By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
It was a rare opportunities for residents of 3 communities in Karu local government, when Patriotic Vision Foundation NGO donated food items to them.
The NGO in partnership in the Republic of Ireland, shared rice, vegetable oil, salt and magi to over 300 households in those communities.
Gombo Aboki a middle aged man who is a second hand cloth seller living at Orozo in Karu, a suburb in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), said he was overwhelmed and speechless seeing what he thought could never come his way during this COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the help came to his door step at the Orozo Jain stadium, when he thought no one was looking his direction.
He said the gift was timely considering the Christmas period which prices of food commodities has skyrocketed.
“As you can see I got rice and other items. Before today, I only see people on television and pictures of Newspapers and are heard stories of how people got help. But today I have seen it with my own eyes. With this, I can also tell the stories to other people.
“ I am so happy because at the peak of the Covid- 19, my family and I suffered a lot owing to the effect that crippled the economy and affected those of us who
Make our money on daily basis. I am grateful to Patriotic Vision Foundation for remembering our community. This food items will feed my family for a while. It is only God that will bless them and the Irish embassy”.
Another beneficiary, Rinret Sunday, said life has been difficult for her during this COVID-19.
She said there was no work for her as a private school teacher. “All hopes were dashed and it looked as if I was alone in this world. But when I heard that his NGO was was coming, my hope was rekindled and I waited patiently for their coming.
“With what I have received here today, I can go home and have a sound sleep, knowing that there is enough to eat. I am delighted and I praise God for this rare privileged given to our community.
“ I believe that if more NGOs can emulate what Patriotic Vision Foundation in partnership with Irish Aids(Embassy of Ireland) did, then help will reach many people. NGOs should be empowered to put more smiles on peoples faces because there are thousands of hungry people out there and no matter how small the food palliative is, it will go a long way in satisfying our needs.”
Meanwhile, the NGO visited two (2)other communities in Nassarawa state; Commissioner road in Mararaba and All women jubilation school Masaka.
When the palliative bus arrived, there was a large number of people over a 100 who were anxiously waiting for the palliative distribution.
A resident of the community, Hawu Abdulliah, who could not hide her joy, said this is a Devine arrangement by God.
Abdulliah expressed satisfaction on how the organization distributed the palliative. She showers encomiums on the NGO and Irish Embassy for intervening at the right time when their family needed food.
In his remarks, Nbedge Sunday of Dunamis International Gospel Center Mararaba 3, expressed gratitude to God almighty for allowing the NGO to choose their church to be the distribution center for the church members and people of other faiths.
“God will bless the Patriotic Vision Foundation and the Embassy of Ireland for such power to sponsor the such for the gesture extended to our community.
“We will continue to pray for the NGO to reach out to other people in need. I also believe that God will continue to guide and protect them”.
Mrs Ene Elijah who said that gift of palliative was awesome asked God to blessed the NGO and Irish Embassy to expand them and provide more donations to the NGO through other mediums of opportunities.
Speaking at the event, the Welfare Officer of the NGO, Chakpa Terwase, explained reasons why the NGO set for the emergency palliative response, he said “we discovered that the pandemic has sacked many peoples from work.
“Many peoples have lost their source of livelihood. Many in these regions cannot afford to eat. Based on these, we identified some of these communities to reach out to them.
“This situation necessitated us to write to the Irish Embassy for intervention fund and that is the impact you are seeing in these communities.
“The Embassy donated financial assistance and we carefully selected the affected peoples for emergency response on COVID-19 interventions to bring hope to the masses.
“We know that government has various programmes but as an NGO, we are pleading with government, philanthropists, individuals and private organizations to partner with us in order to give more of such interventions.”
He said the synergy with Irish Embassy has helped the NGO to affect over 500 lives during the pandemic and “we are happy we provided help for families.
“We are also training over 67 pupils and students across Abuja and Nasarawa to offer hope to those sincerely in need “.
Meanwhile, the Project Manger Patriotic Vision Foundation Dr Ochotukpo Sylvanus stated that the aim of the NGO is striving to bridge the gaps between the government and the less privileged in the society and “today the NGO has achieved its aim and objectives by providing food palliatives to such categories of peoples through the partnership with Irish Embassy.
“I am excited today seeing people’s lives being affected. Many of them thought they couldn’t be remembered for such gesture but today our NGO has brought happiness right to their doorsteps and their lives has been touched positively”.
“Patriotic Vision Foundation NGO appreciates Irish Embassy greatly while appealing for more assistance from the Irish embassy.”