January 2, 2021

IWA support 1000 “Abraham children” in Lagos, empowers Odogbolu’s schools

By Moses Nosike

In the spirit of Christmas led by divine passion, and with the objective of promoting a generation with human values and creating a community of people, the Indian Women’s Association has completed another round of children support at Orile, a suburb of Lagos state. This was achieved in conjunction with the Indian Christian Congregation. “Abraham Children” is an charitable arm of ICC that provides children christian values for the development of Nigerian children.

During the interaction with the children, President of IWA, Mrs Geetika Tandon encouraged the children to be committed to their studies and continue to trust God. And as they continue to obey their parents IWA will continue to support them the more.

In its endeavour to help the less privileged, Indian Women’s Association, Lagos, presented a cheque of N 300,000 each to Odogbolu Comprehensive High School and Odogbolu Grammar School, to support the education of deserving girl students.
The cheques were presented to Kabiyesi of Odogbolu and his queen Madam Esther Olori, to be duly handed over to the school authorities. Thanks to all the donors who made this possible.

Speaking on the responsibility of IWA, Mrs Tandon said that we gather Indian women in Nigeria to support community projects like the one of “Abraham Children” initiated by ICC.

We adopt schools and provide vocational trainings. During the COVID-19 we visited Ilupeju Police Station and LASMA with palliatives, and IWA donated a lot of things both government and private”.

In the same vein, the Coordinator and Treasurer, IWA, Mrs Rupa Walia said, “we are here to bring our people together to render service to humanity, encourage children to build human values, and to celebrate our rich culture and support charity work in the country where we operate. Service to humanity is the best service anybody can offer.

Speaking further in a media chart with newsmen, Abraham revealed that the initiative started in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown where all Nigerian schools were closed and many poor children were left without any formal education or access to any online education. “Basic needs like food, shelter and clothing were also lacking”.

However, as part of our social responsibility, we decided to adopt 50 children from Orile area of Lagos for support. To our surprise, there were almost a response of 1000 children who wanted to be part of the ministry. Due to the social distancing terms we decided to call them in lots of 50 and started registering them into the Abraham’s Children programme while we conducted an awareness session about COVID-19 as well as the precautions needed to safeguard themselves during the pandemic time”.

In addition to strengthen the good work of ICC towards a better society, the Indian Women’s Association partnered ICC to encourage the children as it provided Christmas gifts, writing materials, healthcare items etc. for the children while they were taught on Godly and human values that can help their growing-up.

According to the General Overseer, Indian Christian Congregation, Santhosh Abraham, Abraham’s Children is an initiative developed as part of the charity outreach ministry of the Indian Christian Congregation with the purpose of partially adopting needy Nigerian children between the age of 4 to 14 and to provide them with sound Biblical and social values of human life and to build them up as responsible adults that would contribute to the future of Nigeria.

Abraham said, “We are also open to work as a channel of blessings for some overseer ministries that would like to contribute into the lives of such needy Nigerian children”.