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.