A Birthday Message From Mercy Johnson To You

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Here is what her publicist sent in.

Today, I thought of many things I
would love to have as birthday gifts and
the many dreams I am still pursuing. In
all of this I’m not losing sight of the
fact that if not for God I might have
ended up on the street like the many
kids and young adults begging for food
and some prostituting to make ends
meet.

If we know the circumstances that
force some of these people on the
street, we would spare a thought for
them. I am where I am today purely by
the grace of God and the grace of
people who believed in me from the
word go. Recently, I was at the Boys
Reform Home, Oregun, Lagos, the
discussion I had with the principal Mr.
Kotun and much later with the Special
Adviser in charge of all remand homes
in Lagos set me thinking about the
boys and girls on the street. They have
dreams too. Can they fulfill those
dreams on the street? The answer will
likely be no; because I won’t be where I
am today if I ended up on the street.

For this reason, Mercy Johnson
Foundation will be doing a lot to get
kids off the street. We are not asking
people for money or donation, I will do
all I can with the resources God has
given me, and with the support of my
husband to help get these kids off the
street and set them on the path where
they can begin to pursue their dreams.
I want to plead with people, fans,
friends and colleagues to spare a
thought for the children on the street.
We can begin by educating people
around us, parents, the children and
people in charge of children (Oga-
house help relationship, teacher-
student relationship, and others) on the
need to treat every child like the future
of Nigeria depends on it. And truth be
told, our future will not be all that
enjoyable if we let the scourge of
‘street-children’ fester.
By then, the rich will begin to cry. I
learnt Lagos State Government has 11
homes where most children picked
from the streets are kept, reformed and
reunited with their families after
counseling.

That is an initiative Mercy Johnson
Foundation will be supporting and
beyond that we will be going to
different states to help spread the
message-Get kids off the street, save
the future. From tomorrow, I will begin
to replay some of the lessons I learnt at
the boys’ reform home and we all can contribute to getting the kids off the street. I am grateful to everyone that has sent in a birthday message, tweet and gifts.

Thank you and God bless you. Mercy Johnson Okojie

Posted By K2I

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Posted on August 28, 2013, in News, Update. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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