By Akinwale Akintunde
A non-governmental organisation, Ebele and Anyichuks Foundation has donated a new two-storey building, which consists of six classrooms and ICT equipment to Isu Achara Community in Ohaozara Local Government Council of Ebonyi State.
About 3,000 indigent members of the community, comprising unemployed women, widows, artisans and the less privileged also benefited from the empowerment scheme of the foundation.
The state Governor, Chief David Umahi, while inaugurating the project and the distribution of the items, commended the founder, Mr. Ifeanyi Odii, stressing that government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility of providing access to quality education.
While thanking the founder, Umahi said Ebele and Anyichuks Foundation has been a source of consolation and has stood for the poor.
“The foundation has been a source of consolation, he has stood for the poor, as we express our gratitude to him, we pray that the creator will continue to promote him.
“We are gathered not only to commission this building and receive these gifts to the poor; we are here to honour the founders for being a source of joy, not only to his people, but Ebonyi State in general,” the governor said.
In his remarks, Odii explained that the gesture was to create real wealth by empowering unemployed persons and supporting the educational upliftment of the upcoming generation.
“The vision and mission of the foundation is to add value and improve the lives of the less privilege through economic empowerment to enable them be self-reliant and safeguard their means of livelihood.
“Over a decade ago, we started this journey towards emancipating humanity from the strong forces of underdevelopment and poverty through youth empowerment, social security and economic liberation. There is no greater sense of purpose than a deliberate attempt to create real wealth by empowering youths to do exploits and improve their community.”
Odii, who is also the Chief Executive of Orient Global Manufacturing Limited, Lagos expressed hope that new school edifice would deepen the quality of teaching and learning within the community and beyond.
“50 motorcycles, 50 sewing machines, 50 grinding machines, 1,000 bags of rice, 500 pieces of wrappers, and 20 pieces of hair dryers are being given out this year,” he disclosed.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Cecilia Njoku commended the foundation for its philanthropy, promising that the empowerment with several gift items would improve their economic wellbeing and development.