The Ministry of Mercy Orphanages (MOM) is a Nigerian registered charity that cares for the physical, medical, educational, and spiritual needs of those in its care, regardless of their background, gender, color, sex or religion. Birthed by the compassion and love of long term Nigerian missionaries Paul and Caroline Gross and family, this work was handed off to Nigerian nationals Daniel and Esther Edeh on August 1, 1992. Located in the small village of Otutulu in Dekina Local Government Area, Kogi State on land donated by the Edeh family, it has now grown to be one of the largest orphanages in Nigeria with two large complexes providing a home for more than 400 residents, mostly children and babies. Originally started to care for those with physical or mental disabilities, the albino's, those with epilepsy and others with different challenges, the scope of care has expanded so that now most of the new residents entering its care are half or full orphans, predominantly infants.
The care policy of MOM has always been to care for anyone in need without any form of discrimination. This includes babies and children orphaned or infected by HIV/AIDS, as well as women infected with HIV/AIDS and, as a result, ostracized by their communities. One of the chief roles these women take on is the day-to-day care of the HIV/AIDS-positive children, creating family-like units into which the orphans are placed.
The original orphanage at Otutulu has grown to become a well-equipped center to care for the 300 or more persons in its charge as well as providing low-level outpatient medical care to those in the local community who do not require residence. This center includes:
Two dormitories Kitchen Large K-7 school Staff quarters Farm complex Guest quarters Discovery center Basic health clinic
In 2007, the decision was taken to start a new orphanage in the state capital of Lokoja about 100 miles away from the original orphanage in Otutulu. For the first 3 years an old hotel was rented to house the orphanage but in 2009 thirteen acres was purchased and construction started on the first building, the children and women’s dormitory, and more recently a smaller boy’s and men’s dormitory was built. In 2014 a new vision for a Medical Center was birthed and construction begun at the Lokoja site.