By Damilola Fadugba
Lagos, July 31, 2021 (NAN) The Consul General, Brazil, Lagos State, Mr. Francisco Luz has partnered with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Yagazie Foundation to organize a ‘YES’ Camp for sustainable development projects for children.
Luz said that he was honored to support the ‘YES’ Camp which was an acronym for Yagozie Educational and Sports Camp because the camp also considered the disabled children in the society.
“This program particularly is very important for the disabled because they do not have many opportunities as compared to their able counterparts.
“I and my family have a couple of disabled family members and at a point in time, some of them had to move to America in search of greener pastures.
“This kind of event is important to them because it will keep them positively engaged mentally, physically, and psychologically,” the consular said.
He said he was supporting the project financially from his own purse as Fransisco and not from the consulate which he said was not allowed.
“The Brazilian constitution forbids us to transfer funds to foreign Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) so the only way I can support financially is through private funding.
“I see the good works they are doing and have done in the past two years since they came to me for support and I became interested in their programs,” Luz said.
The consular said that he also gave moral support to the activities of the NGO by providing the structure of the consulate for use for their meetings and programs.
“They can use our halls for events and workshops for the disabled and abled children as they deem fit,” Luz said.
He said that Brazil also provided educational programs on scholarship for undergraduate and postgraduate studies which were the only projects available for now.
“We are also trying to start Portuguese language training where we will include cultural exchanges in very different forms.
“These projects have been in place for more than 50 years and the alumni in Brazil is more than 300 so it’s a huge group and we try to get together every year.
“However, the pandemic prevented us from getting together in 2020 but hopefully, we will try to get together in 2021 if the pandemic does not worsen globally,” he said.
Luz said that it was heartwarming to see people who travel to Brazil for studies come back to Nigeria and become successful.
“It is a heartwarming experience talking to these guys and seeing that they have embraced Brazil as their second home just as Brazilians in Nigeria have embraced Nigeria as their second home,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr. Kennedy Ezirim, Founder, Yagazie Foundation said the organization focused on the Nigerian children with the inclusion of sporting and educational activities to achieve a positive impact on education.
Ezirim said that the camp seeks to reach out to 150 to 200 children (disabled and abled) in different batches.
“The program will hold in September with respect to compliance with the Covid-19 protocols.
“The program is a continuous project which we will hold during the holiday period so that we can keep the children busy when they are on holiday.
“This will keep them busy and connect them to something productive that will make them stay active during the holiday period,” he said.
Ezirim said that there would also be scholarships for children whose families were struggling and found it difficult to take care of their children’s educational needs. (NAN)
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