By George Odok
Calabar – The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) has donated food stuff to the Uwanse Orphanage Home in Calabar as part of Easter celebration.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the items include cartons of indomie noodles, create of eggs, groundnut oil, bag of garri and toiletries.
Mrs Justina Ulafor, the financial secretary of the association presented the items on Monday in Calabar.
She said the donation is to show love and care to the less privileged during the period of Easter when families are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Ulafor said the items would go a long way in adding nutritional value to the health of the children.
“We are professional women engineers and at the same time mothers, we have that sense of responsibility to see that our children and even those in the orphanage are not left out in this season of love and celebration.
“It is our responsibility to reach out to the less privileged also and that is why we are here. For us, this Easter period is a season of sharing love; most importantly to come and share with these motherless babies.
“Aside donations to orphanage homes, we also embark on advocacy visits to secondary schools to encourage the female students to be dedicated in science subjects and to study engineering.
“We reach out to them because we are privileged to be female engineers and we want them to also take engineering as a career,’’ she said.
Ulafor, who noted that most female students run away from sciences, said it is a duty of the association to encourage females to study engineering at tertiary level.
She encouraged children to always have a positive outlook towards life, assuring that the association would always remember them in their activities.
Receiving the items, Mrs Monica Ushie, the officer in charge of the home, thanked the association for donation.
“I want to assure you that these items will be used judiciously for the feeding of the children.
“You can see how healthy the children are looking; their welfare is adequately taken care of,’’ she said.