By Tony Obiechina, Abuja
As part of activities to mark its 70th Anniversary celebrations, the Honored Order of the Knights and Ladies of St Mulumba Nigeria on Friday paid a charity visit to an orphanage, The Victorine Home for Children located in Gwarinpa Area of Abuja to felicitate with the inmates.
During the visit which was led the Supreme Knight, Sir Charles Mbelede in company of Supreme and Metro officers as well as Noble Ladies of the Order, the Knights presented a cheque of One million Naira to the Orphanage for the upkeep of the children.
Speaking while making the presentation, Sir Mbelede said the gesture was part of the KSM’s cardinal objectives geared towards “giving voice to the voiceless”.
He commended the founders of the Home, The Sisters of Jesus The Redeemer & Associates for the Initiative, saying that “it is a worthy venture which was started in a good direction”.
Expressing their gratitude for the gesture, the Rev Sister in charge, Bridget disclosed that the Home was founded primarily to provide foster home for children of women in prison and to rehabilitate children in difficulties by providing feeding, basic healthcare and education.
The Supreme Knight while addressing a world Press conference to flag off the Platinum Jubilee Anniversary celebrations, said in 70 years, KSM has become a household name.
He stated that the Order through its consistent trajectory of success, innovation, evangelism, investments and other benchmarks and capacity building, has etched itself as a global brand.
According to him, the Order which was founded on 14th June, 1953, “was exactly 70 years three days ago on June 14, 2023, adding that “KSM the little mustard seed has become an Iroko”.
Mbelede further stated that the KSM has grown from a Subordinate Council of 23 founding members, two of whom later became Bishops with Founder Abbot Abraham Ojefua as the Pioneer Grand Knight to the present strength of 285 Sub Councils across nine Metropolitan Councils.
“With a current numerical strength of over 23,000 membership cuts across all the professions and host of other skills across every sector of the economy. It has an emphatic presence in Cameroon and Uganda. The decision to adopt an African saint a a Role model, underscores Ojefua’s world view and commitment to his African roots, he added.