News Release

Church Aids the Elderly

Leaders of the women’s organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Relief Society) in the Lagos Nigeria West Stake (similar to a diocese), in partnership with the Institute of Social Work of Nigeria (ISOWN),  visited the Centre for Happy Elderly People (CHEP) on April 3, 2015. 

Items such as a water dispenser, bags of rice, clothes, kitchen equipment, toiletries, scriptures and other supplies were donated during the visit.

The centre, which has eight staff and 10 elderly resident, has been providing health care and other welfare services for the aged since 2008.

Centre coordinator, Lilian A. Jiringho, expressed appreciation for the visit and encouraged people to be more involved in advocacy for old people because they have the right to live and receive care. She further stated that it is not just the responsibility of social workers to care for the aged, but also every individual because as people get involved in this important mission, they are working for God.

Kemi Otun, the National Executive Secretary of ISOWN, while addressing her fellow social workers and care providers at the centre, encouraged them to keep up their humanitarian service with prayers for God’s guidance, protection and rewards for their diligence. 

Atere Olawale, the chairman of ISOWN, also expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve as a social worker and promised that the institute would get fully involved in advocacy for the aged.

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