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DIVINE PROVIDENCE HOME

ABOUT

Located in Ogoja, Nigeria, Divine Providence Home (DPH) is a safe-haven for orphaned children and children experiencing poverty. The home was established in 2007 by Sister Mary Rita Abang of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus - a Catholic order founded by the Sisters of Charity.

 

Sister Rita established the orphanage to provide shelter for the homeless children in the town severly affected by the AIDS epidemic. DPH receives no government assistance and is completely reliant on donations made to the Okaja Foundation in order to keep its doors open

THE CHILDREN THEY SERVE

Divine Providence is home to over 50 children, ranging from infancy to 19 years of age. The children come from various backgrounds; some are orphaned, others are brought to the home by their parents either because of mental illness or extreme poverty. They have vowed never to turn away any child in need of a home and have taken in over 130 children since its founding.

STAFF AND CARETAKERS

The children at Divine Providence Home are cared for by a team of 3 cooks, 1 driver, 5 caretakers and several Sisters who oversee daily management. 

THE SUPPORT WE PROVIDE

Donations made to the Okaja Foundation are distributed to Divine Providence Home, ensuring that they fulfill their mission of providing their children with everything needed to thrive, such as:

 

  • Healthcare

  • Food and Shelter

  • Educational Scholarships

  • Grief Counseling and Mental Health Services

  • Building Maintenence, Repairs and Updates

 

COMPLETED PROJECTS 

THE INSTALLATION OF SOLAR PANELS

Granting the home access to constant electricity, for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SOLAR-POWERED WELL

Granting the home access to clean, safe water on the property, for the first time.

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THE PROVISION OF NEW BEDS, MATTRESSES AND CRIBS

Funded by grant from the United Nations Women's Guild.

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COLMCILLE MEMORIAL ACADEMY

ABOUT

Located in Ntamante, Nigeria, Colmcille Memorial Academy was founded in 2016 by Reverend Fr. Cyril Bayim. It's mission is to provide low-cost, high-quality education to families experiencing poverty. The academy currently serves 500 children from Kindergarten through Junior High and are currenctly undergoing an expansion, in order to also provide education at the high school level. 

CURRICULUM

CMA's curriculum consists of English, Math, Sciences, Arts, Music, Christian Religious Education, Agriculture and Physical Education.

TUITION

Tuition at Colmcille Memorial Academy is offered at just $100/year per student, in order to make quality education available to every family. 

FACULTY and STAFF

Students at CMA are taught by32 faculty members with degrees in education. They also employ one bus driver to transport students who have difficulty getting to school and one nanny for infants and toddlers in their daycare program. 

 

THE SUPPORT WE PROVIDE

Donations made to the Okaja Foundation are also distributed to Colmcille Memorial Academy, in order to aid their mission of providing low-cost, high-quality education to students in need. Specifically, we have provided:

  • Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Salaries for Faculty

  • Funds for the Construction of the High School Building

  • Miscelleneous Aid as Needed

CATHOLIC MATERNITY HOSPITAL

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ABOUT

When Catholic Maternity Hospital was founded in 1946, the hospital’s primary purpose was to provide medical care to victims of leprosy, tuberculosis, and other related diseases. Among several of these patients were their pregnant wives, expectant mothers who required immediate attention. Therefore, the Medical Missionaries of Mary (MMM) sisters established a maternity unit, which grew to become
Catholic Maternity Hospital.

WHO THEY SERVE

In addition to services for pregnant women, Catholic Maternity Hospital provides secondary medical services to adult, pediatric, & HIV patients. The area's poverty-stricken are often turned away by other hospitals when ill, due to their inability to pay. ​Thankfully, CMA offers medical services for free or for very little cost, because everyone deserves access to proper healthcare.

THE SUPPORT THEY PROVIDE

The Okaja Foundation supports Catholic Maternity Hospital through the provision of in-kind donations such as clothing, diapers, and other postpartum care items. Supplies one would think of as easily attainable, such as a bottle or fever medication, are difficult for their patients to afford. Thankfully, these items are made available by donations made to our foundation.. Sustaining this charity proves to be
challenge for the facility as the need of vulnerable women and children overwhelms the limited supply at their disposal.