RCCG women visit survivors of infanticide in Abuja
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.