By Ononye VC
Members of the Omambala Vocations Association (OVA)today paid charity visits to two homes of the less privileged where they put smiles on the faces of the inmates to mark the Golden Jubilee of the existence of the association.
The association comprise of priests and religious from Anambra East and West,Ayamelum and Oyi local Government Areas.
The names of the homes visited are,Missionaries of Charity(Sisters of Mother Teresa) Community Children’s Home,Fegge Onitsha and Mother of Christ Compassionate Home,Oguta Road Onitsha.
Members of the association who were led by their President, Very Rev Fr Dr Basil Ekwunife visited with cash gifts, assorted toiletries, bags of rice,cartons of noodles and wearing materials and cartons of biscuits worth N450,000(four hundred thousand).
At the Sisters of Mother Teresa Community Children’s Home Fegge,Onitsha,members of the association were received by two officials of the Home Rev Sisters Christi and Catrina.
While handing over the gifts,Fr Ekwunife said their visit was to share their joy of Golden Jubilee and Christmas celebrations with the inmates.
According to Fr Ekwunife the Golden Jubilee celebration would have been incomplete without extending it to the less privileged who depend on the privileged for survival.
He expressed gratitude to God for giving the association the enablement to give to the poor.
At the Mother of Christ Compassionate Home,the Director of the Home,Rev Sr Rose Marret Ndupu Received the team.
Sr Ndupu narrated heart rending stories of the sufferings of the aged people which evoked tears on the eyes of the members.
According to Sr.Ndupu,many old and aged people are abandoned by their children and relatives at home such that they get sick and stay without food for weeks;some cannot get up from bed and develop sores while some are alive and have parts of their bodies eaten up by maggots.
Such abandoned aged people she said,were picked up by her organisation,treated and looked after at the Home.
Sr Ndupu appealed to families who have such old people to bring them to the home but should be ready to sign a Consent agreement.She gave the number of the inmates at the old people’s home as 42.
While responding, Rev Fr Basil Ekwunife on behalf of his Association commended Sr Ndupu and her workers for their dedication and love for their inmates as well as the neat environment where the inmates reside.
After handing over the various items brought for the welfare of the inmates,members of the association were taken round the dormitories where they prayed for the aged people who were delighted at their visit.
Some members of the association who were on the trip are,the President Rev Fr Basil Ekwunife, the immediate past President Rev Fr Prof.Kenneth Ikenga Oraegbunam,Rev Fr Remy Ikeche and Rev Fr Kingsley Ikwueme.
Others are,Sr Veronica Ukommadu,Bro Peter Uzuegbunam,Sr Gracia Nwabunwanne,Sr George Mary Ezenwa and Sr Eucharia Chike.