COVID-19: Foundation donates hand washing facilities, face masks in Anambra
By Gabriel Chy Alonta
Nonso Nwaebili Foundation, a non-profit organisation, has donated hand washing facilities and over one hundred face masks to St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Okpoko, in Ogbaru local government area of Anambra state.
The gesture, Orient Weekend gathered, was part of the foundation’s contribution towards curbing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as to protect the pupils of Holy Land Foundation Nursery, Primary and Secondary School domiciled in the church premises as students prepare to return to classroom.
The event took place during the 9th Okpoko Archdeaconry Women’s Conference, themed, ‘The Mystery of Faith; Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again’.
While commissioning the project, the founder of Nonso Nwaebili Foundation, Barr Nonso Nwaebili, said his target was to establish the hand washing facility in all the churches and schools in Ogbaru local government area, as his personal contribution to the fight against coronavirus.
He said the foundation also presented over 100 facemasks to the women, and promised to supply hand sanitisers as measures to fight COVID-19 pandemic.
Nwaebili, who is also the Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Laison Matters, disclosed that he was motivated by the humane nature of the state governor and his wife, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano.
According to him, Gov Obiano has transformed governance and provided veritable opportunities for youths to participate in political activities, as well as getting involved in decision making. He urged parents and teachers to join hands in creating awareness on the coronavirus pandemic, to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols. He warned youths to take responsibility of their future and refrain from being political thugs.
On the rising cases of rape and other sexual violations, he chided those involved in forceful canal knowledge of opposite sex, to refrain or face the wrath of the law.
Responding to the gesture, the Venerable in charge of St Luke’s Angelican Church, Okpoko, Nathaniel Egwuenu, commended the benefactor for his initiative in providing for the society. He called on government to intervene in the roads in Okpoko, which he described as a ‘dead trap’. He said the roads had affected the commercial and other economic activities in the area.
One of the church members, Mr. Philip Eze, noted that with the installation of the hand washing facilities, he would be comfortable to send his children to school, when schools resume.
“With this, I will tell my children to start preparing for school. I will also inform them to wash their hands at regular intervals and observe social distancing, especially in the class and during leisure hours”, he said.
The chairman, Ogbaru local government, Hon. Arinzechukwu Awogu, also commended the spirit of philanthropy demonstrated by Barr. Nwaebili in providing hand washing facilities as well as seeing to the health needs of the people.
This paper reports that the foundation had earlier organised a medical outreach at St. Gregory Catholic Church, Iyiowa Odekpe. The foundation had also awarded scholarships to vibrant young men and women whose parents were unable to live up to their educational responsibilities.