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Yuletide: Helpline Foundation Empowers 600 Widows On Skills Acquisition In Abuja

Ahead of the Christmas season, the Helpline Foundation for the Needy, an Abuja-based non-governmental organization, has enrolled over 600 vulnerable women in various skill acquisition training programs in order to ease their plight in society.

The foundation in partnership with United Nation’s Global Ambassador Dr. Chanita Foster, and Make A Difference for Needy Foundation and Team Ramatu, Right Care Empowerment Foundation, Ladies Of Grace Abuja and Fragrance Bar, also distributed assorted food items worth millions to the vulnerable in the 18th edition of its reach-out programme to the needy in the society.

President and Founder of Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, hinted that the training was part of the foundation’s new plans to empower needy women in order to reach out to vulnerable women and children at the end of the year.

Ahmadu explained that the training was part of the foundation’s new plans to empower the needy women in order for them to in turn empower other vulnerable women for a better society.

She said that the gift and food items given to all the participants were also part of the arms-giving gesture of the foundation to celebrate this season with the vulnerable widows.

She, however, called on well-meaning Nigerians, corporate bodies government at all levels and relevant organisations to go beyond funfairs that characterized every festivities and use such occasions to empower the vulnerable in the society.

Her words, “It bleeds my heart whenever I see a vulnerable widow while struggling to feed her children and yet without any acquired skills or help from anywhere. So we have redesigned our program to focus mainly on empowering vulnerable widows and women through skills acquisition.

Just like our slogan says, “nobody is too poor to give and nothing is too small to give”. We sincerely thank our families and friends who have remained constant in their support in the past 18 years.

“Helpline Foundation has decided to focus more on skill acquisition programmes and empowerment of the vulnerable.

“We should teach them how to catch fish rather than giving them fish. In other words, we should move beyond funfair to the empowerment of the vulnerable in society. And I think it is the right way to go.

“It has been our tradition for over 18 years to seize every opportunity and occasion to put smiles on the faces of the less privileged especially women.

“Today, we are training women on the art of making hats, beads making and expression, soap making amongst others in view of the season and the beneficiaries of today’s training and as you can see they are all happy”, she said.

One of the beneficiaries who spoke on behalf of other beneficiaries, Mrs. Margret Audu commended the president of the foundation for her poverty reduction initiatives, adding that more of such kind-spirited non-governmental organisations are needed in the country in the fight against poverty.

She promised that the beneficiary will utilize the training for the benefit of not only their immediate family members but for the larger society.

She further assured that they will put the training to effective use.

Some of the food items distributed include bags of Rice Yams, Noodles, Maize, Vegetable Oil just to mention but a few.

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