A non-governmental organisation, Aida Benjamin Foundation has empowered and trained no fewer than 30 widows on vocational skills acquisition.
The widows were trained on various skill acquisitions of their choice which includes: event management, catering, shoe making, sewing, soap making, among others.
Aida Benjamin Foundation provides care for the vulnerable members of the society by providing hope through empowerment, shelter, healthcare and education, as well as create a vibrant, healthy and compassionate community by transforming lives.
Speaking exclusively to LEADERSHIP at the graduation ceremony in Abuja yesterday, the founder of the foundation, Mrs Adaku Oseiza, disclosed that the aim of the vocational training is to enable them to make ends meet and improve their financial status.
Oseiza who is also jeweller said that by training the widows they will be empowered and not become a menace in the society.
She urged the widows to improve upon what they learnt during the programme saying, the training will enable them to be selfless and fend for their families.
‘’This foundation is a miracle and I thank God for keeping it going.
‘’Some of the widows have three to four kids at home, so this training will go a long way for them to cater for their families,’’ she said.
She described the training as a dream come through, adding that she feel very elated for the opportunity God gave her to achieve the feat.
Oseiza averred that the gesture was part of the organisation campaign to put smiles on the faces of widows.
She said the objective of the NGO was to help widows, orphans and vulnerable children in the community.
Oseiza who encouraged the widows never to look down on themselves but to give thanks to God Almighty for keeping them alive throughout the year, advised the women to always have a grateful heart.
In her remarks, Mrs Zainab Nda-Isaiah described the training as timely and encompassing.
She said that the training will compliment federal government’s effort in tackling unemployment and poverty, especially among women.
‘’My observation today is that you don’t have to do too much to impact the lives of someone positively.‘’There is no right time to achieve great ideas; you just have to start from somewhere. The small kind gestures you do can go a long way in impacting the lives of others.
She, however, urged them to be positive and keep good networks.
‘’The current reality of the economy in the country makes it necessary for women not to rely solely on white collar jobs, but to look for alternative sources of engaging themselves meaningfully through capacity building and skill acquisition,’’ she added.
One of the trainees, Angela Haruna Anthony who learnt event management and catering thanked the foundation for touching their lives of widows positively.
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