RCCG women visit sur­vivors of in­fan­ti­cide in Abuja

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - By Mau­reen Onochie

The Women of Zion Fel­low­ship of the Re­deemed Chris­tian Church of God (RCCG) Glo­ry­land Parish Maitama, Abuja, vis­ited the Vine Her­itage Home, Kiyi, in Kuje Area Coun­cil of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory to make do­na­tions and iden­tify with chil­dren in the Home.

The chil­dren are vic­tims of in­hu­man tra­di­tional be­liefs and cul­ture of some com­mu­ni­ties within the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory, es­pe­cially among the Gbasa Komo tribes.

It was gath­ered that the chil­dren at the Home were res­cued to avoid be­ing killed. In the an­cient tra­di­tion of the Gbasa Ko­mos, chil­dren born as twins or triplets, al­bi­nos, with any form of phys­i­cal de­for­mity such as cleft lips, cere­bral palsy etc and any child whose mother died dur­ing de­liv­ery or while still breast­feed­ing, were killed.

The RCCG women, led by the wife of the Pas­tor-in-charge of Glo­ry­land Area, Dea­coness Uren Etim, said the women meet once in a month to pray for their homes, es­pe­cially for their part­ners and chil­dren. She said they also iden­tify and pro­vide for chil­dren who are in need.

Mrs Etim pre­sented cash, food stuff and toi­letries to the Home on be­half of the women.

Also speak­ing, the Pas­tor in charge of Glo­ry­land Area, Pas­tor Akan­imo Etim, com­mended the ini­tia­tive by the women fel­low­ship and called on all well-mean­ing in­di­vid­u­als and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions to sup­port the Vine Her­itage Homes.

Re­spond­ing, the Vi­sion­naire of the Home, Mr. Sola Stephen, said it is her­culean task fend­ing for the chil­dren but that God has been pro­vid­ing for their needs. He noted that there are 30 ba­bies that feed on milk daily and that in Septem­ber 2018, he spent N3.2 mil­lion on the school fees of 98 chil­dren in ad­di­tion to pro­vi­sion of books and uni­form.

He said there is an ur­gent need for an ad­di­tional 12 rooms as the chil­dren are grow­ing and in dire need of big­ger ac­com­mo­da­tion.

On the pos­si­bil­ity of giv­ing out the chil­dren for adop­tion, he said none of the chil­dren will be adopted be­cause they are hope­ful, that in fu­ture, their par­ents will re­pent, have a change of heart and re­claim them. He said three of the chil­dren have so far been re­stored to their par­ents, with firm com­mit­ment that the chil­dren will be safe in the fam­i­lies.

The Home, which was es­tab­lished in 2004, is cur­rently hous­ing 153 chil­dren.

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