The Al-Khulafa'ur-Rashidun Foundation yesterday said it offered full educational scholarship to 12 orphans in Karu, a suburb of Abuja and is planning to offers same to 25 others.
Acting Chairman of the Foundation, Alhaji Inuwa Bakari Jalingo, while speaking yesterday in Abuja at the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the foundation held at the Ahlu Badr Islamic Centre, Karu, also said the organisation is planning to include Kurudu, a nearby village in the programme.
"The next phase of our programme is to commence vocational training for widows in order to empower them to take care of the orphans," Jalingo said while saying that the foundation has involved the community leaders to ensure proper selection of the beneficiaries.
Chief Imam of the Apo Legislative Quarters Central Mosque, Malam Muhammad Nura Khalid in his lecture titled "The Significance of Assisting the Poor and Needy in the Society" said such gestures are in line with the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be on him).
The Imam noted that most of the security challenges facing Nigeria today would have been avoided if there was justice in the society apart from providing adequate concern and care for the needs of the poor and weak across the country.
"The greatest challenge we are facing as a nation is our failure to identify the needs to empower orphans and take care of them. The country found itself in the present insecurity situation due to the neglects of orphans and less-privileged, the society has abandoned the orphans that are why most of them have no other option then to constitute nuisance in our communities," he said while urging the wealthy in the society to emulate the initiative of the Al-Khulafa'ur-Rashidun Foundation.
Secretary General of the Board of Trustees (BOT), Alhaji Ahmad I. Shekarau, who read the annual report of the foundation, said the body is a non-profit organisation committed to promoting the wellbeing of the poor and needy especially orphans and widows in the community with the primary focus of instilling hope in the millions of socially deprived persons through educational development and vocational training for them to become self-reliant.
While commending Malam Inuwa Bakari for his efforts and contributions in the foundation, Shekarau said membership of the foundation has grown from seven to 22 and have also embarked on an aggressive membership drive.
He said, "In August 2009, we selected Hauwa Adamu as the first beneficiary of our education endowment scheme. The story of this brilliant orphan is deeply touching and pathetic to many residents of the Karu neighbourhood, and the decision to select her was therefore not a difficult one. She lost her father, Malam Adamu, who was a security man at Hayatul Islam Nursery and Primary School here inKaru.
"And since his death, her mother could not cope with payment of her school fees while also struggling to make ends meet. And so by September of the same year when schools were resuming for a new session, Al-Khulafau'ru-Rashidun enrolled Hauwa Adamu for both Western and Islamic Education in Hidaya Primary School in Karu village and Ahlu Badr Islamic Centre, where our office is also temporarily housed.
"By the following academic session, the foundation, through a very diligent and rigorous selection process instituted by its Board of Trustees, took up responsibility for sponsorship of education of 11 other children-made up of seven girls and four boys, studying in different schools, all within Karu area of the FCT.
"Besides the educational sponsorship programme which is the primary focus of our endowment scheme for now, we have also provided other forms of relief to some members of the society who are poor and weak.
"For instance, we collaborated with the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) to assist 47 disabled persons within Karu with Wheel Chairs and have also contributed to the feeding of over 100 poor and weak Muslim residents of Kurudu village also in the FCT during the last Ramadan."