- Donates educational material to schools in Benue State
Super Falcons’ Forward, Francesca Ordega, has disclosed that her pet project, The Francisca Mlumun Ordega Foundation will soon build a multi-million dollars female football academy in the country to take young hawkers off the streets to discover their talents in sports.
Ordega stated this when she visited some schools and orphanage homes in her native town of Gboko, Benue State where she presented some educational materials like note books, dictionaries, pencils, pens, school bags and footballs to them.
“My foundation wants to build a football academy to educate young girls, take them out of the street and give them a new lease of life. If I can get to where I am now, I am sure a lot of our girls can do same. So there is no need to wallow in self-pity,” stressed the senior national team player.
Ordega, 24, who currently plays for Washington Spirit in the National Women’s League in the United States of America believes so much in the future of young girls in her community and charged them to remain focus.
She maintained that they can achieve greatness in every area of their endeavor.
The Falcons forward called on privileged Nigerians not to forget their roots and to always show love to those in need in order to give them a sense of belonging in the society.
According to her the best way to show gratitude for what a society has given to any individual is to give back and added that for her she will continue to demonstrate such gesture.
She urged the students not to despair irrespective of the family they were born into as they cannot change that but can change their future for the better and stressed that they can make their state great through various means and capacity.
“I conquered, you can conquer. I served my country by playing for the national team. You can serve our country by being the president, governor or something greater. I played international football for Nigeria. You can work in any multinational abroad if that is what you prefer with the right qualification. I made Benue proud, you can make Benue greater. Dream, have focus, pray and the sky will be your starting point,” Ordega noted in her message to the girls.
At the orphanage home she also gave out food stuffs, beverages, toiletries, detergents and other house hold items worth millions of naira to the inmates.
“For me I think that it is important to show love to those who don’t have. People who have benefited immensely from our country should give back a little of what they have. It’s just like paying tithe.
“I have been very fortunate to play football at the highest level for the country and beyond. I do not have all the money but the little I have, I think I can share with those who need it. That is the way to go and that is why I came here today to let these ones who may be feeling disillusioned because of their situation to look up and be happy.” She concluded.