Group celebrates Xmas with 150 children who lost parents to HIV/AIDS

Group celebrates Xmas with 150 children who lost parents to HIV/AIDS

Saturday, December 29, 2018 9:32 pm

Nigerians undergoing HIV screening in Lagos (file photo)

An NGO, the Bluebaby Support Initiative, on Saturday organised a special Christmas funfair for 150 orphans and vulnerable children who lost their parents to HIV/AIDS in Ejigbo, Osun.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the funfair, coming few days after Christmas Day, was organised for the orphans and vulnurable children under the care of Baptist Hospital, Ejigbo.

It was aimed at identifying with them and also show them love this festive season.

Mrs Christiana Adelodun, the South-West Coordinator of the organisation, told NAN on the sidelines that the initiative was reaching out to children who became orphans and vulnerable after they lost their parents to HIV/AIDS.

Adelodun said the initiative, catering for orphans and vulnerable children, was established by Mrs Aisha Ogieriakhi in June as an humanitarian network in Nigeria and West Africa.

According to her, it is working to alleviate human sufferings, protect lives, health and uphold human dignity.

”We are reaching out to these children in a way of standing in the gap for the less privileged and vulnerable in the society, including the less privileged mothers.

”Our NGO tends to give hope to the sick and needy children in the society.

“We are here in Ejigbo to identify with the orphans and vulnurable children and to assure them that they are loved and not alone.

”We have also brought them Christmas gifts, games and santa-claus, so that they too can have a feel of Christmas and don’t feel left out in the society,” Adelodun said.

Commenting, Mrs Alamu Abosede, representing the HIV Counselling and Testing Focal Person of the Baptist Hospital, commended the initiative for bringing joy and smiles to the orphans and vulnerable children.

Abosede said that the children deserved love and support from the society, saying that she was happy that the NGO was bringing Christmas funfair to them to light-up their Christmas spirit.

She, however, called for more support from other NGOs and the governments, stating that orphans and vulnerable children could live normal lives and live up to their full potential.

The funfair afforded the children to see santa-claus, play games, eat, dance and received cloths and other gift items from the organisers.

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