“The children are the future of the world and nothing could be too much to do to guarantee their prospects.” That was the message of the Nigerian First Lady, Dame (Dr.) Patience Goodluck Jonathan during her visit to the SOS Children Village, Nairobi, Kenya today.
The First Lady who visited the Village in company of her Kenyan counterpart , Madam Margaret Kenyatta, noted that “education is an asset and it is the best legacy that could be given to a child.”
She therefore urged the children to pay attention to their teachers and also work hard so that they could become great in the future.
Dame Patience Jonathan equally implored the children to give adequate attention to moral teachings being imparted to them, adding that “education without morals cannot lead to success in life.”
The First Lady also lauded the good efforts of the teachers and the Village mothers who work day and night “to train and take care of the children.”
She praised the Kenyan First Lady who is also the Patron of the Village “for her efforts in assisting the Village to grow,” and the corporate organizations that have “continued to give support to the management and Board” of the Village.
Earlier in her address, the First Lady of Kenya who traced the journey of the Village to 1975 when it was commissioned said she identified very much with the Village and the philosophy of its founder, adding that she would do her best to assist the Village.
Madam Margaret Kenyatta commended the management and Board for taking care of the children, thereby checking the social problems which their abandonment could cause.
The two visiting First Ladies aside from undertaking a short tour of the Village also planted trees to commemorate their visit.
The SOS Village was founded by Austria born philanthropist, Hermann Gmeiner who launched his first settlement and care centre for orphans and homeless children in Austria in 1949.
The SOS Village in Nairobi established in 1973 and commissioned in 1975 in the presence of the Kenyan Vice President and Hermann Gmeiner himself is actually the second to be founded in Africa, the first being that of Cote d’Ivoire.