children’s Day from where cash gifts and other prizes were were won by outstanding students, parents and teachers.
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