In Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, some National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) members spent May 27, children’s day, with orphans at the Old Parade Ground, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, North-central Nigeria, under the umbrella of different orphanages and foundations.
The children who came out dressed in different attired danced and posed for photographs.
Jonathan Kenneth, a 10-year-old from Anambra State, was one of the orphans. Kenneth, whose father is late, is currently a primary 4 pupil of St. Jonas Foundation Academy in Gwagwalada, a school run by the orphanage home that shelters him and many others.
Kenneth’s dream is to replicate the love he has been showered with by growing up to become a medical doctor, who will help the poor; feed, clothe, and treat them.
Evangelist Esther Chiamaka, the custodian of the children who brought them out to have fun, described Kenneth as a very special and gifted boy. She pointed out that some of the children have shown interest in acquiring vocational skills aside from going to school.
Peace Samuel, 9, a primary two pupil of the same school, has the passion for bead making. However, she desires to become a lawyer when she grows up.
“I always love to play and be around other kids. We live like brothers and sisters,” Peace said.
Hairdressing is also one of the skills taught to some of the orphans. Beauty Moses, 8, is skilled in hairdressing.
“I made the hair of two girls sitting here with me aside many others,” she said and pointed at the other children.
Precious Joseph, 7, told HumAngle she feels “important” even though she had lost both parents. To her, St. Jonas Foundation Orphanage Home is her home, with people she has come to know as family.
“I want to become a nurse when I grow up and give people treatment for free the way I am treated when I fall sick,” she said. Precious has been with the foundation for about four years.
Voice of Orphans, Africa & Diaspora Initiative, an NGO, is the body responsible for bringing the children from different homes to dance and mingle.
Tunde Okokoro, who heads the NGO, said it was set up out of a passion for humanity and particularly children.
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