The Okatahi Foundation, during the Yuletide, reached out to widows, less privileged, physically challenged and orphans in Okengwe, Okene local government area of Kogi State.
This is in line with its philosophy of touching the lives of the less-privileged in the society for Christ.
The Okatahi Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), has empowered several people in Kogi State and beyond with scholarship, skill acquisition, social amenities among others.
The Christmas Food Bank Launch and donations to the less privilege held at the Okatahi Library in Okengwe, Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State.
Several beneficiaries expressed their excitement about the initiative considering the difficult economic environment. The beneficiaries prayed for the family of Late Rev S.S Okatahi who passed on over a decade ago, but whose legacy lives on.
The Food Bank stakeholders committee and Community Quality Life Team (CCLT) were set for the purpose of sustainability of this initiative, local collaboration and inclusion strategy. This will make them comfortable and put them in the best position to be able to reach out to the less-privileged in the society.
On their part, the 14 man community leaders and stakeholders are willing to contribute their best effort to achieve the set objective of the foundation and the food bank meant to support the less privileged, physically challenged, widows, orphans in the community.
Dr Moses Omeiza, the CAN chairman and community leader representing Ageva ward speaking at the event, said the essence of these initiatives has no connection with political ambition because over the years the Foundation has always as a matter of mandate touched the lives of the community members positively more so that this is not the right time for projects like this to a right thinking politician.
He called on other leaders to emulate this effort which will no doubt transform more lives in the community.
The Project Manager, Mr. Daniel Omeiza representing the National Coordinator, Mr. Oyisi Okatahi encouraged the people to avoid the “entitlement attitude” but rather seek ways to collaborate together to empower themselves.
The Project Manager emphasized that the foundation is committed to strengthen her strategy to build capacity around four key areas: Education, Health, Welfare and Moral Values.
He encouraged the leaders to suggest names of individuals in the community who can be part of this initiatives. He stated that contributions in cash and kind were both welcomed as monthly donation of as little as N500 could educate a child for a year, and small pack of garri or rice could feed families for several days, noting that “Nothing is too small to give.”
The foundation has intervention programs in other states such as Borno, Kaduna, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos.