NGO Rehabilitates 60 Street Girls


The Mother of Good Council Initiative (MOGCI), a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Port Harcourt, led by Lady Doris Onyeneke has embarked on the recovery and rehabilitative of girls whose hope in life seems shattered by varying life’s circumstances.
In an entrepreneurial training programme it organised in Port Harcourt recently, many girls who were said to have been abandoned by their parents and environments, took advantage of the initiative to be trained in their various areas of interest.
In an interview with our correspondent, the executive director of the organisation, Lady Onyeneke said MOGCI has established Mater Dei Care Centre to recover and give the recovered street girls a reason to live again as well as reopen a new chapter of their lives.
Lady Onyeneke said the belief in teaching a man to fish and empowering him with not and hook instead of giving him fish on daily basis, pushed the NGO to embark on skill acquisition exercise for 60 girls.
A release by the center said the training centre is not only for skills acquisition purposes, it is also a place to holistically reform and enhance the status of girls and young women.
“MOGCI has also succeeded in sending some of our girls who dropped out of school, back to school. Employment opportunities already await 30 girls in the catering department on graduation in one of the biggest eateries in Port Harcourt” the release said.
Expressing her challenges, the executive director said “our safe space (hostel) can only accommodate six abused girls at a time and we also need computers, sewing machines, and other equipment to empower those that would soon graduate to become full-fledged entrepreneurs”.
In her contribution, the coordinator of Mother of Good Counsel Initiative, Obiageli Oraka-Poghe said the success story of the centre is “mind blowing as the centre is gaining momentum because of the many visible achievements in the lives of the girls.
“The best investment is the one made in human beings. We correct the wrong information that uneducated women cannot worth anything in the society”, Oraka-Oipoghe noted.
One of the beneficiaries, Idara, said to have been abandoned by her mother to cohabit with a man for 12 years had this to say. “I was left to take care of myself for these number of years in a hostile environment but thanks to this NGO for restoring my life and giving me a future?
Adding “I will soon graduate from computer training and I am preparing for WAEC exam. I have also been reunited with my mother and siblings”.
It is worthy to note that Precious and Mary who gave their ages as 15 and 16 respectively dropped out of school because of teenage pregnancy. They both have also been sent back to school to further their education courtesy of the mother of Good Counsel Initiative.