How respite came way of 10-year-old beggar in Anambra | Dailytrust

How respite came way of 10-year-old beggar in Anambra

Habiba in her wheel chair
Habiba in her wheel chair

A 10-year- old indigent girl from Benue State but resident in Awka, Anambra State capital, has received a wheel chair worth N85, 000 from a non- governmental organization, NANA Smile Project Africa Foundation.   

The physically challenged girl, Habiba Umar, who feeds from what people give her from begging, lives with her mother and four siblings.

She crawls every day to the pedestrian bridge at Unizik temporary site junction, Awka with her brothers to beg for daily living.

Asked where her father is,  Habiba said” my papa is at home,  in Zakibiam,  he carries yam for people,  whatever I get here is what I use to eat.”

Habiba Umar is ten years old and yet she is not in school and when asked why she is not in school, she said “I no go school because money no dey, my mama no fit send me to school.”

On the day Nana Smile Project Africa Foundation set out to put smiles on some people’s face, Habiba was the only indigent person that was found on the pedestrian bridge where such persons usually scamper for help from road users.

The Founder of Nana Smile Project Africa Foundation,  Miss Chinasa Blessing  Chukwuneke  (Nassygold) told South-East Trust  that she had passion for lending helping hands to less privileged,  indigent and marginalised women and children across Africa.

According to her, the foundation, through its numerous projects, had advocated and provided empowerment for women and children as part of COVID- 19 stimulus packages in various communities across Nigeria.

Miss Chukwuneke said that she bought the wheel chair and decided to give it to any lucky indigent person irrespective of tribe or gender.

The lucky Habiba, who was full of joy with her brothers, thanked their benefactor for the kind gesture.

A resident of the area, Mrs Chinenye Onyemobi, who was touched by the good gesture, prayed God to continue to provide NANA with the needed support.

“This thing you did, God will never forsake you. This is so wonderful,” Mrs Onyemobi retorted.

Another resident, Mr Franklyn Arinzechukwu, Udenkwele, who was also thrilled by the action, said such NGOs needed government assistance for them to reach out to more indigent persons in the society.


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