Child Abandonment

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Building on the principle of “leaving no one behind”, the new Agenda emphasizes a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all.

Instructively, amongst these set of goals are also the UNICEF’s work which is structured around five overeaching areas of well-being for every child in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These five areas are that: Every child survives and thrives, Every child learns, Every child is protected from violence and exploitation, Every child lives in a safe and clean environment and Every child has a fair chance in life.

However, in some third world countries such as Nigeria, myriads of challenges such as cultural, religious and traditional beliefs continue to impede the attainment of these goals. The story of a little boy named Destiny dovetails into this scenario. The Poor Child Destiny was abandoned by parents and left for dead!

But with the help of the social media, the attention of FEYReP was drawn to the little boy’s pitiable state and he was rescued and promptly given medical care. Months after, the once-abandoned child is back again on his feet and kicking.

Aside from the Destiny case, suffice to note that FEYReP runs a home christened Divine Children’s Home, Atan Offot, Uyo where similar cases of rescued children are sheltered, clothed, fed, and as well sent to school courtesy of Her Excellency’s humanitarian disposition. Currently, there are over 460 children at the home from ages 2 to 21 whose welfare is exclusively that of FEYReP.