By Patrick Obia And Sylvia Felix
Non Governmental Organization, Atycare Initiative has donated essential educational materials to 260 public school children in Calabar metropolis, says it is her dream to give a helping hand to vulnerable in the society.
The outreach which is occasional was held at Government primary school Obufa Esuk, Calabar South and Government primary school AME Zion, Diamond Hills, Calabar Municipal local government, where 60 children were given school uniforms, sandals, socks, school bags, writing materials while 200 were given writing materials only, 5 children got full academic session school fess and 13 children school term fees was paid.
In an interview with CrossRiverWatch, the founder of the organization, Miss. Atim Eso said in their three years of existence, Atycare Initiative has been able to do youth empowerment for young people, provided over three hundred school uniforms to students in Calabar South, Calabar Municipality, Akpabuyo and still expecting to do more.
Atim disclosed that the initiative was bore out of her desire to contribute to humanity couple with the vision given to her by God. She added that within their years of existence, more than 1000 writing materials have been provided to children.
“I am someone that is passionate about humanity and right from when I was small I had this urge to use what I have to give back to the society. Far back 2017/2018, I went to fashion school and the reason I went to fashion school was not to make money but to give back to the society.
“We work with only Government schools because most of these children stay with their care givers; their grandmothers and some, their parents are vulnerable, they don’t have the resources so we believe if your parents can send you to a private school they can pay for your school fees and other things but we noticed only those in Government schools have limited resources for those stuffs. We go to zones and different local government to execute this project and since the year 2021, we have consistently done this every month exception when schools are on holidays.
“What we do is we go for need assessment, we check the children, the children we see with our eyes that are vulnerable, we ask them certain questions to know if they are really vulnerable and we select them, get their details, measure them with school uniforms, know those that need school fees and pay it for them.
“For me I believe if I help one person, one person will help one person and another person will help one person it will make the society a better place. I’m doing what I know I should do and I have happiness and fulfillment in what I’m doing. So, if we come as humans created by God and we join our hands together to buy one child uniform and sandals, definitely we are going to save a lot.
“This NGO is a vision from God. It was given to me as a vision while inside Keke (tricycle). This initiative is not something I hope to stop, every month I believe God to be doing this; I don’t know how I will have the money but I believe God will always keep providing. I see us providing uniforms for vulnerable children in the whole 36 States of Nigeria; that’s my dream, that’s my vision, sponsoring about 36,000 children with educational resources,” she ended.
Appreciating Atycare Initiative and partners, the Headmistress of AME Zone school, Diamond Hills, Mrs. Mercy Okon Bassey, thanked the NGO and her great team for the kind gesture and called on other NGOs to emulate such outreach.
In a vote of thanks on behalf of the beneficiaries in AMEZion, little Miss. Anthonia Ibok, thank Atycare Initiative for coming to lend helping hands to them and promised they will take good care of the materials given to them.
The outreach had Nugi Technologies, Hope Live Heal Foundation, Feed and Train a Child Foundation and Dr. Ope Banwo as partners.
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