Orphanage where robbers steal only female inmates
Inmates, officials and the corps member
An orphanage, run by a missionary couple in Esit Eket Local Government Area
of Akwa Ibom State, has become an instant attraction to armed
Unfortunately, the robbers, maybe out of disappointment of not
seeing other things of value to cart away, have resorted to stealing the
children in the home. The snag is, they prefer the females to the males. They
take the girls, rape them and later return them to the home.
pathetic story was told by the proprietor of the home, Bishop Evans Udoekaisong,
when a youth corps member, serving in the state, Miss Chidinma Mmeje, went to
the orphanage recently to present some gift items to the inmates.
Udoekaisong lamented that when the hoodlums struck last year, they stole two
female children, raped them and later returned them to the home.
greatest challenge, among lack of food, clothing, books, school supplies,
medical care and others, is the problem of insecurity. There is no complete
perimeter fence around the home. Two children were stolen at night, we reported
to the police, but they were not found. After nine months, they were returned
but abused. That is why we need to put a fence around the home. We need
assistance. Nature has deprived these children of joy, but God has not. We are
caring for these children because we love them,” he said.
He said the
vision to undertake the humanitarian service was very compelling in his youthful
age. And, backed by the passion he has for the downtrodden, he established the
orphanage in 2008.
According to the director, the home, christened St James
1:27, has different programmes for the children, some of whom have graduated
from the primary school in the home to various secondary schools sponsored by
the home. “Our objective is to train them from nursery to university level. We
pray that God should bring people to assist them. Those we cannot train, we will
give them vocational training”, he said.
The wife of the director and
matron of the home, Mrs. Janet Udoekaisong explained that the orphanage has, in
the past five years, cared for children. He said the parents of some of the kids
could not be traced, as they had been picked from the streets. She expressed her
gratitude to the corps member and prayed God’s blessings upon her for
remembering the orphans.
The youth corps member, Miss Mmeji who hails
from Ideato Local Government area of Imo State and serves with the National
Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic Persons and other related matters, Uyo
zonal office, went on the visit in company with her fellow youth corps members,
and donated lots of items like beverages and toiletries. She said that was her
token contribution to the less privileged in the society.
Mmeji urged the
children to be of good conduct and aspire for the best in life even as she
prayed that God would never let them down. She said her venture into the project
was inspired by her love for children and the have-nots in the society, and as a
measure to contribute to the fight against trafficking in persons.
which is the only orphanage in Esit Eket Local Government Area, has about fifty
children as inmates, and a school, Akon International Nursery and Primary School
for the children within the premises. The orphanage and school are being managed
by the bishop and his wife, Mrs. Janet Udoekaisong.