Ro­tary clubs in Germany, Hol­land part­ner to em­power Bada­gry youths

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - THE METRO SECTION - By Melody Fidelis

THE Ro­tary clubs of Dor­ma­gen, Dis­trict 1810 Germany; Uden, Dis­trict 1550 Hol­land, and the Ro­tary Foun­da­tion have do­nated sets of sewing ma­chine worth N3.5 mil­lion to Enye­maka Ohanaeze youth de­vel­op­ment cen­ter in Oke-ogba, Bada­gry area of La­gos State. The equip­ment were do­nated to em­power youths in the com­mu­nity, at the han­dover cer­e­mony of its global grant project or­ga­nized by the Ro­tary Club of Amuwo.

The im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent of the club, An­nie Essienette, said the jour­ney started last year, when Ro­tary Club of Amuwo was ap­proached by the Ro­tary Club of Dor­ma­gen through the founder of Enye­maka Ohaneze Foun­da­tion, Rev. Fa­ther Oliver­dom, a cleric based in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The idea was borne out of the need to pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tion for youths in Oke Ogbe, a com­mu­nity the rev­erend fa­ther usu­ally vis­its when­ever he is in Nige­ria. “The Ro­tary Club of Dor­ma­gen in turn reached out to a sis­ter club in Hol­land and to­gether they agreed to raise funds through the Ro­tary Foun­da­tion,” she said.

As part of the project, a skills ac­qui­si­tion cen­tre was opened in Au­gust with the plan to en­rol up to 150 stu­dents every year. Al­ready, 30 stu­dents have com­menced train­ing in hair­dress­ing, fash­ion de­sign, cater­ing, wood and metal while Ro­tary Club of Amuwo can rec­om­mend 10 stu­dents for schol­ar­ship in any of the cour­ses.

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