By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
Assorted food items and toiletries worth millions of naira have been donated to Al-Ihsan Balsuma Children’s Home in Kaduna State by the Women Forum of Kaduna Refining and Petrochemicals Company (KRPC).
Speaking to newsmen during the distribution by the President of the Women Forum, Malama Basira Aliyu affirmed that award of scholarship, medical assistance to selected orphans and the less privileged as well as releases of prisoners will be captured in its subsequent activities.
Malama Basira said the activities are part of the group’s objectives to reach out to the less privileged members of the society that includes orphans and widows.
“We carry out the exercise on a quarterly basis to touch the lives of the less privileged especially orphans and widows within KRPC host communities to complement KRPC management’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.
“As mothers, we are touched by the plight of the orphans, widows and the less privileged that is why we established this Forum to organize such quarterly visits and distribution of food items to give them a sense of belonging and care.
“We have made it as part of our agenda, my emergence as the President of the Forum, four years ago” Basira added.
While commending the efforts of members of the forum and management of refinery for their co-operation, the Women Forum President observed that insufficient funding has been a major challenge in carrying out their activities.
She called on other male workers of the refinery, individuals, corporate organizations and government to complement their efforts.
Responding, the Co-ordinator of Al-ihsan Balsuma Children’s Home in Nasarawa, Hajiya Hadiza Jibrin said the new permanent home was built in 2016 by Zahra Buhari, the daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari and has sponsored the marriage of 20 female orphans out of the over 200 orphans made up of boys and girls adopted.
“I am also an orphan who grew up from this orphanage home 20 years ago and currently got married.
“The orphanage home takes care of all our essential marriage needs that include provision of beds furniture and the rest. Government has never come to us with any assistance” she added.
She however expressed gratitude for the donation by the KRPC women and appealed to well to do members of the society, organizations and government to emulate them.
The Managing Director, Executive Director Operations, Executive Director Services and other top management staff also made personal contribution for these activities.