An Abuja-based NGO, known as Chadash Empowerment Foundation, has called for more support for children in orphanages across the country.
The Founder/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the foundation, Mrs Temitope Adeola, made the call at an event to celebrate the 2023 World Orphans Day, with the theme “Care for the uncared”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the United Nations Organisation (UNO) had fixed Nov. 13 to celebrate the annual World Orphans Day.
The CEO of the foundation, who is the wife of Sen. Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, stated that there were 17.5 million orphans in Nigeria, as estimated by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs as at 2015.
She said that the predicament of the vulnerable orphans, especially the young ones, was enormous, but called for support from all well meaning Nigerians to reduce the challenges they were passing through.
“I know a lot of people do not know that there is a day set aside to celebrate the orphans in the society and some might know but not privileged to attend any programme in that light.
“I am glad you are here, and I take this opportunity to welcome you to your first World Orphans Day celebration which we themed “Care for the uncared”.
“World Orphans Day is a day people around the globe raise awareness on the plight of orphans and provide and assist them to be self-reliant and sustain themselves.
“I am delighted that the foundation could be part of the champions, to lead the cause of bringing awareness to the plight of vulnerable orphans in our society.
“We are using this programme to encourage Nigerians to start an effective initiative for orphans in their various communities. Every 18 seconds, a child becomes an orphan, and over 90 percent of orphans will never be adopted,” she said.
The CEO also used the opportunity to seek an end to the incessant violence in the country, and pray for peace to reign in the land.