Amuzi, Ahiazu-Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria, Sunday July 25, 2021: A Nigerian based non-governmental organization, PROFOUND (The Professor Celestine Onwuliri Foundation) collaborating with a US-based counterpart, ECUDOMEF (Eze Cletus and Ugoeze Dorathy Oparaoji Memorial Educational Foundation) recently concluded a 2- day celebration of the first “World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly”, on Sunday July 25. This event was to accomplish the vision of Pope Francis, for what older people, their grandchildren and friends should do to change the world after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The action focus was all about showing them tenderness. The PROFOUND and ECUDOMEF volunteers led by Nigeria’s 2-times Minister for State in Education and Foreign Affairs, and Supervising Foreign Affairs Minister, Her Excellency Professor Viola Onwuliri and accompanied by clergy from St Jude’s Catholic Church, Amuzi, led by Rev. Fr. Paschal Njoku, visited over 100 elderly and/ or bedridden persons, in the ten villages of Amuzi-Ahiazu Mbaise (namely, Umuokazi, Umuokoro, Akona-Ojibo, Umuhu-na-Loghocho, Umuofor, Umuowasi, Umunnanwe, Umuodu, Izuoha, Umuochamoko), and prayed with them, handed out rosaries, cash, disinfectants, balm, paracetamol and vitamin B complex, buckets , toilet roll, beddings, detergents, bar soap, toilet soap, cooked food, warm clothing and firewood and also assisted with cleaning their surroundings and environment. They also handed out some little cash in addition.
Also deserving commendations are Mrs Lucky Njoku assisted by Mrs Uchechi Agomuo and all the volunteers who gave up their other personal and family responsibilities for over one week to plan and flawlessly execute this program. May I, finally on behalf of the sponsors extend appreciation to our elderly persons who without reservations welcomed us into their homes to share warmth and affection, we are very enriched by the experience. May God meet us all at our points of need.”
It must be recalled that the 2- day visitation exercise started from the St Jude’s Catholic Church on Saturday July 24 via Umuokazi, Umuokoro, Ako-na-Ojibo, Umuhu-na-Loghocho, Umuofor, Umuowasi and ended at Umunnanwe, then resumed on Sunday, July 25 to Umuodu, Izuoha, and concluded at Umuachamoko. The elderly persons visited in each village are as follows;