MAURICE OKAFOR writes that a United States based Development Consultant, Dr Felix Ugwu and the management of Bina Foundation, a Non-governmental organization based in Enugu, in several ways demonstrated love, passion and care for the downtrodden last week to mark 2018 Christmas celebration.
Dr Felix Ugwu paid hospital bills accruing to six hundred thousand naira [N600,000] for eight patients at Enugu State University of Science and Technology Teaching hospital [ESUTECH] who were incapable of offsetting their hospital bills and were held back on the order of the hospital’s management.
Dr Ugwu who is an indigene of Enugu state also distributed assorted gifts to kids of ‘Guardian Angels’ Motherless Babies Home Emene near Enugu and widows of Catholic Holy Trinity Parish, Iheaka town in Igbo Eze South local government area of Enugu state.
Mr Enemuo Chikaodi, who was discharged on since November 15,Mrs Ebere Juliet Nzeako, who have her new born still undergoing stillbirth at the hospital, Chetuya Jane, Mrs Ogbuka Oluchi were among the eight discharged patients who packed their baggage and left for their respective homes, after Dr Ugwu sorted out and paid their bills at the accounts section of ESUT Teaching Hospital, Park lane, Enugu.
Prof. Hycianth C. Onah, the Chairman, ESUTH Management board was full of thanks to Dr Felix Ugwu for paying visit to the hospital and out of his passion for the patients decided to pay their hospital bills instantly so they can go back to their respective homes.
Dr Ugwu who was accompanied by members of ‘Renaissance initiative, an Enugu based socio political pressure Group, seeking for re-election of Governor Ugwuanyi, later moved to the ‘Guardian Angels Motherless Babies Home, Emene, where he donated bags of Rice, cartons of Indomies, Beverages and other domestic needs for the upkeep of the children at the center.
Sister Evangeline, one of the managers of the home expressed gratitude to Dr Ugwu for showing love and care for inmates of the center, assuring that the items he donated will be utilized properly for the upkeep of the inmates of the center, who are below thirty in number.
At Iheaka Catholic Church, Holy Trinity Parish, Dr Ugwu demonstrated his love for them by giving them ten bags of Rice[50 Kg] to share among themselves in the spirit of Christmas.
The priest of the Church, Rev Father Ben Agbo in his remarks expressed his gratitude to Dr Felix Ugwu for having carved out his resources and time to identify with the less privilege in the society.
Likewise, the Management of Bina Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization[NGO] based in ‘Thinkers Corner’ Enugu, devoted to training people with special needs free in it’s usual annual culture, held a Christmas party for both staff and inmates of the organization on Wednesday, December 19 within the premises of the organization.
In addition, the Enugu state contingents to the last Para -athletic sports held at Abuja, who won laurels were also invited to the lavish 2018 lavish party, chaired by Pharmacist Sir Chris Atuegwu, the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of Michelle laboratories Ltd, an indigenous drug manufacturing firm, also based at Thinkers Corner, Enugu.
The Enugu contingents to the para-athletic sports held in Abuja were sponsored by Bina Foundation when it became obvious that their financial handicap was about to prevent them from participating in the 2018 competition.
Sir Atuegwu, who is also a Patron of Bina Foundation explained that taking care of people with special needs by training them to acquire skills to fend for themselves, so as they can fit into the society which tends to careless for them is a pet project of his wife, Pharmacist Lady Ifeoma Atuegwu, but in the past one decade, he has always been giving them support as his own personal ways of giving back to the society and serving God.
The Founder/Proprietor of Bina Foundation Lady Ifeoma Atuegwu explained the foundation has gone further to explore further strategies of re integrating people with special needs back to the society and giving them a sense of belonging as already practiced in civilized countries by establishing and sponsoring ‘Blind Football Soccer tournament’ competed among the states in the South East zone, The first of it’s kind in Nigeria.