Slum residents, including children in the Tarkwa Bay community of Lagos State yesterday received succour as an oil firm, Dreg Waters Petroleum & Logistics in partnership with a non- government organization, Slum2School, to offer school items and gifts.
Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer of the firm, Damilola Owolabi, lamented that though Tarkwa Bay is known for the beautiful beach scene, it has a huge village behind it that needs help. According to her, the company as part of its social responsibility is taking care of vulnerable persons in the society, especially women and children.
On his part, coordinator of Slum2School, Otto Orondaam, lamented that many of the children in the community are out of school.
Meanwhile, as a way of identifying with the less privileged at yuletide, Marketing Edge, Nigeria's brands and marketing magazine has excited children at Saint Monica's Orphanage Home, located in Iju- Ishaga area of Ogun State with gift items.
The visit is a tradition which the publishing firm has sustained over the years as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities and as a way of giving back to society.
The team led by the Chief Operating Officer, Amos Oladele, saw the staff of the organization interfacing with the children of the home in a bid to share with them the joy of the festive season and put smiles on their faces.
While presenting the gift items to the orphanage, Oladele, who appreciated God for the opportunity which the organization has to celebrate with the less privileged, said the initiative was borne out of the need to appreciate God for sustaining the organization and its staff thus far and to acknowledge and support the great work the orphanage is doing.
The Administrator of the Orphanage, Rev Sister Evelyn Mario Okonta, expressed her gratitude to the firm and its partners, stressing that God would replenish them a thousand folds.
She stressed that running the orphanage had never been an easy task, noting that the orphanage is being run by donations from kind hearted Nigerians.