Supporting the Ministry of Mercy (MOM) Orphanage
Tucked inside the remote village of Otutulu in central Nigeria is an orphanage bursting at the seams with the love of Christ — and children in need. Founded in 1992 by Daniel and Esther Edeh, MOM is the largest orphanage in Nigeria, feeding and housing more than 300 children. In fact, no child has ever been turned away regardless of their situation. Whether abandoned, motherless or a special needs child, each child is cared for on an individual basis according to their needs. And recently, MOM has expanded to the nearby city of Lakoja where an additional 50 children are being cared for and their numbers are growing almost daily.
In 2006 and 2008, ZOYA teams visited MOM to provide medical attention and spend time with these precious children. After seeing the need for adequate housing, ZOYA began the “Noah’s Ark” project which was completed in 2011. The Noah’s Ark building is dedicated in honor of ZOYA’s founder, Karen Abebefe, who passed away in 2010.
The Noah’s Ark building provides proper housing for infant and toddlers who before spent all of their days crawling, eating and sleeping on dirt or cement floors. The Ark also serves as a home for many of the caregivers at MOM, including the orphanage’s founders, Daniel and Esther Edeh.
Read more about the Noah’s Ark building project.
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