Lady Stella Acholonu (3rd from left), Srs. Cecile Nweze and Maria O. Achilonu (estreme right), and other mothers in joyful mood with the babies at the gifts’ presentation.
As part of their efforts towards sustaining and promoting evangelization, the executive members of Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Organization (OACCWO) put the entire staff and management of the Ancilla Motherless Home Emekuku, Owerri North LGA to stun, when they visited and presented the home with gift items made up of food-stuffs and toiletries, Saturday, November 22, 2014.
Presenting the gifts to the director of the home, Rev. Sr. Cecile M. Nweze, HHCJ, the Archdiocesan President, Lady Stella Acholonu said their visit hinged on their resolve to give some sense of belonging to the children who they feel were in dire need of mothers’ affection.
Admiring the children as they were made available to the visiting mothers, the President pointed out that mothers’ affinity to their babies is so deep that in many occasions, it works like a soothing balm to psychological trauma.
Lady Acholonu commended the efforts of the Sisters for stepping into the herculean task of nursing babies and pledged to make their visit a periodic exercise.
Responding, Sr. Nweze, who could not hold her surprise, thanked the mothers for their ‘timely’ visit. She said “looking at you and what you’ve presented to us, I’m so happy and enthused to say that God has answered our prayers through these wonderful gifts”. She asked God to replenish the gestures and assured them of their continued prayers.
The Sister who belongs to the Handmaid of the Holy Child Jesus Congregation (HHCJ) said caring for the motherless is one of the apostolate of the congregation. She puts the number of the inmates at 36 and expressed satisfaction with the level at which the home operates. She stated that the revalidation and re-registration with the number 0004 accorded the home by the State Government is a development that makes her walk shoulder high without fear of molestation in the discharge of her duties.
The retired teacher further disclosed that the kids are not only products of unwanted pregnancies as some abandoned babies are also brought to the home by the government or through the help of public-spirited individuals.
Announcing their mission, which is to nurse and guide the babies, the Sister Director concluded by stressing that adoptions must follow laid down rules just as she noted that parties involved must show signs of responsibility.
Other OACCWO exco members at the visit include: Lady Dr. I. Okoro, Secretary, Adaoma (Mrs.) Mercy Iwe, Treasurer, Mrs. Gloria Durueke, Assistant Financial Secretary, Mrs. Agnes Anozie, Provost II, Mrs. Rose Uzozie and Mrs. Salome Opara, special members.