An NGO, identified as Societal Socialize Children Villages International, established to meet the children’s needs and protect their rights, has given shelter to 99 indigent children in Plateau since 2010.
The Programme Director of the organisation, Mr Stephen Davou, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Jos.
Davou said that the beneficiaries had either lost a parent or about to lose, and thus, had no economic and emotional stability to secure their future.
He said that the children were selected from social development welfare offices across the 17 LGAs of Plateau State with guardianship from the court of law.
“The 99 children are in 12 family houses, with 33 in secondary school and 66 in the primary school.
“We offer them parental care using family-based care model because the family is the best place for the child to grow.
“We have a mother figure to care for them throughout their period with us. It is a long-term programme in which their education, health, morals are catered for.
“They can stay with us till university level and leave the shelter when they are self-sustaining; then, we re-integrate them into the society,” he said.
The official said that the organisation had also trained youths on entrepreneurial skills and secured their internship in various organisations.
According to Davou, some of the youths eventually get employed in their places on internship.
Source: ( NAN )