Mbaise, Nigeria-12/31/10: The Eze Cletus and Ugoeze Dorothy Oparaoji Memorial Educational Foundation (ECUDOMEF) in Amuzi, Ahiazu Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria, has again rolled out six scholarships for six deserving sons and daughters of Amuzi, to help them pay for their West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) and Joint Administration and Matriculations Board (JAMB) examinations. The late Ezes’ first son, Professor Edward Oparaoji stated that the occasion is marked every December 31st, usually at the Ezes’memorial mass following a keenly contested scholarship examination by students in SS3 (students preparing for College entry). Mrs Amaka Oparaoji, the sister-in-law of the founder and a board of trustee (BoT) member, thanked God for the life of her parents-in-law and urged the students to reciprocate the gesture by passing the proposed exams. The picture above shows Mrs. Nwamaka Oparaoji presenting award checks to scholarship recipients.
Professor C.O.E Onwuliri (seen on the podium in this picture ) in his own address advised the students on effective studying and passing of examaminations. The parish priest, Rev Fr. Augustine Ibezimako, while praying for the repose of the dead, commended the Oparaoji family and the ECUDOMEF board, chaired and co-chaired by Professor C.O.E. Onwuliri and Prof. (Mrs) Viola Onwuliri, for its consistency and setting the pace for other scholarship awards in the community. Since inception, over two hundred and forty students have been awarded scholarships. Click here for the list of Some ecudomef recipients
Mbaise, Nigeria, December 2010: ECUDOMEF organized and implemented a heath fair project in Amuzi, Mbaise health center. This project was in collaboration with Women Development and Comunity Health Projects (WDCHP), Community Self-Help Initiative and Association of Volunteers in the International Service. The major goal of the Health-fair was to increase healthcare access to the underprivileged members of the community. The opening ceremony was performed by Dr IG Onyeocha who is a Board of Trustees member. The program was an all day affair and those in attendance benefitted from various health education and training, cervical cancer screening, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. Hand washing demonstrations were also made (see above picture of Prof. Edward Oparaoji showing this). Several doctors were on hand to assess, diagnose and treat common ailments like malaria and worm infestation and medications were given out in one month supply packages by the pharmacists.
In addressing the almost 200 women participants, Professor (Mrs) Viola Onwuliri (picture on left), of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) stated “While we tend to be more concerned about others, it is essential that, as the fiber that holds our family together, we must develop the habit of taking good care of ourselves. Basic things, like we went through here today can go a long way to prevent and delay major illness and prolong life. ECUDOMEF and the other NGOs involved with the fair are committed to ensuring better quality of life for you and family.”
Mbaise, Nigeria December 2010; During Christmas it is traditional for Christians in this part of the world, in addition to renewing their faith, to treat themselves, family and friends to good food and entertainment. Unfortunately not all, particularly widows, their children and elderly can afford a good meal let alone entertain others. ECUDOMEF working collaboratively with Women Development and Community Health Projects (WDCHP), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), served prepared meal and distributed raw food items to these underprivileged groups.
During the occasion Dr (Mrs) Ijeoma Dozie of the Federal Medical Center Owerri said, “we are very grateful to the organizers of today’s event for bringing smiles to the faces of these disadvantaged members of this community. Christmas is that period we all look forward to spoil ourselves, and it can be very lonely and depressing if you cannot.”