Children Of Mary Orphanage & Motherless Babies' Home
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Home located?
Who founded The Home ?
Why did Mrs.Rosemary Oganyi start the Home ?
How is the Home organized?
How is the Home funded?
How many inmates are staying at the home at present?
Who is supporting the project?
How about the present facilities of the Home?
How is the education of the children organized?
Who is providing health care?
What are the plans on the drawing board for the near future?
How is the funding of this project going to be secured?
Any other noteworthy facts about the orphanage?

Where is the Home located?

The Home is situated at Otukpo in Benue State, home of the Idoma tribe,
A major ethnic group comprising of approximately 800,000 people with their own language, culture and remnants of a traditional religion about to become extinct.

Who founded The Home ?

The home was founded by Mrs.Rosemary Oganyi about six years ago.

Why did Mrs.Rosemary Oganyi start the Home ?

She was a businesswoman, who decided in seeking fulfillment by taking care of children. She has no offspring of her own and at one time started getting frequent dreams about children. A priest helped her in interpreting her dreams as a calling towards founding an orpahanage.

How is the Home organized?

Efforts are on the way to finalize registration of the home as NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) with the Federal Government Corporate Affairs Commission. The process is about to be completed anytime from now. The activities are overseen by a Board of Trustees comprising of eight members (see under Minutes of Meeting), while the everyday running of the Home's affairs is entrusted to the Matron, Mrs.Rosemary Oganyi.

How is the Home funded?

It is purely privately funded, that is through donations and contributions from well-meaning citizens. The Government authorities are called upon for various assistances from time to time, and are exercising their statutory role in maintaining supervision.

How many inmates are staying at the home at present?

At the moment, there are eighteen children staying at the home. Their age ranges from two months to eleven years. They are predominantly of Idoma origin, but few are Ibo,
Yoruba or Tiv. It is expected that the number of inmates will increase considerably withi the next few years, partially as a fallout of the devastating effect of the Aids pandemic that has taken a heavy toll on the otherwise intact social fabric of the society.

Who is supporting the project?

The project is being supported through active participation of friends from within and outside the country. A lot of assistance has been received and continues to be received in the form of material donations (clothes, footwear, toys, educational material etc.) and financial assistance.

How about the present facilities of the Home?

The Home is set up within a rented bungalow, with a compound sufficient for the present number of inmates. The electricity is very irregular as is the case in most other parts of the country, and water is either drawn from an artesian well or must be bought from outside during the dry season.

How is the education of the children organized?

Few are going to a privately run nursery school, others are frequenting public primary school.

Who is providing health care?

Efforts are made to contract a clinic on a retainership basis, so that medical treatment can be made available at any time in case of need.

What are the plans on the drawing board for the near future?

A sizeable piece of communal land has been acquired and it s hoped that construction of the Home's own facilities can commence, as soon as the ownership of the land is duly registered with the local authorities. The facilities shall include : dormitories, administrative block, residential quarters for Mrs.Oganyi etc. Later on, it is planned to add a Primary School, which will also be open for children from outside the home.
The land will also be used partially for small-scale farming, poultry and as an orchard
for fruit trees.

How is the funding of this project going to be secured?

Beyond donations and contributions from various quarters that are usually relied upon, it is planned to organize a fund-raising event to generate funds commensurate with the size of the project.

Any other noteworthy facts about the orphanage?

This is probably the first orphanage to possess a piece of Real Estate on the moon. This was acquired as a result of our initial inability to secure a land from the local authorities.
The idea was that, if nobody was willing to grant the facility on earth, we should at least get one on the moon!


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