“They Come to you with puppy eyes and sad stories of how these children need people to take care of them and how you would be rewarded abundantly if you helped the needy. I ran into some of them at the main market in Awka with their usual slogan. ‘God Loves a Cheerful Giver’
Are orphanage homes and charity organizations in Nigeria real or have they become profit centers?
Nigeria has been ranked as one of the most corrupt countries in the world because of the high rate of fraudulent activities that occur almost on daily basis in the country. First we know of the popular internet scam where young Nigerians defraud foreigners of their money just by sitting in front of a pc and punching keys. This is just one of the many ways people use to make fast cash. We have also head of stories about young Nigerian girls who travel out of the country in search of ‘greener pastures’ but sell their bodies in the bid to make money. Yes time are hard but sadly these activities only make things difficult.
As we know the goals of charity organizations are non-profitable; they give money, food or render other kinds of help to people who are poor, sick orphaned, recently encountered a massive loss or are less priviledged. Orphanage homes are charity organizations that cater for children whor are abandoned or lost their parents and have no one else to care for them. These children are catered for with materials gotten from these charity organizations and from other individuals who visit them. Sadly, some persons have turned the ideas of charity organizations and orphanage homes around for their selfish interests.
Walking around market arenas you would see a bunch of women (and sometimes men) in groups circling customers and passer-by asking them to ‘donate to charity’. They Come to you with puppy eyes and sad stories of how these children need people to take care of them and how you would be rewarded abundantly if you helped the needy. I ran into some of them at the main market in Awka with their usual slogan. ‘God Loves a Cheerful Giver’.
At first I just wanted to hand them some money and walk away then, I asked one of the ladies if I could get a picture of her holding the paper that had the orphanage name and logo on it so that I could post it on the internet to at least give them free publicity and encourage people to support their cause. To my amazement, she bluntly refused. In fact she rejected the money I had already had in my hand to give her. This aroused my suspicion of their activities. So I made some investigations and talked with some of the traders, then I realized that this could be another avenue for fraudsters in Nigeria. It’s a shame, because it has become impossible for “Cheerful givers” to differentiate between the “Real” and the “Fake” charity organizations.
The question still remains are these orphanage homes and charity organizations real or are they just profit making centers?