The founder of God’s Love Tabitha Royal Foundation, a Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO), Evangelist Victoria Oloche, has told how she sources for fund by trading in clothing and other home wares to cater for about 60 orphans and other less privileged children in her custody.
Fielding questions from journalists at the occasion ofthe Foundation’s 5th year anniversary and Annual Love Feast, at the weekend,the founder of the Home located beside Government Secondary School, Nyanya Gwandara, a suburb near Abuja, said the NGO draws 70 per cent of its fund from proceeds from the trade.
She explained that she resorted to this (trading in clothing) as a veritable option, because the assistance coming from donors and other well-meaning Nigerians was too meager to cater for the various needs of children in the Home.
“Primarily, I don’t fold my hands. I am into sales of home wares andclothing to generate revenue, and sometimes donors come in to support. That is how we generate our revenue,” she said.
Asked if the home was satisfied with the financial assistance the NGO is getting, Evangelist Oloche answered in negation, blaming the lack of assistance to fake NGOs sprawling up everywhere.
She however, solicited for financial and material assistance from government at all levels and other well-meaningpeople in the society.
“We are not satisfied with the help we are getting, because we have money in this country and we have people, who are willing or wishing to give out, but the truth is that there are fake NGOs going about which makes a lot of people to become very reluctant to help.
“Notwithstanding, the appeal we are making to them is that they should come and see what we are doing, and try and be part of it.
“We are not saying they should just donate money, but they should come and see the children and the projects going on, and really know that we are investing their money into the lives of people, she stressed.”
Continuing, the NGO boss added, “We need more assistance because we need good rooms for the children, we need televisions, and we need books, buses that can take them to social activities, so as to make them feel equal with other members of the society.
“If there is support from the state, local and federal government, it will go a long way in facilitating our work, because children are really suffering a lot due to insufficient fund.
“For instance, the help we get from outside amounts to only about 20 percent, while the bulk of the fund we use for managing the Home is a personal effort which is 70 percent.”
Explaining further, she opined that, there are a lot of bills such as the teachers’ wages, which is about N210, 000 per month (times 3 months that makes a term).
“Then you talk about medical bills, domestic staff and their feeding, clothing and other needs; it’s not encouraging but we cannot back out.”
According to her, the foundation also operates a free educational scheme where children who live with their parents come in to benefit by paying only a token of registration fee which adds a little to the funding of the foundation.
Peoples Daily reports that the Annual Love Feast usually celebrated with orphans, less privilege widow and other less privileged people from other NGOs, as a forum for interaction, where donors come around to address some of the pressing issues.
Activities that marked this year’s event include: drama presentation, music shows and moral education to make sure the children don’t fall victims of occultism, prostitution, drugs and so on. Also, prayers were offered for the children and presentation of assorted gift items to them.
“We talk and they see how far we are going to show them that we are not faking.
“Yes, many fake NGOs are in operation, so when they come, they see the children in reality, they see the projects going on and how their Home is being kept.”
On what inspired her to establish the foundation, she said having being born to a polygamous family where they were faced with lack of care in all ramifications, she made up my mind to take care of less privileged and abandoned children at any level.
But speaking on the journey so far, the evangelist said: “Actually it has not been easy as the economy is a bit harsh.
“Although, it (the Home) is a large family of about 60 children that we have to cater for-love for the aid, pay their teachers, but God is ever faithful. We stand on him because in God in trust, and in God’s excellence we shine.
“At the end of the day, my joy will be fulfilled when I see many children that will proudly say that I was their mother.
“Finishing their secondary school, going to higher school even locally and international because right now we have about seven children in Ghana who are schooling. So my joy is making those children that lost hope to be like children of the President.”