By Patrick Obia
Atycare Initiative, a non-profit organization in a bid to touch the lives of 1,000 pupils in Cross River and beyond, has taken its outreach to St. Patrick’s primary school, Adiabo Ikot Mbo-Otu, Odukpani Local Government Area of the State.
The project – Impact 1,000 School Children Campaign is a monthly exercise carried out by Atycare Initiative, to support the less privileged pupils with educational materials.
This month’s outreach saw 120 pupils given school uniforms, sandals, books, pencils, and school bags..
Speaking shortly after the outreach, the founder of the organization, Miss. Atim Eso said in 3 years of existence, her NGO has been able to support pupils with writing materials and pay school fees in Calabar South, Calabar Municipality, Akpabuyo, and Odukpani.
Atim said though, the outreach to St. Patrick was successful but was quite “disheartening” because most of the pupils were sent home for school fees. She called on all and sundry to support her course and ensure children get basic educational needs to keep them in school.
“We realized that most of the children, their parents are civil servants and civil servants have not been paid salaries. As such, their parents don’t have money but we are happy we came at the right time to give them comfort by providing these materials to them.”
In appreciation, the Deputy Head Teacher of the school who spoke on behalf of the Head Teacher, Mrs. Ebiti Eno-Obong, lauded the gesture by Atycare Initiative, adding that it has lessened the burden on parents.
“With what we have seen today, we are impressed and I’m saying God Almighty will bless each and everyone in Atycare Initiative. You know many parents cannot even afford their children’s school fees not to talk of buying school uniforms, bags and other writing materials; Atycare has done noble, your coast will be expanded and the children will not forget in a hurry. This means a lot to us, the teachers, children and parents,” she said..
The outreach had Nugi Technologies and Hope Live Heal Foundation as partners.
Pictures from the outreach below:
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