A state of emergency has been declared in Nigeria over the recent floods. The natural disaster has affected more than half a million Nigerians with homes and farmlands completely washed away. The unspeakable devastation has left victims at the mercy of God.
When Pastor Chris got wind of the news, he acted quickly and called on all members from the InnerCity Mission for Children, Volunteer Medical Corp and Bible for all Missions– just some of the major initiatives of the Chris Oyakhilome Foundation. The numerous members began the process of gathering and distributing relief materials to all of the affected locations, “starting with Niger State.”
As many as 10 devasted communities were assisted within the first few days. Volunteers from the Hope Relief Mission Project visited several regions including, Egagi; Elogi; Baji; Saachi; and more in the Lavun Local Government Area where they handed out much-needed materials such as “protein [enriched] food, potable drinking water, clothing for children, blankets and hygiene products.”
Additional services were provided, not only to ensure immediate relief, but also to implement preventative measures by treating those who were hit by the floods. “Medical aid services, psychosocial services, safe-guarding enlightenment for girls and women”, in addition, members distributed Rhapsody of Realities daily devotionals in Hausa and Arabic languages.
The thousands of flood victims were incredibly grateful to the Hope Mission as many families were struggling financially before the disaster hit. The assessment team of the Chris Oyakhilome Foundation “used a vulnerability ranking that gave preference to pregnant women with children, nursing mothers, mothers with children under 5 years and mothers with children under 10 years.”
In another recent effort, Pastor Chris and his team set out to commemorate the World Humanitarian Day by organizing a mega food drive to donate food to the InnerCity Mission Food Bank. The Zonal Pastor of BLW Zone J, Pastor Henry Akasili, called on all who are able to help the needy and “save the future.” Thousands of youths were eager to step up and help indigent through the food donation.
Countless people have been positively affected by these recent efforts. According to humanitarian workers, the recipients were seen with smiles upon their faces, a sign of immense gratitude from the special outreach program. Community leaders were also present to give thanks to the man of God and Loveworld president, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.
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