Monday, 6 January 2020

Lawmaker's wife reveals why Calabar street Children survive harsh conditions, moves to their aide

Ukorebi Esien | 3rd January 2020

Barr. Mrs, Joy Njah Mbu-Ogar, President and Founder of The Finisher's Outreach, has said that Calabar Street Children are able to survive the harsh conditions in the street because of God's plans for their lives, stating that the harsh conditions the children go through and still survive can only be the handwork of God. 

Mrs. Njah who celebrated the new year with the children in Calabar, explained that every child is a gift and blessing from God, and has equal right and value, including the ones on the street. While speaking with the children she admonished them to be of good conduct and behavior to avoid security agents coming after them. She informed that when they abide by the laws, their lives and security will be guaranteed as well meaning citizens will be moved to come to their aide. 

Mrs. Njah who happens to be wife of a lawmaker, Hon. Chris Njah Mbu-Ogar member representing Etung in the Cross River State House of Assembly said her gesture which is a regular activity on the street Children is borne out of the need to always keep the children happy especially in festive seasons so they won't be tempted to go into stealing and other crimes. She also called on Cross Riverians to avoid the temptation of looking down on the children as well as maltreating them. She therefore advised that rather Cross Riverians of goodwill should join The Finisher's Outreach to carter for street Children in Calabar. 

The activity which saw her visiting several spots where the children are usually found around Calabar metropolis featured sharing of cooked food and drinks, medications to the sick ones among them, sanitary pad to females, as well as counseling and prayer sessions with children. 

Mrs. Njah also revealed that her organization, The Finisher's Outreach is planning to secure a rehabilitation center for the street Children, where they can lay their heads after the day's job of scavenging. She also plans to return to the street soon to distribute clothes and other amenities to the children, with a grand plan of enrolling most of them in several skills acquisition programs such as tailoring, mechanic, welding, etc.