The advocates of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) paired under the scheme of National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in Bauchi State, Saturday, distributed items to orphanage homes in Yelwan Kagadama community.
The group during its visit today targeted ‘Zero Hunger’, the second out of the 17 goals of the SDGs.
“We are here is to share our love with you,” said Wisdom Ben Udi, the president of SDGs under the social intervention of NYSC’s Community Development Service (CDS).
Ben Udi encouraged the orphans to be optimistic about their aspirations, regardless of their present situation. “You can be who you want to be,” he stated.
Parts of the items shared include, a bag of rice, three cartons of Noodles, toothpaste, brushes, milks, seasonings and detergent among others.
Joel Jijingi, the overseer of the orphanage homes, extolled the corps members for their selfless services. “One of the scarce things is love,” Jijingi noted. “It doesn’t cost much to give love but it is difficult to give.”
Jijingi continued: “Thanks for showing love to them. When we see youth corps like you, using your small allowance for humanitarian courses, we have hope in this country. I want to plead with you to continue putting smiles on faces. Be a shoulder someone can rest upon.”
In addition, the humanitarian worker applauded the religious mixture of the corps members, referring to some hijab-wearing ladies among them.
He explained that over 70 children were in their care with support from good people like the corps members. The humanitarian movement, according to Jijingi, started with him and his wife whom he met during their service years (NYSC) some decades ago.
“We both relocated to Bauchi for this course which we started with a few orphans. But we now have over 70 of them among whom were already in tertiary institutions.”
Jijingi appreciated his wife, noting that she does the work while he does the “talking.”
Haannah Amos, one of the orphans now studying mass communication at Federal Polytechnic in Bauchi, said meeting with the corps members strengthened her zeal to strive harder.
“I am happy they came here and made our abode lively,” Amos told WikkiTimes. “They gave us the hope that we can get there, no matter the difficulties.”
“Like this SDGs, it does not matter where you come from, ” she added. “With hard work, we are going to wear this uniform one day.”
Another orphan, Ramatu Adamu, also studying Mathematics and Statistic at Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, said her take home from the visit is summed into hard work. She thanked the group for extending its gestures to the less privileged.
Apart from distributing relief materials to the orphans, the corps members also cheered them with songs and distinct games.