Dakas Foundation Puts Smiles on Faces of Homeless Households, Orphans, Widows, Others
By Ralph Madugu
While the global pandemic of the coronavirus dominates the global media space, the plight of homeless households in Jos, Plateau, Central Nigeria, remained a matter of serious concern to those who have visited the uncompleted building tucked within in Lahwol-Topp, Rayfield where 22 households from across Plateau, Kaduna and Imo States are currently taking shelter.
Checks by this magazine revealed that the 22 households comprising mainly women and children, have been rendered homeless due to lack of money to pay rent, displacement as a result of herdsmen attacks, family crises, abandonment and loss of means of livelihood among other reasons.
At last, succour came their way, courtesy Dakas Foundation that merely saw a video on social media showing the conditions of the occupants and decided to assist them with food items to enable them survive the times, especially now that the world is combating the coronavirus plague prevailing across the globe leading to the shortage of food and other basic necessities of life especially among the poor in the society.
Experts have opined that the lack of food and adequate shelter are serious needs facing human beings around the world describing extreme poverty as the root cause.
Presenting the food items, a partner with the Dakas Foundation, Mrs. Beatrice Dakas, said “The gesture is necessitated by the fact that we are brothers and sisters and we need to care for each other.”
Mrs. Dakas while encouraging the beneficiaries to depend and trust in God, admonished them to see their plight as temporal and assured that the foundation will continue to support through continuous prayers.
She said, “When the story came up in the social media, we were literally moved by their condition. The place where they are, is not habitable. We have come to identify with them and give them some hope and also to encourage them. We have come here to assist them so that they will glorify God and find rest for themselves. We are here to share in their plight.”
Mrs. Suzan Yigo, a resident of Lahwol-Topp disclosed that she came to know about the place through her 15-year-old boy who drew her attention to the urgent needs of the homeless households and she was touched by their condition which necessitated her to assist adding that the need for human beings to show compassion cannot be overemphasized hence the need to always carry one another’s burden.
Giving a brief background about how the people homeless households were discovered, Mr. Yakubu Chungyang, coordinator COCIN AIDS Awareness and Care Program (CAACP) said, “The people in the uncompleted building were discovered by a young boy from the family of Mr and Mrs. Yigo who prevailed on his mother to take support to them during the lockdown and when Masara Kim of the COCIN light bearer got information and went there to interview one of the women Mrs. Sarah Danladi Dastu a widow with six children.”
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, 52-year-old father of 5, Yilman Gudam who could not hold back his tears, expressed gratitude to the donor for identifying with them in their moment of trial and prayed God to bless the foundation to enable them to continue to impact on the lives of the needy in society.
Aside the visited to the uncompleted building with about 22 Households, the team from the Dakas Foundation was at the Our Lady of Apostle (OLA) Orphanage Zawan where they presented food items to the Orphanage.
At the Zawan Orphanage, Sister Patricia Iwunze received the food items on behalf of the management of the home and thanked the donor describing the gesture as “show of love at this moment. It is a moment to reconcile with ourselves. May your charity work go beyond the people you see.”
The foundation also reached out to residents of the Federal Lowcost where over 70 widows were assisted with food items.
They physically challenged were also not left out as the foundation was at the Disability Rights Commission office in Jos, where food items were donated to the disabled.
This recent humanitarian gesture by the Dakas foundation is not the first. It would be recalled that in December 2019, the foundation gave out scholarship to 50 indigent students of the university of Jos where the donor gave the management of the University the exclusive right to select the beneficiaries.