The Elfreeda Foundation is an open shelter for homeless women and children. It was founded by Mrs Uloma Rochas Nwosu, the daughter of the incumbent governor of Imo State.
With a mission to “strive everyday to create a safe haven where homeless women and children find stability and access to the basic needs of life”, the Elfreeda Foundation launched its open shelter on the 11th of August 2017. In attendance were dignitaries such as: the wife of the vice president of Nigeria, Her Excellency Mrs Oludolapo Osinbajo; the governor of Imo State, His Excellency Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha (OON); wife of the governor of Imo State, Mrs Nneoma Nkechi Rochas Okorocha; wife of the governor of Enugu state, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi; the chief of staff of the Imo State Government, Honorable Uche Nwosu; publisher of Genevieve Magazine, Betty Irabor amongst others.
Mrs Uloma spoke on how she plans to do more for the helpless. In her words, her love for giving and helping the needy developed when as a young girl, she would go with her family, once a month to share food to the needy in a part of Kaduna. This imbibed in her a sense of compassion, with goals to always thrive to be of help to the poor. In a short drama, which preluded the presentation of the Elfreeda Foundation theme song, the Elfreeda Foundation team described how they intend to clothe, feed and render any form of assistance to the needy.
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After this, the Elfreeda Foundation cake was cut by the dignitaries present and the Nollywood stars that came to honor Mrs Uloma Rochas Nwosu. The audience then proceeded to the Elfreeda Foundation open shelter to officially declare it open for use and this was done by Her Excellency, Mrs Oludolapo Osinbajo, wife of the vice president of Nigeria.
The celebration of this worthy cause was moved to the governor’s house, where he hosted the Nollywood stars, the designers and other special guests who added glamour to the event. Alex Ekubor, Oge Okoye, Ebube Nwagbo, Ngozi Ezeonu, Susan Peters, Chelsea Eke, Chamberlain Uzo, Dr Olakunle Churchill amongst others were treated to a sumptuous meal alongside the banters from the very amiable governor and family.
The launch was planned by Elizabeth R events. Mrs Ibidunni Ighodalo, the CEO, and team did an extraordinary job with the decor at the Imo Trade and Investment Center, the venue for the official launch of the Elfreeda Foundation. There were umbrellas and crystal raindrops hanging from the ceiling. These represents a form of covering or shelter in the rain, which basically translates the very essence of the Elfreeda Foundation; to provide shelter and help in dire situations.
PARTNERS OF THE EVENT
House of Freeda, Shirley’s Confectionary, Dana Air, Aero, Multichoice, Shirley Supremo Finishings Limited, Channels TV, WODDI, CNN, Arik Air, Indomie, Afrydef, Rochas Foundation, Frosty Haven, Genevieve Magazine, Daily Med Pharmacy LTD, Ifeanyicy.com, M&B, Cute and Lean Dry cleaners, Zulwa, NAPTIP
The shelter is an 100 bed temporary facility where homeless women and children are welcomed to and cared for. It is opened daily from the hours of 6:00pm and closed at 9:00am. Homeless women and children will be provided a bed to sleep and a meal a day for a maximum duration of 30days. During the period of these 30days, the women and children will be empowered with different skills and crafts so as to be able to stand back on their feets. The Elfreeda Foundation also has a thrift store where donations such as clothing and household items from individuals, partners and organizations will be retailed at minimal prices to the public. Money gotten from these sales will in turn go into the funding of the foundation.