From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Group under the auspices of Pastor Christ Oyakhilome Foundation and Christ Embassy’s Inner City Mission for Children has donated back-to-school kits to 100 pupils of UBE Banono community in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Pastor Marcel Obode of Christ Embassy, Northwest Zone 1, who presented the items said it includes school uniforms, bags, shoes, books and other writing materials needed by pupils to attend schools.
Obode, while distributing the items at Banono explained that the gesture, under Christ Embassy’s Back to School Campaign 2019, was to support the children displaced by recurrent attacks to return to school.
“We are here in response to the need of the community, particularly the vulnerable children who were forced out of school by recurrent attacks.
“We are not only donating back to school kits, but also handing over a renovated block of two classrooms to UBE Banono.
“We are equally distributing food items, clothes and other items to those in need in the community to help alleviate their suffering,” he said.
According to him, the gesture was part of Pastor Christ Oyakhilome Foundation and Christ Embassy’s Inner City Mission for Children efforts to reach out to the needy and the forgotten in hard to reach communities.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Back to School Campaign, Pastor Rudolph Smith, said that the intervention was among many in the pipelines for vulnerable children and hard-to-reach communities in the state.
Smith said that the campaign hope to support and return about 500 primary school pupils in six hard-to-reach vulnerable communities.
Responding, Malam Ishaku Simon, Education Secretary in the LGA, thanked the Christ Embassy organisations for the gesture, which he described as ‘commendable’.
Simon called on other corporate organisations, institutions and individuals to emulate Christ Embassy in supporting the state government to provide quality education in the state.
The Village Head, Mr John Makaddas, equally commended the church for coming to their aid, adding that the support would encourage all parents to send their children to school.
Makaddas said that the community suffered three attacks by gunmen; the first one in July 2017, another in July 2018 and the recent one in April 2019.