Easter: NGO distributes relief items to widows

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ABUJA – Sure Smiles and Children Advocacy (SSWCAI), an , on in Abuja distributed various relief items over 400 widows the six area councils of the FCT.

Mrs Chioma Uzoegbunam, the founder of the organisation, said the gesture, tagged  “Touch a , make a difference,’’ was designed celebrate Easter the widows.

“We felt in the spirit of Easter, it was necessary bring the celebration the widows put smiles on their faces and let them know they are still part of the society.

“We want them to know they are forgotten; we want them to have fun and be happy because some widows believe that they have been cursed,’’ she said.

Uzoegbunam said that the programme would be sustained and carried out often, to bring succour to widows, adding that the widows were being trained on entrepreneurship and how to stay healthy.

She urged the to develop themselves, be proud and believe in themselves, to enable them tackle the challenges they face daily.
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She said the items were donated by various sponsors such as PZ Cussons, Dufil’s Prima Foods, Red Cross Society, Society for Health and HelpLine Foundation, among others.

In his remark at the event, Dr Entonu Peter, the , Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention Therapy, Society for Health, enlightened the on causes and treatment of cervical cancer.

Peter, who was represented by Mrs Victoria Ekanem, explained that giving birth to many children and having multiple sexual partners was a major cause of cervical cancer.

He said that the disease could be treated through surgery and chemotherapy.

He said that early detection and regular screening could curtail the spread of the disease.

The widows were also trained on First Aid treatment, Personal and Environmental Hygiene and Entrepreneurship skills.

Hajiya Baba Ringo, the President, FCT International Widows Organisation, who spoke on behalf of the women, thanked Sure Smiles for remembering the widows.

She called on other to assist in empowering widows, saying that the plight of widows in rural areas was enormous as some of them could afford a meal a day.

“If you want to help a widow, teach them how to fish and do give them the fish just as SSWCAI has done today.

“There are many widows who do not even have one naira in a day, so empowering them business ideas and tools would alleviate their sufferings,” Ringo said

NAN that the items distributed included sewing machines, grinding machines, food items, coolers and toiletries, among others. (NAN)

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