Read The Full Statement Below:
Good morning all, through the authorization of the relevant authorities, Tenderlife Rescue Initiative officially handed over most of the children carted away by the Eagle Crack Police team back to their biological mother’s yesterday. They have been under the care of the Government children’s home at Borokiri for almost 2months now. 18 mothers out of the 25 children were successfully reunited with their children, 6 mothers couldn’t come due to the lockdown especially those outside the State while 1 baby had died in their custody (sadly😢).
The mother of one out of the four pregnant girls picked up her daughter yesterday. The remaining three are double orphan teenage girls who were homeless. Tenderlife usually gets referrals from Doctors without Borders, WEWE, hospitals, the Ogoni region,well meaning Nigerians and Universities.
WEWE and The aunties of one and the church who brought in two of the pregnant girls were also present but they had no plans to take them amid tears of one to leave.
Tenderlife ED and her lawyer had to beg the Permanent Secretary to continue providing shelter for the remaining three who are homeless. Two of the girls had delivered and it is unsure what will become of them and their babies.
AONN President, Mr.Amaechi prayed with the girls and admonished them to be strong and embrace life skills to prevent further pregnancies. Support for Mankind Executive Director Mrs. Iminabo .O. on behalf of Tenderlife
handed over relief items and a cash token to enable them settle in with their infants mainly their birth certificates, immunization cards, diapers,grains, clothes, provisions, infant milk, drugs and shoes with support from KIISI Trust supporting development in the Ogoni region. Tenderlife has been implementing the KIISI trust and CDC OVC project in Rivers State by reaching a target of 30 OVC (Institutional care) and over 7,000 OVC (Community based care). Many of those provided with Institutional care have been paternal orphans especially from single unmarried ladies whom their partners had denied paternity of the children,saved from trafficking and from abortion.
It was nostalgic for everyone. Happy they were reunited with their children but skeptical about the next steps of their lives.
We equally state that we have never given out any child for adoption and we are do not operate baby factory.
We therefore call on all relevant stakeholders to begin rethinking programming for these peculiar people. Maternity transit homes are not new all over the world and in Africa but strangely scarce in Nigeria due to the fear of been hastily tagged ‘Baby Factory’ by the authorities. A transit center affords pregnant girls to choose life for their babies, not to throw them away and to receive training to give them a safe landing in life to pursue their dreams such as entrepreneurial training, life skills, discipleship/ moral building and contraceptive education.
We give God all Praise and adoration for making this day possible and I wish to thank again Mr.Otobo Dennis of CISHAN who loudly voiced our innocence to the public in our moment of trial, Amaechi of AONN and Barr. Henry Ekine who facilitated the release of the Children on the platform of AONN,CISHAN,RINGOCS and CPN. Mad.Josephine and the WEWE team, RIVSACA, Pst.Abiodun, Senior Pastor – Rev.Stephen Akinola and Redemption Ministries Worldwide, Pastor Williams of Eagle Assembly, Women in Mission, and a host of individuals who worked tirelessly physically and spiritually throughout this case especially on the release of the children. God who raised you up for such a time as this will definitely reward you in measures you cannot fathom.
I must thank my better Half,my Husband Ibe Mmakwe who was a strong Pillar for me and our biological children.
Below are some of documents of TenderLife Rescue Initiative which gives legal backing to the organization