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HOPEVILLE REHABILITATION CENTRE, UTURU

 

        In line with the wishes of the founder of the Marist Brothers, St. Marcellin Champagnat, who wanted the Brothers to work with and for the poor, there became a need after the Nigeria Civil War to provide for the physically and material handicapped victims of the war. Hopeville Rehabilitation Centre was therefore established in 1971 to become home to the homeless and provide rehabilitation for these victims in terms of shelter, food and education/training. As the name implies, it indeed became a village of hope as these war victims soon realized that even with their disability, they could become successful craftsmen, entrepreneurs or even employers of labour, thereby earning a living in very dignifying way rather than become perpetual beggars and liability to the society. The center later became a fully fledged vocational training centre where young people (male and female) whose legs or hands were amputated or crippled, including polio victims were admitted and trained in various trades like; sewing, shoe making, knitting and electrical/electronic works. Bright residents are usually offered scholarships to study in Marist Comprehensive Academy to further their education. The centre up till 1990s when the agro-economy of Nigerian nation took a down turn also established and successfully managed the Marist Feed Mill and Poultry, one of the largest at a time in the Eastern part of the country. The inmates provided reasonable manpower for her operations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Marcellin Champagnat.

The Founder Of Marist

Brothers Of The Schools.

(1817)