By Gami Tadanyigbe
The Good Governance Awareness Initiative, in collaboration with Sam Empowerment Foundation have donated food items to 50 widows and most vulnerable in Jikwoi Community in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
Maureen Kelechi, Founder of the Good Governance Initiative while presenting the items, said that the donation was out of the foundation’s sincere love to ameliorate the sufferings of vulnerable and the less-privileged.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the palliatives distributed to over 50 widows and the less privileged in the community included rice, spaghetti, noodles, beans, sugar, millet, maize and guinea corn.
”The gesture become imperative because the women, especially the young widows find it very difficult to feed their children mostly at this period of COVID-19 that has adversely affected the economy.
“The economy and the pandemic has permeated the city and the country 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,” she said.
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.
Also speaking, Kiema Ogunlana, Project Director of Sam Empowerment Foundation said the focus of the foundation, include health, education, empowerment and civic engagement, all aimed at alleviating poverty in the society.
Ogunlana advised people in the community to adhere strictly to the restriction directive and take precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 virus.
“This gesture was actually born 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 full of gratitude to the foundations for coming to their rescue with the donations.
Mrs Florence Abiodun, a beneficiary of the palliative thanked the organisations for their kind gesture and called on well-meaning Nigerians to do the same.
NAN reports that the two NGOs carried out free HIV and malaria tests for the widows and the less privileged in the community. (NAN)