NGOs donate food items to widows, vulnerable in FCT community

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NGOs distributing the palliatives to the widows

NGOs donate food items to widows, vulnerable in FCT community

TWO NGOs, Good Governance Awareness Initiative and Sam Empowerment Foundation have donated food items to 50 widows and the vulnerable in Jikwoi Community in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

Founder of the Good Governance Initiative, Maureen Kelechi, who presented the items, said that the donation was out of the foundation’s efforts to ease the pains of the less-privileged.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the palliatives included rice, spaghetti, noodles, beans, sugar, millet, maize and guinea corn.

Kelechi: ”The gesture become imperative because the women, especially the young widows find it very difficult to feed their children at this period of COVID-19 that has adversely affected the economy.

“The economy and the pandemic has actually made it a herculean task for people to survive.

“The livelihood of the people has been affected and the poorest of the poor have also been affected.”

Kelechi said that the foundation’s objective was to meet the needs of the less privileged and the vulnerable groups in the society, especially at the grassroots.

The Project Director of Sam Empowerment Foundation Kiema Ogunlana, said the focus of the foundation, include health, education, empowerment and civic engagement, all aimed at alleviating poverty in the society.

Ogunlana advised members of the community to strictly keep the  precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“This gesture was actually borne from the fact that with the recent pandemic that has affected the entire nation, we see that hunger and livelihood of people have been affected.

“So we thought it wise to mitigate such situations by distributing these palliatives to help cushion the effect of the hardship in the society,” she said.

Some of the beneficiaries were grateful to the foundations for coming to their rescue with the donations.

Mrs Florence Abiodun, a beneficiary of the palliative thanked the organisations for the gesture and called on wealthy Nigerians to do the same.

The two NGOs carried out free HIV and malaria tests for the widows and the less privileged in the community. (NAN)

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