By Praise Necherem
It was celebration galore in three schools in Anambra state following the donation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities to students of the schools by Victims Support Fund (VSF), under the COVID-19 emergency intervention programme.
The three schools were Community Secondary School, Mbaukwu, Boys High School, Nteje and Community Secondary School, Igbakwu. The schools were drawn from each of the three senatorial zones of Anambra Central, Anambra North and Anambra South.
The facilities donated to the schools included a solar-powered borehole, four handwash stations, 2000 pieces of reusable facemasks, five pieces of 4-litre hand sanitisers, 120 bottles of 500ml liquid hand wash and five cartons of bleach.
Speaking during the event, chairperson, Victims Support Fund Taskforce on COVID-19, Mrs. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, said the organisation decided to move from providing food and medicals to other interventions. She said, “Victims Support Fund continues to work to provide relief to victims of insurgency and armed conflicts in Nigeria, especially in the core areas of livelihood and recovery, education and protection, infrastructural developments, research and peace building.
“The project is part of the third phase to 54 schools in 18 states across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Our interventions are mostly in rural communities where people could hardly go to.
“In southeast, we’ve handed over facilities to Enugu, Abia and Anambra. We’ve also donated to South West and other geopolitical zones of the country.”
Responding on behalf of the benefiting schools, the principal of Community Secondary School, Mbaukwu, Mrs Catherine Anizoba, expressed appreciation to the benefactor, promising proper maintenance of the facilities.
Photo: Principal of Community Secondary School, Mbaukwu, Mrs Catherine Anizoba, thanking the benefactor, while the chairperson, Victims Support Fund Taskforce on COVID-19, Mrs. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji (in jacket) and some selected students look on