Embracing its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, the Network Against Corruption and Human Trafficking (NACAT) has adopted the Poorest of the Poor Rehabilitation Center, commonly known as Anawim Home, as its annual beneficiary.
Anawim Home, operated by a voluntary, non-political, and non-profit-making church body—the Missionary Sisters of the Poorest of the Poor (MSPP)—dedicates itself to addressing the needs of the most vulnerable, irrespective of class, race, tribe, color, or religion.
The development took place on a Wednesday during NACAT’s charitable visit to Anawim Home, situated in Bako, Gwagwalada Area Council, Abuja.
Led by its Executive Director, Samson Tega, alongside Barrister Ovie Justice, Director of Legal and Operations, and Stanley Ugagbe, Operational Manager, NACAT demonstrated its commitment as a pro-democracy Civil Society Organization by giving back to the society through the orphanage home. In a tangible manifestation of this commitment, the organization generously donated food items such as rice, noodles, sanitary wear, cash, and more to Anawim Home.
During her welcome address, Sister Augustina Balogun, the General Coordinator of MSPP, provided the NACAT team with insights into the activities of the rehabilitation center. Highlighting its 27-year existence, she disclosed that the center serves as a haven for less privileged individuals, encompassing orphans, those grappling with mental health challenges, abandoned infants and children, as well as young girls facing unwanted pregnancies and engaged in prostitution.
Expanding on the center’s operations, Sister Augustina elaborated on their success in rehabilitating individuals and facilitating their reunion with their families. For those without families, the center provides a supportive home environment for as long as needed. She revealed that the center collaborates closely with law enforcement agencies, including the police and The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), as well as Social Welfare.
In a heartfelt address to the center, Tega, moved by the stories and impactful activities, declared that NACAT would officially adopt the center as its annual CSR beneficiary. Additionally, he revealed plans for the NGO to extend its support through the adoption of the center for an upcoming school partnership program scheduled to be unveiled next year. Tega expressed gratitude to the center, acknowledging that he initially anticipated meeting an orphanage but was pleasantly surprised to discover a substantial rehabilitation center.
Prior to presenting the cash donation, Ovie emphasized the profound rewards of contributing to the less privileged, deeming it one of the most gratifying endeavors on earth. He conveyed appreciation for the center’s commendable efforts, affirming NACAT’s joy in supporting such a noble cause.
Earlier in the proceedings, Ugagbe had elucidated NACAT’s mission and the rationale behind the charity visit. He clarified that the NGO is dedicated to combating corruption, alongside addressing the intertwined issues of drug and human trafficking.
Sister Augustina, in her appreciation address, expressed the gratitude of the center to the NGO, disclosing that without support and donations, the center will not be able to achieve its mission of sheltering the homeless, caring for the sick, feeding the hungry, to educate and raise the abandoned children as well as to give the word of God to the thirsty.
The visitation ended with a quick tour of the center facilities led by the Admin Personnel of the MSPP, Sister Rose Odoh.
Recall, as part of efforts to checkmate social vices and in fulfillment of its CSR, NACAT, in 2022, had a massive sensitization campaign in Unguwan Hausawa Kpaduma 2 Asokoro Extension Guzape district of the FCT, that centered on corruption, drug and human trafficking. During the one-day sensitization exercise, the NGO distributed food items such as bags of rice, cartons of spaghetti, cartons of indomie, bags of salts, cartons of tin tomatoes, packets of maggi, and cash to the villagers.