[From ANIEKAN ANIEKAN Calabar]
A non governmental organization, Rochas Foundation has been officially launched in Cross River State.
The foundation which operates in eleven states in Nigeria is making it’s first entrance into the South South Zone of the country.
Speaking in Calabar during a meeting with stakeholders, Uloma Uche Nwosu, an official of the foundation a d deputy Chief of staff to the President of the Foundation, Rochas Okorocha said the foundation will kick off in January with 300 students.
She said they came to Calabar because of the high number of out of school children in the state.
“We did our research and found out there are lots of out of school children in the state.
“We are coming to the South South for the first time and ensuring that the Rochas Foundation Schools in Cross River State is built and ready to take off in January.
“We are kicking off with 300 children front the streets who have no hope of going to school, who taught their lives are over so there is a beacon of hope for these children”, she said.
She said the Foundation has trained over 25, 000 children in its 24 years of existence and have about 6000 graduates.
She added that the Foundation will launch a mentorship programme for the first time in the history of Rochas Foundation and this will be kicking off in Calabar.
Also speaking, the director of Schools in the Foundation Rev. Dr. Kalu Uchemba called on stakeholders to assist the foundation in the area of mentorship.
She emphasized that the mentors will help shape the children and these mentors must have passion for the task.
She said with this support, they hope to change Nigeria and make it what it should be.