A non-profit organization, Connack Foundation, has sunk water boreholes in Afugiri, Umuahia North L.G.A., Abia State, the first in the history of the community.
The Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Mrs. Carole Emeka Sunday, disclosed this on Thursday during a media briefing at the foundation’s research centre, Umuegwu-Okpuala Ohuhu, Umuahia.
Afugiri is the hometown of Dr. Michael Okpara, the former Premier of old Eastern Region and has experienced acute water problems for ages which even various governments’ interventions could not solve.
She recalled that the organization founded by Mr. Kenneth Nnamdi Ukeagu in 2012, has solved water problems in Afugiri, Ohuhu land.
This, she said was made possible by the engagement of seasoned engineers to sink boreholes in four different locations of the community, thereby ending age-long water crises in the community.
She also used the occasion to announce that the annual founders’ day and youth arise celebration for 2020 will not hold, because of delay of full approval from the Abia State Government to hold the events, as well as the need to maintain Covid-19 rules, regretting any disappointment the cancellation may bring to the teeming youths.
The foundation stated it has trained and equipped many Abia youths in several entrepreneurship skills, given scholarship to kids and youths, paid medical bills of patients at Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, as well as sponsored free medical outreach in partnership with Faith Care Incorporated, United States of America.
Construction of rural roads, installation of street lights, sponsorship of graduates in their businesses, as well as free surgery for kids to the tune of N2.5 million, according to Sunday, have been the hallmark of the group since 2012.
She charged the beneficiaries to utilize every fund given to them while also urging various communities where Connack sited projects, to protect the projects against vandalism as it was not the responsibility of the foundation to secure what it had already donated to a community.
Also speaking, the legal adviser and medical director of the foundation, Ifeanyi Nnajiofor and Dr. Orji Nnorom, said many dashed hopes have been rekindled by the foundation through its efforts.
The foundation however called for partnership with other like-minded individuals to sustain the strides of helping people, but said Connack Foundation was not interested in any partnership with state or federal governments.