Its an IDP camp located in WASSA, off APO District-FCT. The camp consists of women, children and men affected by the insurgency in north east, Nigeria. WASSA is one of the largest IDP camp in Nigeria. Our initial plan was to cater for only 300 persons but we ended up with over 1000 persons.
Inview of the the huge crowd, we had to repacked the relief materials so as to to make sure people have something to eat. It was unbelievable when one of them told me that they have not had meal of rice for six months now. As expected of huge hungry crowd, impatient led to problems of crowd control and the people scattered some of the relief items we brought. Even with they, they had to scampered and scooped from the floor what they could laid their hands on from the left over.
Speech by Mr. Ibeleme Israel C. on Monday 8-12-2014
“I wish to appreciate every one of you that has found time to grace this occasion. I also want to thank HRH Eze Prof. S.C. Ezeribe. Apostel M.I Orjinta, the Ikwuano Area Superintendent of the Apostolic Church Igbo Field Nigeria. The Church district pastor for giving me the hall free of charge, and other clergymen here present. I won’t forget my parents Pastor and Mrs. T.O Ibeleme for there prayers and support Rev’d . Prince Charles Ezeanochie, I thank you sir. I also thank all my friends from Port Harcourt and the organizers of the program and everyone that has contributed in one way or the other to make this day a success. May God bless you all.
I know a lot of questions may be going through your minds why I started this program. For me, today is one of the happiest moments of my life. Having to stand before you today is a great privilege, a dream and heartfelt desire come true.
My mission is to impart meaning to the lives of our people and to especially help the poor and the widows. This is the second time I am doing this program in public and in an improved way from the last one.
It’s is for me a way of thanking God and fulfilling the promise I made to him a long time ago. I don’t want to bore you with many stories. One thing I will not forget is how I escaped armed robbery attacks this year. God saved my life. I didn’t think I would make it up to this point, but God made it possible.
What I’m doing here now did not start today. God gave me this instruction and I stuck to it. I started few years ago by sending food items to people in Port Harcourt with just 10,000 Naira. After that, I embarked on another project that helped 150 persons, and today to the glory of God we have at least 620 persons that will go home with food items.
I want to say to you that it is not by my power or might, but only God made it possible, and I pray that this mission will continue and grow to become even bigger and better.
Also I want to request for a special prayer for my boss I won’t call his name but God knows him by name pray for him every day that God will favour him in all his desire.
God bless and prosper you all in Jesus Name. Amen”
OUR SUCCESS STORY
Israel Ibeleme Foundation was founded 9 years ago in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. We started by engaging elderly women and men – providing them food and Water daily. The next step was visits to charity homes in Port Harcourt. We also ventured into educating the youth; provide everything they need from gaining admission and upwards. Our scholars are in different levels from secondary to higher institutions.
In 2013 we decided to engage people at the rural level. We began by helping them acquire skills. For some we provided cassava grinding machine, and others sewing machine. We also distributed food Items and clothing; and cash incentives for those already in business like Market women. By God’s grace that year we were able to cover over 750 persons.
2014 we continued with the same program at Isi-ala Oboro, Ikwuano Umuahia in Abia State. We provided more food items than we had ever done in the past, reaching up to 1,500 persons.
HOW DID WE GET HERE? WHY DID WE ENGAGE IN THE PROGRAM?
It’s all about my life Story, how I lived my life in the City of Port Harcourt for many Years without help. I could recall how I slept outside along the road, because I could not pay my rent and I could not feed, I lived with only a pair of shoes, one cloth a trouser and a T-shirt. Everyone around the community knew me with that cloth. I also remember how I fed with N20 per day which was never enough for me but I had to manage. People called me all kinds of names just because I was always up at night. To cut the long story short, there was never a time back then when I found something to eat when I needed it, but in all of these, I was very close to God and was faithful.
One day God used someone to change my story, but every time God keeps showing me this memory about my past, and one day during my prayer, I asked why and I got a reply. I understood that I had to go through that tough time because God wants me to save lives. I don’t have plenty of money to help people as I would have loved to, that was why I didn’t start in a big way. I started by using my hand and my ideas to help the elderly people. It is a mandate that God gave me to touch lives.
I always remember that there is someone out there who is living the same life I lived before, who can’t afford food, who sleep outside the road, whose hope have been lost like me back then, who put-on same cloth every day. I remember and I know it’s real and that is why at Israel Ibeleme Foundation, we will continue to strive to assist people in need, to give them a better life and build back their hope against all odds. And with God on our side, we will do more than we ever hoped to do.
Our mission is to reach out to those we can, help those we can help, do the little we can and let God do the rest.