Daughters of Divine Love Philanthropic Development Office – London (DDL PDO – London)
The Daughters of Divine Love Congregation (DDL) is an international order of religious women founded in 1969 by the late Bishop Godfrey Mary Paul Okoye in Nigeria. The Daughters are known in a special manner for their love of God and love of neighbor, coupled with deep humility, self- sacrifice and solid piety. Rooted and grounded in Love, this love is self-sacrificing love.
The Daughters combine contemplation with Apostolic Action as seen in the life of Our Lord Himself. Interior life of prayer, therefore, is essential.
On 15th December 2019, the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of the congregation, DDL launched their Philanthropic Development Office (PDO) in London under the Spring Rain Global ecosystem.
Among the advocacies performed by our PDO are:
- Care for the Vulnerable
- Care for Children
- Community Building
We support 13,500 households within 27 communities in the rural areas of Enugu Nigeria. The inhabitants in these rural areas are mainly indigenes of the community.
The Daughters of Divine Love PDO is implementing the first two phases of this program as such:
Phase 1: Food Security
Our mission at this moment is Food Security for our people. With the country in complete lockdown mode, people are encouraged to stock up food supply, stay at home and restrict unnecessary movements. However, the poor families are unable to do this because they do not have enough money to purchase the food items for stocking up. Many of the rural inhabitants live from hand-to-mouth and are already struggling to feed themselves from what they earn meagrely through their daily trading activities. Furthermore, a number of these inhabitants are poor and aged with no means to provide for themselves especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. As our Charity Home Center can only accommodate 50-60 less fortunate people and street children at any one time, many of them are stranded in their homes with no access to basic essentials, food and medical attention. With the complete lockdown of schools, shops and businesses to be extended for another month, these poor and vulnerable people face starvation and possible death.
Our Food Security program provides Food Packs and Relief Packages to the different villages – reaching out to one household of 4 members each week. The Food Packs include basic necessities like rice, tomatoes, sauce for the rice, and meat, while the Relief Packages contain a little bit of cash and hand sanitisers. Assisting the poor, aged and vulnerable in these rural areas will put smiles on their faces and restore some hope in them during this time of crisis.
Phase 2: Give Water to the Thirsty
Most rural villages have no proper water supply and the villagers are drinking dirty water, resulting in many of them falling severely ill with water borne diseases. The Communities in Enugu are struggling daily for clean water and are unable to function without this basic necessity of life.
“Give Water to the Thirsty” is one of our on-going projects where we install a source of clean water supply for the entire village to share. The 27 Communities in Enugu requiring manual water boreholes are: Trans Ekulu, Umuchigbo, Umuenwere, Amorji, Iji, Abakpa, Nkubo, Emene, Obinagu, Nchatncha, Akpugo, Ugwuomu, Ugwogo, Neke-Uno, Neke-Odinigbo, Agba-Ogazi, Ako, Ezima, Onuagha, Ibagwa, Edem, Nokpa, Amaokpo, Alulu, Onuogba, Ogbeke, and Amaowelle. The 5 facilities requiring generator-powered water boreholes are: Ehalumona Health Center, Generalate House Enugu, Novitiate House Enugu, Retreat House Enugu, and Local School Awkuzu.
Phase 3 (post-COVID-19): Livelihood Assistance
We shall endeavour to provide the affected families with livelihood assistance by helping them to start up small businesses to withstand any future crisis.
Phase 4 (post-COVID-19): Community Building
We aim to provide electricity under our post-COVID-19 long-term community-building program. But for now, let us save our communities before they die of hunger, and not the virus.
The fund will help to provide the poor with basic necessities – mainly food to alleviate hunger, and hygiene products for sanitation. It will also help to provide water boreholes for 27 villages and 5 facilities.
Phase 1: Food security
Our budget for an average-sized household is US$130.00, which is good to last for a month. We plan to serve 13,500 households in Enugu, Nigeria. The total amount will be US$1,755,000.00.
Phase 2: Give Water to the Thirsty
To provide a clean source of water supply, our plan is to build one manual borehole for each of the 27 villages and one generator-powered borehole for each of our 5 facilities.