WorldStage Newsonline– An international nongovernmental organization (NGO), Royal Initiative against Poverty and Starvation (RIAPS) has donated food items and educational materials to the Kuchingoro Internal Displaced Person (IDP) camp as well as City of refuge Orphanage Home.
RIAPS is an international organisation aim at ending poverty in Nigeria.
Speaking to journalists on Saturday at the New Kuchingoro IDP camp in Abuja, Chairman of the Foundation, Mr. James Opanachi also announced plans by the organization to recruit 10 teachers to support educational learning in the IDP camp.
He said that the planned recruitment of teachers was to support government’s existing effort at the camp, adding that more teachers will be needed.
Opanachi said, “70% of Nigeria populations are poor and we have come to fill the gap to support the efforts of Federal Government. We are mobilizing forces individually and from the United Kingdom.
“It’s a movement that has started and will not stop. We heard of your food needs, education needs, we heard that you need books, teacher sand means to educate your children.
“This is not going to stop today. My team in Nigeria will be here every month to supply infrastructure in the schools, like chairs, writing materials, and provide food to make you live better.”
Opanachi lamented that 5.1milliion people die every year and about 19,000 children die yearly due to hunger, saying, “that is what we call paradox in Nigeria, meaning poverty in the midst of plenty.
“There is really a gap, the FG is trying to cloth, it’s not about government, it’s about concerted effort.”
Chairman of the IDP camp, Philemon Emmanuel, while receiving the items thanked the foundation for their support.
He said they had been in the IDP camp for four years with most of them being farmers and graduate.
He said they were willing to go back to their farms and that they would need chemicals for farming.
While also appealing for loan for farming, he said, “If the initiative can give us loan to farm, we will pay back the loans. That’s the best need we have. We are producers of beans, we sell our beans to Lagos.”
The foundation Project Manager, James Caleb said, “most of these people have been displaced from their homes and you know how that feels. So we are here to donate materials to them. We will continue to visit them from time to time.”
Items donated include, gari, beans, maize, yam, cartons of Indomie, oil, tissue papers, exercise books, pencil and other learning materials among others.
The Administrator of the orphanage, Darlington Francis, expressed gratitude to the foundation for their support, saying, “Some of the children were picked by the bush side, road said and some abandoned in the hospital by their parents.”
According to him the orphanage had 19 children, “some in nursery school, Primary and secondary school, nine are in the university. Four years ago, we have our first graduate from University of Ghana who studied Information Technology and now working in Lagos.”