Thank you to everyone who supported the children of
Divine Providence Home and Colmcille Memorial Academy
by donating to our 2nd Annual Gala campaign in 2020!
Below, Sister Rita and the kids send a special message of appreciation.
DIVINE PROVIDENCE HOME
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:
Food and Shelter
Grief Counseling and Mental Health Services
Building Maintenence, Repairs and Updates
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.
THE PROVISION OF NEW BEDS, MATTRESSES AND CRIBS
Funded by grant from the United Nations Women's Guild.
COLMCILLE MEMORIAL ACADEMY
Located in Boki, 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.
CMA's curriculum consists of English, Math, Sciences, Arts, Music, Christian Religious Education, Agriculture and Physical Education.
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