Lagos Based NGO, JAKIN initiative on Tuesday gifted 1500 Orphans, vulnerable children, and households living in Lagos food items and party packs ahead of the 2021 Christmas celebration.
Held at the JAKIN’s office in Yaba, the NGO in partnership with Action for Change and Empowerment (ACE UK) under its ACE support program distributed food items to 500 vulnerable households.
ACE had in the last year partnered with the NGO to distribute quarterly palliative to vulnerable households.
Organized to provide food items for families that might not be able to afford decent meals during the December festive celebration, ACE UK took responsibility for the food items distributed to the 500 vulnerable households. The food item distribution was timely as it came in the wake of the price hike currently rocking the food commodity market.
Also celebrating orphans and vulnerable children that might not be able to afford gift items during the Christmas season, the NGO with the support of its sponsors and partners gifted 1000 vulnerable children and orphans with party packs under its time out with Santa program.
Speaking at the event, the president of the NGO, Mrs Olubukola Adebiyi commended the sponsors and partners for making commitments towards the event despite the country’s harsh economic condition.
“We can say we are blessed with committed and relentless partners the program we did today is for over 1,000 orphans and vulnerable children and 500 vulnerable households and with the support of ACE UK Action for Change and empowerment this organization is owned by Nigerians in Diaspora led by Mr Yemi Edun,” she said.
“They’ve been partnering with us for almost 12 months now supporting us with quarterly palliative distribution to vulnerable households. So they took off the 500 households as their last partnership for the year 2021. So everything given today, we had 1kg rice, we had macaroni, spaghetti oil, semovita salt, and noodles in each of the packs for the households solely sponsored by ACE UK,” she added.
She disclosed that the time out with Santa was solely sponsored by Maryland mall, faithfully fix, Empowered Christian Center Southern Australia, Covenant Apostolic Church Maryland U.S.A, and 25 other individual partners.
She said her organization was able to distribute items worth close to 5 million despite having limited time to raise funds.
Mrs Akinmuyiwa one of the beneficiaries of the ACE support program commended the NGO for distributing food items to vulnerable households at this very crucial period, she said the items distributed will help ease the tension and worries of what families will use to observe the yuletide.