The first time we heard about Mrs Okhulegbe was sometime in June of 2016, when a concerned neighborhood friend of hers reached out to us, after hearing about the lives Dagomo had affected positively. What was told to us was beyond the reality we actually met, this lady was living in a deplorable state that was best imagined than experienced.
When we visited Mrs Okhulegbe we were heartbroken and shocked with her living condition. She lived in a two bedroom apartment and the heavy smell of dampness hung in the air everywhere accompanied with a putrid smell of fresh human defecation oozing out. Mrs Okhulegbe, an 80 years old woman appeared abandoned, lying down in the dark, looking so unkept and haggard.
She was disheveled, lying helpless and immobile, and we later found out from her that she had suffered a minor stroke. Not being used to receiving visitors, she appeared shocked to see us at first, but was later full of joy, after we introduced ourselves and told her our mission. Some of our welfare staff volunteered to help with house cleaning on that day, and after much sanitation we made it conducive as best as we could.
After discussing with mama we were able to establish that she lived with her grandchildren, but was estranged from her only son, who seldom visited. The grand children had gone out to fend for themselves, with good neighbors giving her lunch. Before we left that fateful day we presented her with clothes, food and money meant to help and assist her in our own little way.
We immediately established a relationship with Mama as I chose to call her, we also got to meet her grandchildren and visited regularly with relief materials. Dagomo reached out to her son when he visited in December and he agreed to support Mama by providing for her rent along with a monthly allowance.
Mama became a major part of our weekly clinic, becoming our alpha patient receiving free medical treatment and constant follow-up from Dagomo. Today, Mama has improved, full of smiles and with the aid of a stick provided by Dagomo she is now mobile.
It is no surprise now that mama has earned the name of mama Dagomo, or Land lady amongst the other beneficiaries of our program for the elderly.
We can’t thank God enough for helping us affect Mama’s life and make a huge difference, her smiling face and many others like her keep us going on every day and giving our best.