COVID-19 – Nestlé Cares reaches out to Orphanages Nationwide

Nigeria – July 20, 2020: Nestlé Nigeria volunteers recently donated food, beverages and personal hygiene products to children in 18 orphanages across Nigeria under its Global Employee Volunteer Program, Nestlé Cares. Nestlé Cares is aimed at enhancing volunteer activities and providing an opportunity for Nestlé employees to give back to society by offering their time, talent and resources.

Relief materials donated by staff and matched by the company reached over 700 children in 18 orphanages across Nigeria. These include, the SOS Children’s Village, Isolo-Lagos, Sought After Children’s Orphanage, Ajah-Lagos, SOS Children’s Home Jos, Adonai Orphanage Home Kaduna, Nigerian Red Cross Motherless Babies Home Enugu, Modupe Cole Memorial Child Care, Yaba, Lagos, Rachel’s Home, Abuja and St. Anne’s Children’s Home, Warri, Delta State.

“We recognise that in times like this, the most important concern for caregivers is providing adequate nutrition for their children while ensuring the highest standards of hygiene to keep them safe. This is why we have come together on the platform of Nestlé Cares to provide nutritious food and beverages as well as personal and homecare hygiene products to the orphanages we support across Nigeria. We are pleased that the items contributed by the volunteers were matched by the company, another way we leverage our resources at Nestlé to deliver impact in our communities, ” said Mrs. Victoria Uwadoka the Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé Nigeria.

“These donations are part of Nestlé Nigeria’s contribution towards supporting the most vulnerable among us, most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We trust that the items will assist the caregivers in meeting the nutritional and welfare needs of the children during these difficult times.”

Receiving the donations on behalf of the SOS Children’s Village, Isolo Lagos, the Programme Director, Mr. Ayodeji Adelopo said, “These times are challenging for all of us, and these are the times when support is really needed. I would like to thank Nestlé and its employees for not failing to provide the much-needed support.”.

L – R : Ayodeji Adelopo, Programme Director SOS Children’s Village Isolo, Eucharia Uzosike Nestlé Cares Representative, and  Maryam Daramola, National Corporate Relations Officer, SOS Children’s Home

At the Adonai Orphanage Home, Kaduna, the Director, Pastor Samuel Oyelowo and the Matron, Rev. Mrs Elizabeth O. Afuwape who received the donations on behalf of the Orphanage expressed appreciation for Nestlé’s continuous support, especially in these times when good nutrition and hygiene are important to ensure the health of the children in the home. “Thank you Nestle for remembering us, especially now that the children are not in school. This will go a long way to meet their nutritional needs,” said Pastor Samuel.

Nestlé Cares is one of the ways Nestlé lives out her commitment to drive societal progress while supporting a sustainable, healthy food system.

Since its foundation over 150 years ago, Nestlé has been committed to helping parents and caregivers provide the right nutrition for their children. Through Nestlé Cares, the company seeks to continually seize opportunities to make lasting positive impact on individuals and families, on communities and the planet.