“We want to use this occasion to rekindle the love and unity in the family circle, but more importantly, it is an occasion to teach our mothers not to loose sight on the upbringing of their children. It is our sincere hope that when there is peace in the family level, the society will be better for it,”
Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Not less than 150 women and children residents of Kabusa district of the Federal Capital Territory at weekend joined in the global celebration of the 2015 International Day of Families.
The celebration at the local community was at the instance of the non-governmental organization, NGO, Sure Smiles Women and Children Advocacy Initiative said the celebration was necessitated to re-iterate the role of the family in building a society without which the society is not.
The women and children who gathered at the St. Anthony Catholic Church, Kabusa village in Abuja Municipal Area Council of Federal Capital Territory were told that family plays an important role in the development of any society, and women and children are the core of any family.
Addressing the women and children at the occasion, President and Founder of Sure Smiles Women and Children Advocacy Initiative, Mrs. Chioma Udegbonam reminded them that May 15, has been set aside to celebrate the International Day of Families, noting that as an NGO championing the course of women and children, there is no better way to celebrate the family without women and children.
“We want to use this occasion to rekindle the love and unity in the family circle, but more importantly, it is an occasion to teach our mothers not to loose sight on the upbringing of their children. It is our sincere hope that when there is peace in the family level, the society will be better for it,” she stressed.
A member of St. Anthony Parish Council, Mr. Vincent Uzodinma in an interview with our correspondent commended the group for its extraordinary love and care towards the needy in the society, even as he enjoined government at all levels to encourage and support genuine organisations across the country.
Uzodinma, noted that Sure Smiles Women and Children Advocacy Initiative has focused more attention on the plight of the less privileged in the society especially women and children.
According to him, “this is not the first time women and children of this Parish have benefited from the kind gesture of Sure Smiles Women and Children Advocacy Initiative.
“The last time she came with her group, she put smiles on the faces of women and children within and outside the parish. Her kindness towards the needy cut across denominations and religion. Today, she is here to celebrate with the same women and children to mark the International Day of Families. In fact, I call on government at all levels to encourage and support such sincere organisations.”
A beneficiary, Mrs. Nkechi Onyenka who spoke with journalists expressed delight over the kind gesture towards the less privileged in the society, adding that the move by the NGO will go along way to curb vices in the society.
Items distributed to children includes school bags, writing materials, while clothing and assorted food stuff were equally distributed to women.