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May 17, 2022
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FCT : CHEDI Gives100 Vulnerable Women Grinding Machines

It was an avalanche of encomiums and prayers for the CHEDI Foundation, from 100 less privileged women that were empowered with grinding machines in Abuja.

An expression of Joy and gratitude dominated the faces of the 100 vulnerable women and girls drawn from the FCT and Nassarawa State.

Some beneficiaries,Mrs Abadu Beauty, Asibi Ogu and Theresa Isa prayed “God bless them and their generations for remembering us”.

Each of the women also got an ear protector to protect their ears as they use the grinding machines for commercial purposes to make daily income to support their families .

The program was put together by Citizens Health Education And Development Initiative,CHEDI, founded by Mrs Selina Enyioha in collaboration with the World Bank Community Connections Campaign 2022.

Distributing the items at the Government Secondary School, Wuse Zone 3 in Abuja, CHEDI’s Executive Director, Mrs. Selina Akunna Enyioha said the gesture was borne out the desire to put smiles on the faces of the less privileged, particularly widows.

Her words: ” I like to make people happy. I don’t like to see people suffering.i know the plight of women as a retired nurse. So, whatever I can do to assist the poor, I just do it. 49 women from Nassarawa and 51 from FCT are going home with a grinding machine, ear muffs, and five thousand naira each for transportation fare and fuel for the engine…”

Mrs Enyioha explained that the choice to get them grinding machine emanated from the interview conducted on the ‘Needs Assessment’ of the community women.

According to her, with the economic situation in the country, compounded by
Covid-I9 pandemic and worsened by insecurity, banditry, kidnapping, rape and other vices,
everyone is now in need and qualifies tor some form of empowerment.

“Today, we are empowering 49 vulnerable women from Nasarawa State and 51 from FCT. And we are very grateful to our Funders, the World Bank Staff for accepting the idea of empowering these vulnerable women with petrol operated grinding machines as requested.” Enyioha said

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen , represented by Assistant Director, Illyasu Omar Zubair who commended the Organisers for promoting the welfare of rural poor women, said the time to challenge those relegating women as second class citizen was now.

Dame Pauline Tallen also cautioned against political intimidation and Gender Based Violence, especially, against women and children.

Moreso, the representative of Ministry of Health, Mr Ogbonna Micheal and Director Special Duties, FCT Health and Human Service Secretariat , Mr Matthew Ashikeni unanimously encouraged the women not to sell the grinding machines, but rather, use it for commercial purposes to earn daily income.

Two beneficiaries from CHEDI’s last year’s empowerment Programme, Mrs Comfort Egemonu and Mrs Blessing Ndubisi said the intervention had tremendously helped them to put their children back to school.

By Remi Johnson

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