Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Durumi Community Gets Food, Clothes for Christmas

A Christian Non-Governmental Organisation, Tabitha Cumi Foundation, last Sunday held a Christmas party for residents of Durumi village in Bwari council and distributed food items and clothes to them.

The event tagged 'Put a Smile', witnessed a large turnout of people at the LEA Primary School in the village to receive food and bundles of cloth.

Both cooked as well as uncooked food were shared. Community members who had demonstrated exemplary attitude were also honoured and given household items like plates and food warmers.

Each of the over 2,000 adults and children that came went home with food and/or a bundle of cloth. This is the fifth edition of the Put a Smile in that village.

There was rendering of sermon, praise singing to God and dancing.

Coordinator of the NGO, Barrister Ihuoma Chikode said 'Put a Smile' aims at giving the people value for living and making them see that life is worth living inspite of all their challenges.

"Because if you put smiles on the faces of people that otherwise would have been sad, depressed and thinking of their circumstances, a great difference is made," Chikode expressed.

An elderly woman, Ladi Sarki shouted praises to God and thanked the foundation for the honour done her. She was called out and given a food warmer among other items.

A Ghanaian woman resident in the village who gave her name as Vacensa Kwalu said Tabitha Cumi Foundation has united the people of diverse religions in Durumi.

The founder of the NGO, Mrs Tayo Erinle explained the essence of the ceremony: "...the joy that is given to these people this season makes them celebrate, makes them rejoice, makes them at peace and look forward to the coming year.

"At least this guarantees a meal on Christmas...and clothes to wear so they know something is happening.

She said next year, similar ceremony will be held for other communities.

Our reporter gathered that Taitha Cumi works in rural communities by helping to provide critical amenities like schools, clinics where there is none.

Durumi, which is close to Mpape, a squatter settlement on the fringe of down town Maitama district of Abuja is essentially a rural place with limited indices of modern life and until recent intervention, the hillside settlement had no health centre.

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