Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Valencia Hotel Donates to Gwagwalada Orphanage

Valencia Hotels last Tuesday gave out charity to St Mary's Home for Orphans and Destitute, Gwagwalada Area Council in the FCT.

The hotel made cash donation to a 17-year-old person in the home as part of its corporate social responsibility to the community.

General Manager of the hotel, Joel Ediale, who made the donation on behalf of the hotel's management, said that the visit which has become an annual event is targeted at improving the lots of the less privileged in the society.

He said that the gesture is part of series of events lined up to mark the 9th anniversary of the hotel, which will end with a thanksgiving service on Sunday.

He commended the management of the home for the positive impacts they are making in the lives of orphans and destitute.

Ediale called on well meaning Nigerians and other corporate bodies to support the humanitarian work being carried out by the orphanage.

In her response, Rev. Sister in charge of the home, Josephine Nwogwugwu, expressed appreciation to the hotel, for the love and care shown to the children.

She said the orphanage has 60 children, adding that many of them are in various levels of education.

According to her, the home has impacted on the physical, moral, intellectual and spiritual lives of many indigent children since its inception and its management spends not less than two million naira monthly to run the home, which according to her, comes mainly through charity.

She said the home does not discriminate, as it accepts both Christians and Muslims.

"Some of the challenges presently faced by the home include school buses for children, renovation of dilapidated structures, funds for upkeep of the home, among other needs," the coordinator stated.

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