L-R: The staff of Jos 360 Business Hub, the Coordinator of the home, Musa Paul Gindiri and his wife.

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

As schools are set to resume in Plateau State, vulnerable children from an orphanage in Jos, Plateau State were on Sunday gifted with learning materials and some cash to augment their needs at schools.

The children were also given free hairdos and haircuts to make them look smart as they resume school.

Presenting the diverse learning materials at the Fellowship with the Needy International where the children are housed, the Chief Executive Officer, CEO/President of Jos 360 Business Hub, Charles Lapmoen encouraged them not to allow the situation they find themselves in to dampen their spirits but they should be grateful for life and make use of the available opportunity to improve themselves and be relevant in the future.

Lapmoen, who used the occasion of his birthday to interact with the children urged them to remain resolute despite the challenges they may be passing through and always remember that God has not forsaken them.

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Represented by the Deputy Manager, of Jos 360 Business Hub, Lagya Chindongnaan, he noted, “I am here because our CEO, the President of Jos 360 Business Hub is marking his birthday and he decided to come and celebrate it here with the orphans and people from IDP camps who don’t have anything. He wants to extend his hands of charity to them and he sends words of encouragement to the children not to give up on life…”

The Coordinator of the home, Evangelist Musa Paul-Gindri who expressed joy at the gesture, commended Lapmoen for his thoughtfulness, especially in the present economic hardship and urged privileged people to always remember the less privileged ones.

His words, “This NGO was established primarily to reach out to orphans, widows but then alongside the needy, indigent children and people. These visitors occasionally visit us so they can reach out or help us with the work that we are doing. Most of them when they have their celebrations for example birthdays and other such occasions instead of spending the money to celebrate and just call people they prefer to come to where those who are disadvantaged will now be celebrated.

“This is the second time they are visiting here and it came through another team that came to visit us a while ago. Through them, they knew about us so their coming today is to celebrate a birthday. They are already doing the right thing. Let the society out there understand that the time has come for people to be mindful of those who are around them, especially in this time of critical hardship that has befallen not just our country but the entire world.

“When Jesus said in his prophecy that at the end of the age, there would be wars, rumours of war, famines, disasters and calamities. It means that a lot of men would die and when men die, they would leave orphans when there is pestilence men would die, and mothers would die and leave children behind. This is a critical ministry for the end times that the Church should be mindful of and all the people of the society should be mindful of and be willing to reach out to those who are in need.

“If you have something a bit more than your daily need take some to another person who is in need and I also want the government to be mindful of this and be able to help out where they can.”

Among the items donated were foodstuffs, books, water, snacks, soft drinks, school bags, clothes, mosquito nets, toiletries, and cash, among others as some volunteers plaited hair for 14 girls and 12 boys had their hair cut.