The Restore Home Initiative, RHI, the brainchild of a Lagos-based Non-Governmental Organization, Centre for Restoration of Values, have distributed food packages to households in Badagry Division of Lagos to help them celebrate this year’s Eidul Adha, also known as sallah festival.
Following the successful execution of its Ramadan Welfare Package, the COVID-19 Palliative Project, the RHI decided to replicate the feat during the 2020 Eidul Adha festive period.
The spokesperson of the organization, Dr. Binyamin Ajayi, who made this known in Lagos, said 270 families selected from different parts of Badagry Division in Lagos state benefitted from the gesture of the group.
According to him, RHI partnered with three other humanitarian groups and public spirited individuals both within and outside Nigeria.
“With a target to provide the sacrificial meat and some essential food items to go with it, RHI leveraged on the efforts made in Ramadan to contact donors within the country as well as in the diaspora”, he explained.
He stated further that in all, 7 cows and 4 rams were slaughtered, adding that, large pieces of cow meat, a litre of vegetable oil, a paint plastic size of rice and some bulbs of onions were distributed.
The RHI executed the project on Friday 31st July and Saturday 1st August 2020 using 4 major Centers: Ajeromi-Amuwo, Ojo, Oto-Awori and Badagry. While two of the rams were slaughtered at Ojo and Shibiri on Friday, the rest animal were slaughtered on Saturday at the designated points.
“Our donors include YBIM and Living for Humanity Initiative both based in Malaysia, Z&S Foundations Lagos and 37 other individuals spreading across six different countries” he said.
While receiving the food items, one of the beneficiaries expressed his amazement over the kind gesture and prayed for the donors: “Thanks for making this EID-IL-KABIR a memorable one for me. I really appreciate RESTORE HOME INITIATIVE for the items given to me. JAZAKUMULLAHU KHAYRAN. May Allah continue to guide and strengthen you”. Mr Jamiu Yekeen, another beneficiary, said: “Jazakumllahu khairan for the package. I really enjoyed myself with my family”.
Dr Ajayi expressed his appreciation to the donors and reiterated that the Organisation was committed to the socio welfare needs of the people in the face of the impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on them, irrespective of religious or ethnic background. This, according to him, is what Islam is all about.