Dame Judith Amaechi, wife of the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has called on society to always remember the needy, particularly vulnerable children.
Mrs Amaechi made the call on Thursday while visiting children at two different special homes and donating food and sanitary items, as she clocked 51 years.
At the end of her visit to Mother Theresa Children’s Home and Victorine Home for Children in Abuja, Mrs Amaechi told journalists that she felt fulfilled spending time with the children and donating food and other materials to make them feel loved.
She added that beyond passion and fulfilment of giving to the homes, her choice of time for the children was in appreciation to God for the gift of life.
“I want to thank God for giving me opportunity to see a new day and I want to also thank God for my family; I come from a family of praise, love and sharing. So, I think to share with others is the most beautiful thing.
“What else can I say to God, other than to come to a place like this? It is like a ritual to be in the midst of people like this, just as my husband and children. I don’t know what to say, but this is what I like doing…that is why I am here. I feel that it is good to give back to God.”
Mrs. Amaechi noted that the act of giving portrays the practice of her Christian faith- and to be Christ-like- giving cheerfully.
She said: “I also feel that it is a time to show love to those who may not have the kind of privilege that we have. What am I doing? I am practicing the faith that I believe in and that is simply what I am doing here today.
“I thank God because many people have cared for me in my own life too. For instance, I lost my mum at a very tender age and I was given opportunity, if I wasn’t, what would I have been?”
She added that as the future of society, children must not be neglected, but given care and opportunity to quality life.
“So I am trying to give back as well to the society. How important for the society to recognise vulnerable children? Well to be honest, it is a personal thing, it is very important to recognise the fact that the kids make tomorrow. Today they are young, tomorrow they form the bane of the society, and there is nothing any one can do about it.
“ Once I was a child, today I am an adult, whatever I was impacted upon, I was going to give back, what I don’t have I can’t give back.
“So the life we show to them today would shape their future and it would affect the impact in their lives and also affect the impact they will make in the society.”
She appreciated the staff and management of the homes for taking good care of the children and encouraged them not to relent on their oars in their activities.
The Managing Director of Mother Theresa Children’s Home, Catherine Emeagwali, and the caregivers at Victorine Home for Children, thanked the Dame Judith Amaechi for her charitable spirit and prayed for God to grant her more fruitful years.