Zaria (Kaduna State) – A Lagos-based NGO, “Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation,” says it has provided scholarship to 300 orphans and offered skills training to over 400 less-privileged persons in the last one year.
Director-General of the NGO, Hajiya Adama Malik, stated in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Zaria.
She said that the scholarship covered pupils studying in nursery schools as well as university students.
“To God be the glory, we have touched lives, and the organisation has been helping people in Zaria and its environs, some also come from FCT, Kano and some other neighbouring states.
“We assist in various ways by giving out scholarship to the motherless, providing skills training in areas like; POP, tiling, sewing, knitting and soap making among others,” she said.
The director-general said that each skills training programme had its own duration, ranging from one, three to six months.
Malik, who is also the Northern Coordinator of the foundation, said the organisation assisted the needy with food items during festive periods like Ramadan, Sallah, Christmas and Easter.
She, however, identified lack of funds and increasing demands from the less-privileged in the society as two of the greatest challenges confronting the organistion.
“The headquarters of the foundation is based in Lagos and in view of the level of poverty in Northern Nigeria, Afolabi decided to extend his hand of goodness to the North,’’ he said.
According to her, the foundation is founded by the mother of a philanthropist and industrialist, Dr Taiwo Afolabi.(NAN)