NGO Puts Smile On Faces Of Widows In Abuja

17 August 2020 by Lawal Mohammed

A Non Governmental Organization, Good Governance Awareness Initiative in Partnership with the Sam Empowerment Foundation, SEF and the FCT Administration has Distributed Palliatives and Medical items to Widows in Jikwoyi Community in the FCT.

Founder of the NGO, Kelechi Onwukwe
said the initiative was borne out of the passion to meet the needs of Widows and the vulnerable.

According to her,
“One of the critical segments of society that is easily thrown under the bus are the widows’. Widowhood is a state that often comes with increasing challenges instigated by cultural practices as well as societal idiosyncrasies that denies them their rights to property of their deceased husbands in most cases, harassment, job losses and many other issues leaving them to fend for themselves and their children”.

“we are doing this In response to the effects of Covid-19 on the national economy and to bring succour to widows in the Federal Capital Territory.

She explained that the palliative was prompted by her organization’s understanding of the financial and health challenges posed by covid-19 to the disadvantaged in the society, “particularly, the widows knowing that most of them get their daily bread only when they make their daily sales”.

“As a non-governmental organization committed to giving voice to the sufferings of the populace through advocacy and education, it has become expedient for us to reach out to the populace in this difficult times brought upon the people by the pandemic. We cannot be asking them to live up to the values of good governance by holding government accountable in an empty stomach, she stated”.

“We are grateful to our partners, the Federal Capital Territory Administration for their support in providing palliatives, and SEF for making this mission a success, especially in the aspect of medical services. It is our resolve as an organization to continue this mission to all the satellite towns in Abuja and beyond and also calling on well meaning Nigerians to support this mission”,

Receiving the items, the Esu of Jikwoyi, Dr Bawa Jetta, expressed appreciation for the kind gesture.

The Palliatives and Medical items distributed includes food items, blood test instrument, sugar level test instrument, malaria drugs among others.

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